the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone (whiskyinmind) wrote,
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone

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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
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