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Now accepting donations!!
« on: March 27, 2013, 05:39:35 PM »
As most of you are already aware, we've had some issues with the server which resulted in us changing servers to better improve forum speed and reliability. This has come at a cost. The new server costs a bit more money than the previous one and it will be difficult to maintain out of my own pocket. Many of you before have offered to donate in order to help fund the site costs, so I have decided to take you up on that offer.

In your profile you will see under the Actions tab a new option called Paid Subscriptions. Alternatively you can click here. In this menu you can select from several donations amounts from $5, up to $50. (Note: The $50 option is only there in case anyone actually wants to donate that much. I'm not expecting many to choose that option).
Here's how it works.

Note - You need to have a paypal account in order to donate
If you do not have a paypal account they are really easy to set up and assign a credit card or bank account to. Visit PayPal for more info.

Step 1 - Choose which option is right for you
Select one of the many donation levels. When choosing thing option consider if you will be making a one off donation, or a continuous donation each month.

Step 2 - Check your order
Click the order button of your option, and then check the next screen to make sure its correct. Confirm if this is a recurring payment each month or not. Then click the Order with PayPal button.

Step 3 - Complete transaction
You will now be taken to the PayPal website, where you must login and complete the transaction. You will notice that the money is going to a user called donations@rockstar-forums.net, with the name Mike King. Confirm you see either (or both) of this information before finalising the transaction.

Step 4 - Done
Once you have finalised the transaction in PayPal you may be redirected back here. It will sometimes take a day or two for it to clear, but you should get email confirmations from PayPal. Thank you for donating.


A few points to consider:
  • Do not feel bad if you cannot donate.

The donations are completely and 100% optional to those who are able to donate. I'm not going to try and force you to cough up any money if you don't want to or cannot.


  • Regular small donations are better than one large donation.

A regular donation of $5 a month can sometimes be more helpful than a $50 payment once only. It comes down to being able to see how much consistent donations we have so we can work out exactly what server we can afford in the future if need be. That said, if you have a $50 donation we'll be more than happy to accept. it.


  • PayPal

PayPal is a secure way of transferring money. It is the most widely used system in the world for this kind of thing, and it popularly used on eBay as well as many of e-commerce sites. If you have any issues with PayPal we can try and help you out here, but sometimes you are best to look at PayPal's own website for more info.

I think that just about covers everything.

If you have any questions or queries do not hesitate to post them here or send me a PM. I am more than willing to help.

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Re: Now accepting donations!!
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2013, 09:18:19 PM »
If you don't mind me asking, how much does it cost to keep the site up and running? Cause that'll help me out to judge how much I'd be comfortable with donating.

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Re: Now accepting donations!!
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2013, 09:30:51 PM »
At the moment, the VPS is costing about $50 US a month. However if we get enough donations/the server doesn't prove to be reliable enough we may need to look at a dedicated server which would cost closer to $150 a month. But here's hoping the VPS holds up.

Any extra funds could go towards prizes for competitions etc.

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Re: Now accepting donations!!
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2013, 09:48:19 PM »
Cool man, that's exactly what I was looking for. Let me think about it, I'm still a poor college student that's gotta pay for everything myself :P

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Re: Now accepting donations!!
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2013, 05:23:07 PM »
I know a few people have been having issues with the payments not going through and getting a message about requiring a premium or business account. I think I may have worked it out so try again and let me know if it works.

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Re: Now accepting donations!!
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2013, 08:27:40 PM »
Yep, working fine now!  :)

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Re: Now accepting donations!!
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2013, 08:19:36 AM »
Excellent. Just the news I was hoping to hear. If anyone else is having issues please let me know.

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Re: Now accepting donations!!
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2013, 10:18:15 AM »
Done! :)

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Re: Now accepting donations!!
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2013, 09:58:39 PM »
sure

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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2013, 07:45:51 AM »
Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far. Its really going a long way to ensuring the site stays on a server which can handle the amount of resources it needs. :)

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Re: Now accepting donations!!
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2013, 11:11:41 PM »
Gladly donated a little.  It's not much but the less I donate the more often I will add more. :p

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Re: Now accepting donations!!
« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2013, 09:46:00 AM »
Gladly donated a little.  It's not much but the less I donate the more often I will add more. :p

Thanks buddy, that porn channel we have over in the staff area keeps billing our credit card every month and we can't figure out how to shut it off (whip)

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Re: Now accepting donations!!
« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2013, 10:51:25 AM »
I told you that you would thank me later for that.