• Want to help support KFN financially? Now you can.

    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)
    http://www.kubuntuforums.net/attachm...4&d=1334629019
    Sustaining Supporter.....($ 24.00 USD per year)
    http://www.kubuntuforums.net/attachm...0&d=1334629093
    Professional Supporter...($ 36.00 USD per year)
    http://www.kubuntuforums.net/attachm...8&d=1334629043
    Bronze Supporter.........($ 48.00 USD per year)
    http://www.kubuntuforums.net/attachm...5&d=1334629027
    Silver Supporter.........($ 60.00 USD per year)
    http://www.kubuntuforums.net/attachm...9&d=1334629088
    Gold Supporter...........($120.00 USD per year)
    http://www.kubuntuforums.net/attachm...7&d=1334629038
    Endowment Supporter......($250.00 USD per year)
    http://www.kubuntuforums.net/attachm...6&d=1334629033

    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. (UPDATE: Effective August 3, 2013, all paid subscriptions provide the ability to bookmark threads and/or posts.)

    Hosting a forum isn't without costs, and those costs have to be paid. Hosting and Licensing costs take the lions share, but other expense exist as well.

    We have no idea how many members will want to help support KFN financially by purchasing a Paid Subscription. But every subscription purchased is gratefully received.

    We are sensitive to our members, and recognized that many don't want any sort of 'in your face' campaigns in KFN. Paid Subscriptions satisfies these concerns.

    Funds received from Paid Subscriptions go entirely to the running and maintenance of Kubuntu Forums.

    Thank you.

    Snowhog
    KFN Administrator
    Comments 21 Comments
    1. Jonas's Avatar
      Jonas -
      I just signed up for a sustaining supporter account. I wish to add in a true FOSS manor, that transparency is welcome and there be a annual report on what and where the money go to. I think this also will encourage more to pay as they/we see where the money went. Any possible and future reserve could go to a developers fund.

      B.R

      Jonas

      PS; if 10 % of the members subscribed for the minimum account, that would annualy generate 25 k $ :cool:
    1. Snowhog's Avatar
      Snowhog -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jonas View Post
      PS; if 10 % of the members subscribed for the minimum account, that would annualy generate 25 k $ :cool:
      If that were ever to happen, it would foretell the onset of the second coming (with all due respect to our Christian members)!

      As to an annual report, I'll bring that to our hosts attention.

      Thank you very much for your expressed support for KFN by your purchase. It is greatly appreciated.
    1. tek_heretik's Avatar
      tek_heretik -
      I don't see a link to pay by Visa, I don't use PayPal, sorry.
    1. Snowhog's Avatar
      Snowhog -
      PayPal is the mechanism used for our paid subscriptions.
    1. tek_heretik's Avatar
      tek_heretik -
      @Snowhog...I know what PayPal is, am going to try to get a subscription by paying with Visa through PayPal.
    1. Snowhog's Avatar
      Snowhog -
      I see that you were successful. I wholeheartedly thank you for your financial support of KFN. I too, support financially, endeavors that I benefit from (not just KFN). Many do not. Expressing support for FOSS endeavors - financially - puts you a notch above the crowd.
    1. tek_heretik's Avatar
      tek_heretik -
      It worked, thanks for the nice 'Professional' badge. =)
    1. Snowhog's Avatar
      Snowhog -
      You are welcome. The 'badge' was created by me, along with the others. Again, another way that I can help 'pay forward' the help that I've received from this forum over the years.
    1. infoholico's Avatar
      infoholico -
      I'd really love to contribute but here we have a control exchange and I can't buy foreign currency, I'm sorry
    1. phonic-otg's Avatar
      phonic-otg -
      My account has a sustaining subscription yet I want to make another one off "Donation" for the exemplary help I get here. I fear if I make another sustaining subscription I'll have two annual subscriptions. Some advice would be appreciated.
    1. Snowhog's Avatar
      Snowhog -
      No, that won't happen. If you purchase another subscription at the same level -- a renewal -- your current subscription will be extended for 12-months from the end of your current subscription. If you purchase at a higher level, your time remaining on the current level is added to the 12-months at the higher level. You will still have just one subscription.
    1. life0riley's Avatar
      life0riley -
      I just received notice that my subscription will expire August 3rd. I don't think I had myself set to auto renew. I'm not able take care of this until August 5th. Will I loose access to the forum?

