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Old 04-20-2005, 10:27 AM
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Someone mentioned to me about having a donation box on their forum. Has anyone tried this? I'd be curious to hear opinions about this.
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Old 04-20-2005, 02:17 PM
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I have had a donation button, but no one has ever used it. I think its a wise idea to make sure you spend more time on building the community feel, and then people will volunteer donations. I don't think the Admin constantly asking for money, especially in the beginning, will be very successful.

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You could try premimum usergroup, e.g. giving larger PM quota, no ads etc

which is a kinda of a donation but you give them something back in return.
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I've seen both user subscriptions and straight donations work very well. I've also seen them both flop. It all depends on the user base.
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User subscriptions has worked well for me.
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Have a good community and userbase before you add subscriptions or a donation button... Otherwise, it's just not going to work, and people feel kinda "weird" about visiting a tiny site where the webmaster has donaton pleas and such plastered everywhere. XD

I use Paypal for donations and the subscriptions system via my vBulletin for "contributers" accounts to allow people some extra features when they donate! Along with a few brilliant ideas, the donations are small, but they substained the site!
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well because i offer free mobile phone downloads before each download i have a little pop up telling people how much other sites could charge you for the same file and asking them to donate... It works alright but every time someone donates 1 i get 23p taken away by paypal...

Premium membership works fine as well. I have changed the VIP usergroupl color a few hours ago and im also going to add a little medal do the rank for these people. Dont know if this will work though
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