Bubba, Your boss would advertise on the site and generate revenue from it. Win Win?
I'm in for donating my $$ for the cause.
Yeah, that's what he was thinking.
There would still be bills to pay regularly, primarily the cloud hosting for the forum.
I can virtually guarantee that ad revenue will not come close to paying for the cloud, much less any kind of profits.
I don't believe vBullettin requires a traffic level to be locked in and if not, we should start at the cheapest level & adjust as bandwidth/traffic requires.
As far as a GoFundMe site, they require a goal to be set & published.
I kind of wonder if that would actually stall when people see that the goal is close or reached ...
I'd rather see any funds raised for the forum go to a PayPal account.
That would make paying for the cloud easier as well as ease of accounting on the back end.
I have control over the shopping cart at www.BuyYamahaParts.com
& I could add an item that donors could 'buy' virtually, at least for the start-up costs.
If I'm handling that (for example) I'd post a quarterly report or something to show where the money is going on the forum.
That way there would be some accountability & everyone could see that it really does cost money to have this place online.
I've managed the Rock River Powersports store PayPal & eBay accounts since 2008 without incident, I think I can handle an account for a website.
In a perfect world, there would be enough ad revenue generated that the forum would be self-supporting and no further fundraising would be required.
Advertising revenue would be accounted separately since that wouldn't involve any forum members (except me doing the work), nor cost anyone on the forum anything.
That's assuming there would even be any ad revenue. That's been a 'little to none' thing in the past.
I'm hoping that since this would be a 'company sponsorship' deal that I could turn that around, at least a little.
Some people will have to get past their hatred for 'stealerships' if that's going to fly at all.
Ideas - thoughts?