We would like to raise $55 to keep certain features on this community going for the next year. Feel free to donate via Paypal
UPDATE: $60 raised! Thanks! If you would like to contribute to future costs of the community, please do! I'll keep the button active for the meantime. :)
UPDATE #2: Wow! The community's costs through the end of 2015 are now covered! Thanks, everyone!!Screengrabs of receipts for the related tranasactions.
As you know, we maintain several features on this community that cost cash money: the paid status of this LJ and the two domain names, doctorwhocosplay.com and dwcosplay.com.
The paid status of the community keeps the space ad-free and allows us to utilize a customized layout which makes the tags/memories a lot easier for visitors to browse and find what they're looking for.
The domain names serve two purposes. First, it's a lot easier to remember dwcosplay.com
when bragging up the community in various contexts (and it fits more easily within a business card/program blurb, too!). Secondly, it's part of our ongoing "lifeboat" regimen - the domain names will always direct you to the current home of the community, even if the
LJ overlords, abruptly shut-down English-language operations and leave us high and dry*. Such planning is the sort of thing that doesn't sound important until suddenly, it is. We like it here on LJ and hope to remain, but catastrophes can happen...
The moderators would really appreciate it if you, the members, could help us out with those costs. The mods have been carrying them out-of-pocket since the beginning, but circumstances have us a little strapped for cash, this time around.
Renewal time for the domain names is coming up on December 23rd, and the annual renewal for the community's paid status is coming up in February. For the sake of simplicity, we're tackling both matters, now.
Renewal for the domains is $15 per year, each ($30/total) and the costs of a paid LJ community is $25/year.
If you can spare a dollar or two, please donate via Paypal by clicking on the big shiny button.
If you don't fancy the idea of throwing money into a stranger's PayPal bucket (and I totally understand that) you can buy paid time for the community, directly
- just be very
sure to designate dw_cosplay
as the recipient under "gift options".
All donations will be used for the benefit of the community. ETA: screengrabs of receipts may be seen here
, by whatever means, the costs for the community for the next five years are met, then I will immediately deactivate the Paypal button and edit this post, just for the sake of modesty. Of course, it would be awesome if we didn't have to worry about these costs for another five years, but I think planning beyond that would smack of hubris. Then again, dw_cosplay has been here for over SEVEN YEARS so maybe I'm selling us short... ;)
Questions, concerns, etc, please bring 'em on.
ETA: Why do we maintain two domain names? Because for regulars of the community, dwcosplay.com
is shorter to type/easy to remember, but it's not intuitive for a stranger, which is why I tend to use the longer name doctorwhocosplay.com
when talking about the community in a public forum. There's also my paranoia about dealing with potential confusion if another entity set up shop under the longer name, so I think it's in the community's best interests to hang on to it...
*It nearly happened in the past, and I'm not certain the risk is over.