As of March 19, 2012, members who want to help support KFN financially can do so with a Paid Subscription. This is completely voluntary, and membership in KFN continues to be free. But for those who find KFN to be a resource worth supporting, and want to help, now you can.
When you are logged in, click on Settings to go to your User Control Panel. Scroll down and click on Paid Subscriptions. We have seven subscription levels:
Active Supporter.........($ 12.00 USD per year)
Sustaining Supporter.....($ 24.00 USD per year)
Professional Supporter...($ 36.00 USD per year)
Bronze Supporter.........($ 48.00 USD per year)
Silver Supporter.........($ 60.00 USD per year)
Gold Supporter...........($120.00 USD per year)
Endowment Supporter......($250.00 USD per year)
KFN isn't providing any premiums "at this time" for paid subscriptions other than our sincerest gratitude and the custom Rank Badge shown above, which will appear above your earned post count KFN icons.
Hosting a forum isn't inexpensive. Backup storage hardware; software; licenses; subscriptions; repairs; hardware replacements. All come with a price.
We have no idea how many members will want to help support KFN financially and purchase a Paid Subscription. However, we continue to receive requests to provide some means to contribute.
Before we made the move from running KFN on Simple Machines Forum software, and on a Hosting service running Windows, we had a Donate to KFN campaign that utilized a PayPal donation button. We were able to raise enough funds to make the move and to run KFN for about one year.
We are sensitive to our members, and recognize that many don't want to have such an 'in your face' campaign here in our shiny new KFN. Making Paid Subscriptions available seemed to be a good alternative.
The funds received from Paid Subscriptions will go entirely to the running and maintenance of Kubuntu Forums.