Feldgrau's Future

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Re: Feldgrau's Future

Postby Jason Pipes » Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:33 am

Folks, I am VERY pleased to say that as of this morning we have received enough donations to cover the entire past due amount, and we are on the way towards establishing support each month to insure this never happens again!

Members really stepped up to the plate with some very generous donations and it means the world to me personally and it should mean a great deal to each and every person that uses Feldgrau in some way. These folks very literally helped insure Feldgrau remains online. John M, John H, Tom, Ivan, CV, Peter, Nico, Scott, and Cass. These folks really stepped up. THANK YOU.

In addition we have received some additional donations that will immediately go towards the next monthly bill. Ongoing it is our goal (and frankly our need) to insure we continue to receive full funding from our members. We have made it through the worst of it but we aren't 100% out of the woods yet. We need to insure we continue to receive donations so if you can consider helping to support the site please let us know. We really do need your support!

As for the future, we have taken this matter very seriously and are working hard to reduce our monthly cost to a more managable level. For starters we are working with our server host to move to a cheaper plan (this has been ongoing and has not been easy to get them to agree to). We also will be including discreet banner ads on the site, making changes to the marketplace folder, launching a Cafe Press site, expanding our Feldgrau for sale section, and working to add a section of the forum for more indepth and targeted information provided by some of our more professional authors and members.

Thank you to everyone who donated in this time of need!
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Re: Feldgrau's Future

Postby MadDog » Thu Mar 24, 2011 7:37 pm

I must of missed it.. whats your Pay Pal address ?

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Re: Feldgrau's Future

Postby Jason Pipes » Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:02 pm

Thanks for your support. You can use jpipes@feldgrau.com for any and all donations. Thank you very much in advance!!
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Re: Feldgrau's Future

Postby Jason Pipes » Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:05 pm

Some good news. After ongoing discussions our server host has agreed to reduce our current rate and still keep us on a managed server! The performance and all the other specs we currently utilize and appreciate will remain, but our monthly cost will be going down.

We will still very much need your ongoing support in the form of donations to help cover our costs, so please consider stepping up to help support the sites! Under our new plan the amount we will need has become much more managable. With your support we can remain online without any issue at all.
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Re: Feldgrau's Future

Postby colhot » Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:30 am

Hi

Even though I only read the posts in the forums and do not contribute I have donated $25 dollars to help support the site.

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Re: Feldgrau's Future

Postby Scott Revell » Fri Apr 08, 2011 2:20 pm

[quote="colhot"]Hi

Even though I only read the posts in the forums and do not contribute I have donated $25 dollars to help support the site.

Regards

Colin[/quote]

Good on you Colin and thank you on behalf of everyone. Nice thign to do!

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Re: Feldgrau's Future

Postby joefraser » Sat Apr 09, 2011 11:24 am

hi guys and gals,
I only just read this today. Well done to the people who dug deep to keep Feldgrau on track. I don't have much spare cash but will donate $5-10 per month from May, I hope this helps.
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Re: Feldgrau's Future

Postby michael kenny » Sat Apr 09, 2011 2:18 pm

I sent money via Paypal but it was not accepted and was returned to me.
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Re: Feldgrau's Future

Postby donwhite » Thu Apr 14, 2011 2:43 am

Same thing happened to me first time around. Turned out I had Jason's email address incorrectly entered. No hassles at the 2nd attempt after double checking the email address!

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Re: Feldgrau's Future

Postby John P. Moore » Wed Apr 20, 2011 7:44 pm

Thanks to all the recent contributors for supporting Feldgrau.

jpipes@feldgrau.com

is the correct PayPal address which I verified today when I sent in my donation for April.

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Re: Feldgrau's Future

Postby Der Alte Fritz » Sat Apr 23, 2011 2:36 pm

Sorry to hear your troubles Jason
Have sent a donation by PayPal to help keep you afloat. Just do not read my profile that often. :[]
Have a look at this Beekeeping forum, they have a donations bar across the top which helps encourage people to donate and so that you can see how we are doing each month. Might be an idea to keep people informed and aware of the issue.

http://www.beekeepingforum.co.uk/
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Re: Feldgrau's Future

Postby Jason Pipes » Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:46 am

Thanks for the ongoing support folks! Thanks especially goes to John Moore who continues to be not only a moderator and admin for the forum, but an active donor as well. His expertise, as well as his willingness to support the site are greatly appreciated. Thank you John! Thanks to all the forum mods and admins in fact, whom without the site could not function as it does.

And thanks also to everyone who has donated so far, first to help get the site back on track, and now as we get ready for May and the remainder of the year. We've reduced our operating costs as much as possible. With just a few donations a month everyone can help insure the site remains online indefinetely.

Thanks for the pointer regarding the donation bar from another site. I will look into adding that to Feldgrau.

So far we are on track for our next monthly bill. We need about $60 more. If you haven't donated this month and you are able to help do so, your support would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your donations and support!!
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Re: Feldgrau's Future

Postby Jason Pipes » Thu May 12, 2011 1:57 pm

Just another note to say thank you to the folks who continue to come forward and provide a donation each month. We are receiving (and need to continue receiving) donations each month and thus far all our costs are being covered. If you have provided a donation so far, THANK YOU. If you are able to we hope you can continue to do so into the future. If you haven't been able to donate we hope you consider helping out in the future.

Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support!!
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Re: Feldgrau's Future

Postby feldkino » Tue May 24, 2011 6:32 am

Hello Feldgrau,

It would be a terrible loss for this forum to discontinue. I might be able to help. If I could receive a contact telephone number/skype ID I'd be willing to call and talk about options. Regards.

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Re: Feldgrau's Future

Postby Shadow » Sun Jun 05, 2011 2:35 pm

Tom Houlihan wrote:Greetings, Forum Kameraden!
I really hate to do this, but it needs to be done if we are going to keep Feldrau as we know it.
The bottom line is that Jason is having difficulty paying for the server that hosts Feldgrau. It costs a decent bit of change, and most of it has been coming out of his pocket. His pockets aren't that full.
Right now, damned few of us have spare cash. It's a rough time. We all need to think about how much Feldgrau is worth to us.
If we could come up with the equivalent of 10 people donating $20 a month, he'd be covered. Nobody's suggesting refinancing the house to help Jason out. But is there something you could cut down on monthly maybe to help keep Feldgrau up and running?
This is your chance to be a non-fictional Forum Hero. Who's with me?
By the way, if you use PayPal, you can donate their using his regular e-mail address, jpipes@feldgrau.net


Tom, as I discussed with you (via telecom) this afternoon, it's been a long time since I visited my "Home Page Forum at Feldgrau"!! :oops:

Before I go over to the store (you know what I mean!) I'd like to get an accounting from you and/or Jason as to what the total cost of running "Feldgrau" is for a 12 month period.

If I'm going to spend the profits from my 48% (you know what I mean) then I would be more than happy to disburse some of it to "Feldgrau" !! Even though I'm not too fond (and/or happy) with Mr.Pipes for rejecting my forum offerings, over the years, and thus had to submit them to Marcus @ A.H.F. for publishing, I still have a deep feeling for "Feldgrau", as it was the first "Military Forum" that I ever discovered on the "WWW"!!!

Tom / Jason: Give me a figure, and I'll get back to you soonest with the $$$ you require to keep Felgrau running. As Tom can attest, I'm good for it!! :up: :up:

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