Got a real site sponsor today... gave the $$$ to the staff

fixer

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Finally!....it took long enough for my main site to get a real sponsor, (i have another board with multiple sponsors)

My main site isn't easily sponsorable :)

Anyway i gave the money to the staff, seemed like the right thing to do
 

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Anyway i gave the money to the staff, seemed like the right thing to do
I knew it! You're really just a marshmallow in a crispy shell, aren't you?

Seriously though, that's a really good thing for you to have done. In all my time dealing with forums, I've never seen someone do that :)
 
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R0binHood

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Look at fixer here, handing out fat forum stacks to his mods!





Now you've got The Sandman sweatin', hoping his mods don't get any ideas

 

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Gain the confidence of the staff and make them feel appreciated and they will gladly follow your lead.

A lot of forum staff members put in more work than the owners without as much as a thank you

i think google adsense revenue sharing with staff is a win win for site owners
 

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Paying them money is risk legally because you're creating an employer/employee or contractor relationship, whether intentional or not. Their actions can then potentially leave you liable.

I've always limited it to gifts during the holiday season and swag like t-shirts and mugs. I have paid admins in the past, but it was a written legal agreement and they were paid as a contractor every month, a fixed amount. And that was only on mega busy (thousands of posts per day) boards where admin'ing could take a big chunk of time.
 

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Paying them money is risk legally because you're creating an employer/employee or contractor relationship, whether intentional or not. Their actions can then potentially leave you liable.

I've always limited it to gifts during the holiday season and swag like t-shirts and mugs. I have paid admins in the past, but it was a written legal agreement and they were paid as a contractor every month, a fixed amount. And that was only on mega busy (thousands of posts per day) boards where admin'ing could take a big chunk of time.
Even though we haven't ran into any issues yet our group of volunteers on our moderators team has made it a point of requesting that under no circumstances should they be called "staff" or referred to as a "staff member". When I inquired why they pointed me in the direction of a lawsuit where a "staff member" ended up causing a site to be held liable for what that person posted as opinion.

It was easy enough to go through XF's phrases and get rid of the word "staff" so now it's just matter of remembering to refer them as "volunteers" and our "volunteer moderating team" instead. With a lot of links being posted to products with a lot of opinions being posted it's a better-safe-than-sorry measure.

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/2...efamation-suit-against-bleepingcomputer.shtml
 

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You've already shown more benevolence than many thriving fat cats used to plead poverty from the top of their thrones :eking:

I'm averse to the idea of spreading monies around directly, but what really counts is that whatever way you showed appreciation that came from your own initiative, and was especially unnecessary. Staff are more collaborators than underlings anddeserve the positive affirmation from these occasional moves.
 

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I gave each of my staff members $10,000 when i sold DB , under the table i paid all the taxes ($32,000 just in taxes)
 

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i sold out before facebook steamrolled “popular nitche” communities
 

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and btw you know what they did after i sent them all the $... they permabanned me
 

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I gave each of my staff members $10,000 when i sold DB , under the table i paid all the taxes ($32,000 just in taxes)
That's almost too generous... Between the car and this, I find it difficult to believe sponsors werent fighting for your favour.
 

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When you go over a certain amount it gets messy gota cut company money from personal because the tax man ain't yo friend.

But it's good to reward people. Even if it is something small. Amazon gift cards etc.
 

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That's almost too generous... Between the car and this, I find it difficult to believe sponsors werent fighting for your favour.
it wast all sponsors its google ads and membership upgrades
 

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Not very wise to admit to tax fraud on an open forum.
what are you talking about? its not fraud i paid the taxes on all the money including their shares. i gifted them money. i hired an accountant and was also audited that year and everything was square
 
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We both know what under the table means. Why'd you say it you didn't mean it?
 
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