August 24th, 2007

Pratchett//redo from start - wildecate


I don't know what to do now.

After posting that I could no longer afford my web hosting, I have had several genuine offers to either pay for the whole thing or to contribute to the cost so that INaP can stay exactly where it is.

I am incredibly touched by this and part of me wants to scream "Yes!" straight away, but...

I have issues with sites that have giant logos declaring they can only run with the financial contribution of the users of the site - especially fandom sites. We're already skirting on the edges of copyright law, we could at any moment get a C&D if WB, UPN, Mutant Enemy, Joss, Nick or anyone else who has a legitimate claim of ownership decides that enough's enough. It's less likely in this fandom because Joss is on record encouraging fandom to continue his 'verse, but it is still a genuine possibility.

If I accept money towards the upkeep of the sites then even if that money is being used solely to keep the site online, I am in essence being paid to run the site. That's taking the line and blowing it apart.

I know every offer (including those from people I do not know personally) is genuine and meant in the best way, but I have to admit to being flumoxed right now.

I need to think on it some more.

(And there's also - to me - the issue that only part of the web space I have is given over to INaP and related sites. Okay, yes, it's the majority of the space, but I also have my own site up there which for me further complicates the matter.)

The cost of keeping it with my webhost is just shy of 100 pounds (£98), I've had issues with them and had been looking into moving to another host at some point but the costs there are comparable. If I was to accept money from people it would be 100 GBP (around 200 USD). To me that's a lot of money, and I'm not good at accepting things (as anyone who's ever tried to compliment me knows).

Am I just being silly? This would keep the site(s) going until I can sort something more permanent out, it would take a load off my mind, it would keep the status quo for a little while. Just because I get awkward when people try to help me out is that any excuse for me to knock back these incredibly generous offers?

brain hurty now
xander belong - me

I Need a Parrot - again

Since so many of you offered to help out with the cost of hosting the site, and after much internal and external struggling about it, I've decided to take the advice I've received today.

If you would like to contribute financially to ensure I Need a Parrot can continue in it's current location, thank you.

Paypal details - mara_jaded @ is my registered email address there. I've never received money via Paypal so I'm not sure how one would go about that, I'm guessing one would log into one's own account and use the 'send money by email' option?

The current webhost cost for 12 months is just under 100GBP (200USD aprox), if more money is raised I could refund it to you, or donate to charity (I was thinking maybe the Stuttering Foundation of America and Equality Now which are supported by Nick Brendon and Joss Whedon respectively), or possibly put the money towards a second year's hosting or a move to a better webhost - any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Due to my current offline-at-the-weekend status, I won't be able to respond to any comments here until Monday, I will set them to screen in the meantime.

(And yes, I'm posting this and running away because I get uncomfortably awkward at times like this - I genuinely appreciate your support and the incredibly generous offers of assistance I've received. Thank you all.)