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And so it begins... the 2017 Heavy Harmonies Donation Drive!

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Yes, it's that time again, kiddies... time for me to nag, complain, beg, intimidate, wheedle, persuade, and get ya to pry open those wallets to chip in to cover Heavy Harmonies' expenses.

 

Costs for the site run about $180 a month. It used to be higher, but once Live365 folded and I did away with the radio feed, that dropped a bit. So when I say "costs", what do I mean? It's the out-of-pocket expenses to keep Heavy Harmonies running: server lease, bandwidth, hosting support, and the subscription for this forum software.

 

The goal of the donation drive, in a perfect world, would be to cover all of the out-of-pocket costs for the year, approximately $2,160. Unlikely (it never has), but hey, I can dream! :lol:

 

The donation drive will run through the end of April.

 

I'm going to continue the donation reward system in place:

 

Anyone who makes a single donation of $20 or more and has a board username will be added to the group "2017 Donors". This gets you the following benefits:

  • A nice shiny icon in your profile showing that you are an HH Donor for 2017
  • An increase in the size of your PM storage from 200 to 500 messages
  • Exempt from the search flood control (normally if you try and do a search more than every 20 seconds, you get an annoying little "please wait" message)
  • The ability to start threads in the sale forum.
  • No time limit on editing your own posts! This will especially be useful for those with trade/sale lists as you'll be able to edit them rather than posting revised versions.
  • A warm fuzzy feeling inside that you are helping support Heavy Harmonies!
In your donation, please put your board username in the notes section! Otherwise I have no way to tie your donation to your membership here on the board.

 

If you are currently in the 2016 donor groups but don't wish to donate this year (or can't), at the end of the donation drive, your group membership will revert to the regular non-donator membership group.

 

Membership in the 2017 Donors group will last until the end of next year's donation drive, at which point you can donate again to remain in the Donors group with the same benefits, or revert back to your current member group.

 

PayPal donation buttons are found at the top of all the pages on the main site and here on the forum on the right side at the top, or if you'd prefer to send a money order, check, or cash (not recommended, but I know some people prefer to do so), you can make payable to Dan Harding and send to:

 

Heavy Harmonies

P.O. Box 17212

Urbana, IL 61803

USA

 

If you can't give $20, give $10... if you can't give $10, give $5... it's just once a year.

 

(And if you happen to be fortunate enough to be earning 6 figures or more per year, please feel free to give gobs of cash! I'm not opposed to having a sugar daddy or two :lol::christmas:)

 

 

As always, your support is greatly appreciated! :git::banger:

 

-Dan

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Done! :guitar:

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Done!

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Um... what's this about?

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Um... what's this about?

Think Dan explained quite well above.?

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Um... what's this about?

Think Dan explained quite well above.

 

 

Karpet will not stop messin' around, ya know :D

 

Dan, it's done, many thanks :)

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Done.... how do I get a 2016 badge? How much will that cost me?

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Done.... how do I get a 2016 badge? How much will that cost me?

 

You know, I've never had anyone ask me for a previous year's badge before. Hmmm... let me think on that. Maybe the same $20 minimum but with a bit of a "penalty" for having been naughty :lol: and missing the donation drive at the time.

 

They're badges of honor so to speak, so I wouldn't discount them. :headbanger:

 

-Dan

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Done.... how do I get a 2016 badge? How much will that cost me?

 

You know, I've never had anyone ask me for a previous year's badge before. Hmmm... let me think on that. Maybe the same $20 minimum but with a bit of a "penalty" for having been naughty :lol: and missing the donation drive at the time.

 

They're badges of honor so to speak, so I wouldn't discount them. :headbanger:

 

-Dan

Gee, i dunno Dan. With all due respect to DaHun72, i don't think past badges should be sold. It would undermine the integrity of the whole badge concept. I'm still relatively new here, but i'm proud to have my badges on display. If DaHun72 wants to make an extra donation, great, but the badges are sacred, surely.

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Good point. Let's get some other people's input on this.

 

I'm obviously biased, as anything that will garner more incoming donations is good IMO, but not if it's going to piss off any longtime supporters.

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Done.... how do I get a 2016 badge? How much will that cost me?

You know, I've never had anyone ask me for a previous year's badge before. Hmmm... let me think on that. Maybe the same $20 minimum but with a bit of a "penalty" for having been naughty :lol: and missing the donation drive at the time.

 

They're badges of honor so to speak, so I wouldn't discount them. :headbanger:

 

-Dan

Gee, i dunno Dan. With all due respect to DaHun72, i don't think past badges should be sold. It would undermine the integrity of the whole badge concept. I'm still relatively new here, but i'm proud to have my badges on display. If DaHun72 wants to make an extra donation, great, but the badges are sacred, surely.

 

 

I thought the same too and it may sound trivial but I must say I agree. The meaning or purpose of the badge is lost if you can 'buy' it long after the donation drive is over.

 

So I'm more against it.

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I honestly don't care. So long as the site gets funded.

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There are people who would notice? Really?

 

Though I do notice I don't have my 17 badge yet. :D

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I honestly don't care. So long as the site gets funded.

This.

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I will be donating this year towards the end of this month

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Good point. Let's get some other people's input on this.

 

I'm obviously biased, as anything that will garner more incoming donations is good IMO, but not if it's going to piss off any longtime supporters.

Don't get me wrong. I certainly wouldn't be pissed off. Glen and KarpetRyd are right. Anything that helps fund the site is great.

Whatever decision you make is fine, i just think that some of the "prestige" would be lost.

No biggie.

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Yeah it's about the site boys. That said, badge prices go up and down just like any collectible ;) From memory 2016 wasn't the greatest of years!

 

Maybe you should release a range of belated badges ?

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Instead of selling old badges, how about you give a special badge if you donate twice?

Or how about a badge that says 2016 - late donor?

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If you pay in blood do you get 'blood donor' ;)

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Dan can you make me an offer for a 2011 and 2013 badge, what would those cost? Anybody wanna sell their past badges? Let's start a badge market place :D hahaha just joking

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