Your donation Sam is the single biggest single contribution we've ever received, that's not far off covered us for a month alone! So thanks very much.
I never cease to be amazed by the generosity of the members here.
We're using cloud based server(s) and so the cost scales with the activity, which is excellent if it's quiet, and as we're UK based predominantly means costs scale down through the night, it does also mean when it gets busier the costs go up too.
Normally with ad funded forums and websites that's not a problem because if traffic and usage goes up ad revenue does too, with a donation based running cost offset model, that won't happen as the bulk of the traffic is from new members and guests who aren't likely to donate, and if they do it'll be a small contribution as they at that point perceive low value in the forum.
There's many facets to it which I'm really only just learning, but the dream of this place being fully crowd funded doesn't seem very far fetched.
Thanks HK for your subscription based contribution, I didn't even know if that works, but it came through so many thanks.