IFAS donations

11 years 7 months ago #61764 by artyfarty
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With the recent talk about bandwidth and the costings incurred one of the mods mentioned the PayPal donation feature (which I never knew was there) on the front page. I've two suggestions:
1. Can you make the donation option more prominent, I didn't know it was there maybe others are also unaware of it's existence.
2. Can you offer the ability to donate monthly instead of a 1-off payment. It's just easier on the pocket.

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11 years 7 months ago #61769 by ftodonoghue
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or we could implement google ads asap

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11 years 7 months ago #61773 by Seanie_Morris
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Both are options that are going to be implemented in the new site. ;)

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11 years 7 months ago #61780 by DaveGrennan
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A direct debit would be great. Or maybe a reminder email like, 'you last donated on <date>, release the funds now or Seanie gets it!'!

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11 years 7 months ago #61782 by Seanie_Morris
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A direct debit would be great. Or maybe a reminder email like, 'you last donated on <date>, release the funds now or Seanie gets it!'!


We want people to GIVE money Dave, NOT withold! :D

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11 years 7 months ago #61787 by albertw
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A direct debit would be great. Or maybe a reminder email like, 'you last donated on <date>, release the funds now or Seanie gets it!'!


Release funds now or Seanie will post more often! might be better incentive

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11 years 7 months ago #61789 by fguihen
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if people start donating with more regularity, is there any point in the adds? Im not fully fond of the idea of the site being cluttered up with adds. its not my decision though, but thats just my input.

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11 years 7 months ago #61791 by ftodonoghue
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I am in the minority here but I still am against the idea of donations. After all IFAS's constitution is

"The aim of the Federation shall be to promote the interests and development of amateur astronomical societies in Ireland."

I think it is wrong that individuals have to fund the website which is an integral part of IFAS.

I would prefer to see advertising / sponsorship funding the site. If the site was a seperate entity to IFAS then i would have no problem with donations.

Cheers
Trevor

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11 years 7 months ago #61794 by johnomahony
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No adds please :roll:
How much money are we talking about?
Its a very good site as it is. I'd hate to see it cluttered up with adds and pop ups for the sake of a few quid (constitution or otherwise).

The Lord giveth, the Revenue taketh away. (John 1:16)

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11 years 7 months ago #61795 by PhilipLardner
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My understanding was that IFAS is funded through subscriptions paid by the member clubs - each club paying in proportion to its membership. If that subscription is not enough to cover expenses (and the website is very much worth it) then IFAS need to raise the subscription fee.

I'd hate to see the site cluttered with ads - they're a real turn-off.

My 2c worth,

Phil.

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11 years 7 months ago #61797 by fguihen
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Yes, can we get some figures as to running costs and number of clubs supported by the site. If the cost of club membership goes up a bit for the sake of the site, no big deal. SDAS is only 20 quid anyway. if it had to go up a small bit for paying members, I personally am all for it. I would hate to see this site go. what would i do 9am - 6pm?? Work???

As i stated earlier, adds are not a nice idea, they clutter up a site, and give a cheap garish feel. the site has a quiet dignity at present, it would be a shame to loose that.

just my humble opinion.

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11 years 7 months ago #61805 by Seanie_Morris
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Don't worry guys, the likes of Google Ads etc are ONLY NECESSARY if funds got really low. The committee has considered them for visitors, but would disappear when members log in.

The donation 'request' is not compulsory at all. It is more to indicate to our foreign visitors (just like many other foreign community sites, blogs, and forums, like this one) that if they would like to donate, there is the option. Nothing is compulsory. Nationally, it is paid for by subscribed members via their clubs' subscriptions.

Some clubs are on limited funds themselves, so it is unfair to request large amounts for subscription to this site annually. Hence why it is low to begin with. Before, for example with SDAS, they had free membership (until recently). Unfortunately, we do live in a rip-off republic, so this makes 'free' sites like this used to be, hard to maintain economically.

The funds that go in are to further the IFAS cause by request of its members - better and faster hosting for the website, add-ons like galleries and audio libraries, leaflets, posters and other display media, and so on. So far, all incentives through this site during the last 5 years have been run by volunteers.

Hope this sheds some more light on the matter.

Seanie.

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11 years 7 months ago #61816 by michaeloconnell
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I think Seanie mentioned a couple of important points there.

* The donations are purely voluntary and only came about after some members requested it. The paypal feature is also not "in-your-face" so as to pressurise people into feeling that they must make a contribution.

* The ads, which will be introduced when we switch over to the new website layout shortly, will be relatively discrete so as not to deface the appearance of the site.

Hope this clarifies things a little.

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11 years 7 months ago #61872 by Frank Ryan
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release the funds now or Seanie gets it!'!


Could we just not get the on-line equal of this?
:evil:

http://bigalsgames.com/images/DunkTankL.jpg

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11 years 7 months ago #61887 by dave_lillis
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or how about at cosmos we put Seanie up against the wall and charge 1 euro a tomatoe :twisted:

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11 years 7 months ago #61889 by Seanie_Morris
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or how about at cosmos we put Seanie up against the wall and charge 1 euro a tomatoe :twisted:


Now there's a method of fundraising! :lol: Think you'd make a lot of money?

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11 years 7 months ago #61892 by dave_lillis
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I reckon Anto would make it all the way from Greece just for that :)

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11 years 7 months ago #61987 by stepryan
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I reckon Anto would make it all the way from Greece just for that :)


espically if you added his mate dave to the list ;).

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