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I need your help!!

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Shaun, 5 Oct 2017.

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  1. Shaun

    Shaun Founder Staff Member

    Hello everyone,

    You’ve all been incredibly supportive of CycleChat by continuing to visit and help grow this forum into the busy and popular cycling community it is today, but I need a hand with settling some of the bills generated by the set up and running of CC.

    It will probably surprise most people to learn that I've never made any profit from CycleChat. Instead I have spent a lot of my own money keeping it running, which I've done because I love the community we have here on the forum and want to keep it advertisement free for members. I know that an ad-free site is what we all prefer.

    So if you’ve ever got something out of CycleChat and wanted to give something back, now is your opportunity to do so.

    How much are we talking? Well I need to raise £3,500 for the immediate CycleChat bills, and anything over this will contribute to future running costs and greatly ease the financial pressures.

    I’ve set up a page where you can make a contribution

    Donations are entirely voluntary and you can choose to make them anonymous.

    Anyone who doesn't feel able to help out financially can still make a positive difference by creating new threads - which attracts visitors, increases our Google footprint, helps generate ad impressions, and encourages new members to join - or by clicking on the shopping links when you buy bikes and gear from your favourite retailers (it doesn't cost you any more and CC gets a few pennies commission).

    Note: contributions go through PayPal but if you'd prefer to use direct bank transfer, just click this link to PM me for bank details.

    In the meantime I have moved to a more cost effective server, which should help keep CC ticking along as we move forward.

    I want to thank you all personally for helping to make CycleChat one the best and busiest cycling forums in the UK.

    Many thanks,
  2. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    £500 in already!! Well done people, let's keep it coming...
    Shaun, Bimble, Illaveago and 2 others like this.
  3. spen666

    spen666 Guru

    @Shaun It may encourage people to realise how much this site costs to run if you give some idea of what the £3500 immediate bills are for?
  4. Fonze

    Fonze Totally obsessive , cool by nature

    Rough amount each person should contribute if that helps ..
  5. Beebo

    Beebo Firm and Fruity

    I was going to donate 1p for every message I have sent but that totalled £70.
    So I will donate 1p per trophy point which is £21.60.
    Seems very cheap to me for hours of buffoonery.
    Tom B, Shaun, Banjo and 14 others like this.
  6. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Barmy in Barming

    It's up to the individual as to how much they want to donate.
    Shaun, Bimble and Beebo like this.
  7. Adrian

    Adrian Heed the elf's wisdom

    Fairer by the word.
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  8. nickyboy

    nickyboy Norven Mankey

    Maybe I should pay per "like" received, in recognition of the warm, fuzzy glow they give me
    Tom B, hopless500, Shaun and 16 others like this.
  9. Adrian

    Adrian Heed the elf's wisdom

    @Markymark will be wondering whether or not he can afford that new i-phone.
  10. spen666

    spen666 Guru

    I won't need to donate anything then - can I have a refund on my donation please
  11. Randombiker9

    Randombiker9 Active Member

    I would give donation but can't as I can't pay.
  12. ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    I think it is time to set up an ongoing voluntary CycleChat subscription scheme!

    Surely, all but the most hard up of us wouldn't find (say) £1-2 a month unaffordable? (Better off members could always pay more if they wanted to.) We should easily cover the forum's running costs and finally allow Shaun to start making an income from all of his hard work.

    Perhaps each patron could have a 'CycleChat sponsor' badge displayed under their avatar?
    Saluki, Jason, Scoosh and 16 others like this.
  13. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Barmy in Barming

    Along with Paypal there is a bank transfer option.
  14. DCLane

    DCLane Found in the Yorkshire hills ...

    Chucked a bit more in the bucket - 10p per trophy point.

    However I'd suggest the current system isn't sustainable. Whether it's a subscription/advertising model you shouldn't be out of pocket for the time and effort put in.
    Last edited: 5 Oct 2017
    Shaun, Scoosh, BurningLegs and 6 others like this.
  15. midlife

    midlife Veteran

    Ah, so when you press donate you get a PayPal page?

    Illaveago and DCLane like this.
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