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    Hi all
    I have been asked many times over the years if I'm taking donations for the upkeep of this website. I've said often that I'll get something together and never have until now

    So, I've set up a donation button (see link below) that will send donations to my Paypal account. From there, they go straight to the hosting company and I'll make up any difference for monthly hosting costs.

    I'm happy to answer any questions of course. Note that I don't care whether you decide to donate or not and if you decide to donate I don't care how much. I will never reveal names of donors to anyone.

    paypal.me/AndrewMacLeanAus
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    It seems to work

    BTW, is the currency in USD on purpose? Just wondered if we both get to pay currency conversion if it goes from EUR -> USD -> AUD..
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    The server fees are in USD which is why I picked that currency. If you're paying in anything other than USD you'll get Paypal's currency conversion which is pretty much the same as any bank - at least last time I checked
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    Really? When I checked ages ago they tried to rob me with the exchange rates. They mentioned something about increased risk due to fluctuations and increased fraud risk or other BS. I get the cheapest rates by allowing my credit card company to convert the rates so I always take the one that is used for the charge.
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    My first question is:

    Andrew, do you take any of these donated funds for yourself? I know you put in a lot of time for this Forum and I do think your time is worth some monetary compensation. But of course that depends on how much is donated.

    And also, how much does it cost to host this site each month?
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    Based on what I've seen from other forums that accepted donations they never were enough to cover basic hosting expenses, so unfortunately I wouldn't be too worried about any money being left over after the hosting costs.. I do hope Andrew wouldn't need to pay out of pocket for giving us this great site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pberggren1 View Post
    My first question is:

    Andrew, do you take any of these donated funds for yourself? I know you put in a lot of time for this Forum and I do think your time is worth some monetary compensation. But of course that depends on how much is donated.

    And also, how much does it cost to host this site each month?
    Hi mate
    Nope - any funds donated go straight to paying fees for server hosting, VBSEO and VBulletin licensing fees. I don't charge for my time

    The server costs $99USD per month.
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    You are a saint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pberggren1 View Post
    You are a saint.
    That is the first time I've been called a saint. My reputation is now ruined lol
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    Sorry mate......lol
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