Site operations fundraiser

Discussion in 'Site Feedback and Support' started by jason, Apr 5, 2017.

  1. Jim Rosenow

    Jim Rosenow Pre-takeoff checklist PoA Supporter

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    I'm in.....
     
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  2. jason

    jason Administrator Management Council Member PoA Supporter

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    Thank you, again, to all of you! We're getting close. As I said, we're trying to fund 2 years of operation. We try not to ask often, and have (thus far) held off on placing ads on the site. We try to make this a place that you love to come to talk with your pilot buddies in between flights. We know it's not perfect, but I can't tell you the number of friends I've made on this site.
     
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  3. mkosmo

    mkosmo Pattern Altitude PoA Supporter

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    I haven't participated much, but I still enjoy reading, so I'm in for something again this year.
     
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  4. X3 Skier

    X3 Skier Pattern Altitude PoA Supporter

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    Glad to help

    Cheers
     
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  5. kayoh190

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    Screw you guys. I'm not donating squat!
     
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  6. mkosmo

    mkosmo Pattern Altitude PoA Supporter

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    Well, that's probably good. I didn't see that as a currency option!
     
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  7. AggieMike88

    AggieMike88 Touchdown! Greaser! PoA Supporter

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    Now offering reverse discounts.
    As long as you send in dollars, you can keep the squat
     
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  8. dell30rb

    dell30rb Final Approach

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    Thought about it, still too sour about removal of SZ
     
  9. saddletramp

    saddletramp Pre-takeoff checklist PoA Supporter

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    I can't believe I donated to a site that beats me up at the most microscopic mistake.
     
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  10. SCCutler

    SCCutler Administrator Management Council Member PoA Supporter

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    Finally!

    The MC gets to double its pay!
     
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  11. rpadula

    rpadula En-Route PoA Supporter

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    Wait, what? I thought this money was going to hookers and booze! :incazzato:
     
  12. luvflyin

    luvflyin Pattern Altitude PoA Supporter

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    I did it. I want one "Get Out of Jail Free" card
     
  13. NoHeat

    NoHeat En-Route PoA Supporter

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    Squat for electrons. That's a trade I've got to take.

    Now I just need to figure out how to pay my $20 credit-card bill using squat.
     
  14. jason

    jason Administrator Management Council Member PoA Supporter

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    Ha. You obviously didn't read the fine print!
     
  15. NoHeat

    NoHeat En-Route PoA Supporter

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    I see they sent you one with a button on top.

    I bet your headset will tell you you should have donated more, to get the no-button version.
     
  16. Mason

    Mason Pattern Altitude PoA Supporter

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    Motivation2.jpg
     
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  17. jsstevens

    jsstevens En-Route PoA Supporter

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    All he said was "two years of operations". He didn't say what kind...
     
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  18. Anymouse

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    That should have been minuscule. What the hell is wrong with you. Doesn't your certificate mention that you're English Proficient? Use it!!


    (How's that for getting beat up??) :D
     
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  19. saddletramp

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    Why don't you go eat some Decon anymouse. I thought microscopic had a much better flow to it.

    See what I mean!
     
  20. Anymouse

    Anymouse Pattern Altitude PoA Supporter

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    I LOVE Decon. I feed it to the Tramp and take the Lady for myself.
     
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  21. jason

    jason Administrator Management Council Member PoA Supporter

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    For those that have given, THANK YOU! We're close enough to our goal that we'll likely shut down fundraising in the next day or two. We appreciate all of you more than you know. This is where I met all of my closest flying friends. I know that there are times when it gets a little heated around here...but the fact of the matter is that the content on this site is one of the best collections of general aviation knowledge anywhere on the internet. Try googling for GA topics, those searches will often lead you right back to here.

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
     
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  22. denverpilot

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    Why shut it down, ever? Might as well leave it open for us slackers who are chicken to do it until we have other stuff knocked off our budgets.
     
  23. Ted DuPuis

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    Since we only try to take in enough money to keep us operating, we prefer to have a fundraiser for a limited period of time every so often rather than have a constant plea for money. Keep in mind none of the MC takes a salary, this is literally raising money to pay for the operations which is pretty much the web hosting and software updates or additions that we do.

    In the spirit of being a free and open forum, it seems disingenuous to have a "donate" button other than when it's determined to be necessary to buy or pay for something that we need to keep the site operating.

    As Jason said in post 1, the goal was to bring in enough money to last us about 2 years, so hopefully that will mean we won't need to ask again until 2019, barring unforeseen circumstances.
     
  24. AggieMike88

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    Now offering reverse discounts.
    @jason and @Ted DuPuis --- how about an airplane raffle similar to what Wings of Hope accomplishes each round?
     
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  25. denverpilot

    denverpilot Taxi to Parking

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    Alright. Let us know when your odd self-imposed rules let you put the tip jar back on the counter. Haha.

    In the meantime, I'll let Karen know if the life insurance pays off to write a check and send it to @jason with a note he'd better damn well not send it back or the dead guy will haunt him. LOL.
     
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  26. Ted DuPuis

    Ted DuPuis Super Moderator Management Council Member

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    While that would theoretically keep us going for a long, long time, I think that's more effort than what makes sense given the funding needs.
     
  27. jason

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    Ted was right. The additional reason is that it's just more paperwork for the lawyers. We like to get it done in one shot so that they only have to fill out one form one time a year (or two) and be done with it. Year round would just be more to track and account for.
     
  28. denverpilot

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    As in taxes, or what? Seems like you're filing those (even if it's all zeros) every year, anyway. Technically if it's not a flow-through onto someone's personal taxes, you're filing quarterly, I think. And... you're not a 501(c)3 so no need to mail out receipts...?

    Wondering what this means, and what's keeping the "lawyers" busy that I'm not seeing.
     
  29. jason

    jason Administrator Management Council Member PoA Supporter

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    It's just the way that we're going to do it, Nate. :)
     
  30. denverpilot

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    Could have just said "because we're weird control freaks" right up front, and saved a lot of making up stuff. Haha.
     
  31. Everskyward

    Everskyward Administrator Management Council Member PoA Supporter

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    @jason isn't "making stuff up". We were asked to do it that way by our lawyers... who are also MC members. ;)
     
  32. denverpilot

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    Man you guys need Yodice on staff. He'd tell ya to pile up the cash and send him and the kids on a nice vacation on the PoA jet! ;-)
     
  33. Tarheelpilot

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    Dude. If you ever comment about aopa always begging for money Im going to post a link to this thread. :p
     
  34. denverpilot

    denverpilot Taxi to Parking

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    Ummm.... you realize that was a shot AT AOPA, right? LOL.
     
  35. Tarheelpilot

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    No. I missed that. It was late..... that's my excuse
     
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  36. gkainz

    gkainz Final Approach PoA Supporter

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    BTW - all joking, kidding and jesting aside - BZ to you all for keeping POA alive and on the air! :)
     
  37. jsstevens

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    :yeahthat:

    A heartfelt thanks! It's a contentious and often thankless job. I appreciate the work you all do.
     
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  38. ColoPilot

    ColoPilot Pre-takeoff checklist

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    And we select a POA member's plane to be given away! Any suggestions?
     
  39. Anymouse

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    Yeah, I suggest only using planes of members that haven't supported POA.
     
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  40. TommyTBone

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    Henning?
     
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