      I received an email about this today that states:
      If you do not extend your subscription, access will be removed.
    1. life0riley's Avatar
      life0riley -
      I have been assured that I will only loose my badge and not my access. I can resolve this August 5th. I have nothing to worry about.

      Thanks


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    1. Qqmike's Avatar
      Qqmike -
      Couple of thoughts ... (inspired by the recent thread, 'Thank you Kubuntu devs')

      ... This page is kinda hard to find if you didn't know it was here and if you started
      on "What's New" page or the general Forum page.

      ... Is this still no way a member can make a 1-time donation? I'll bet many people would donate $5-$50 now and then if it were 1-time, no annual commitment. Especially if you were to post an ad on a more visible page, "Would you like to make a 1-time donation to Kubuntu forums of just $5-$50?"

      ... PayPal only, right? (Although I do believe that PayPay will accept a MasterCard.)
    1. Snowhog's Avatar
      Snowhog -
      Quote Originally Posted by Qqmike View Post
      Couple of thoughts ... (inspired by the recent thread, 'Thank you Kubuntu devs')

      ... This page is kinda hard to find if you didn't know it was here and if you started
      on "What's New" page or the general Forum page.

      ... Is this still no way a member can make a 1-time donation? I'll bet many people would donate $5-$50 now and then if it were 1-time, no annual commitment. Especially if you were to post an ad on a more visible page, "Would you like to make a 1-time donation to Kubuntu forums of just $5-$50?"

      ... PayPal only, right? (Although I do believe that PayPay will accept a MasterCard.)
      Thank you.

      Yes, PayPal allows you to designate a credit card (it's what I do).

      1-time donations can be made. None of the Paid Subscriptions are set up as 'recurring'. If you let it expire, it just expires. Our lowest Paid Subscription is just $12.00, and each subscription is for twelve months.

      We did not want Paid Subscriptions to be an "in your face" affair. Members who want to support KFN financially will either find the area to do so, read the article that explains the process, or just ask. In this, we let the member be the one who makes the overture to us, not us to them. Kind of like the needy of old who simply stood (or sat) with a cup or hand in hand. They said nothing to passersby; no pleas; no signs; just their presence. If the passersby were moved to help, they did. Otherwise they moved on.

      Since we enabled Paid Subscriptions, Open Source has not "had to" dip into his own funds to host KFN, which he had been doing since 2005.
    1. Qqmike's Avatar
      Qqmike -
      Validity periods marked with a * indicate that this subscription is recurring.
      After the initial subscription period is complete, the subscription will automatically be renewed with a new charge.
      Q?: So that is not in effect--there are no recurring subscriptions, correct? No automatic annual charging of your credit card. It is year-by-year, where you could donate the same amount, more, less, or nothing?

      I read your response to this (above):

      phonic-otg

      My account has a sustaining subscription yet I want to make another one off "Donation" for the exemplary help I get here. I fear if I make another sustaining subscription I'll have two annual subscriptions.


      So if the answer to my question at Q?: is "No" (i.e. there are no automatic renewals charged to your card), and given your response to phonic-otg, that shows a way to be a one-time/occasional donor, recurring or not, correct?
    1. Qqmike's Avatar
      Qqmike -
      I could amplify by adding this. Not trying to be difficult, just thinking about how this might work. I can see some effort was made to set up 7 badge levels and badges.



      Case 1
      You buy a subscription for $24, so you are a Sustaining Supporter for 12 months.
      Before that 12-month period is up, you make another donation of $24 or more. Then your response to phonic-otg covers that: You are still a Sustaining Supporter, the new donation extends your Sustaining Supporter subscription.




      Case 2
      You buy a subscription for $24, so you are a Sustaining Supporter for 12 months.
      Before that 12-month period is up, you make another donation of $12. You would do so by buying a $12 subscription. So would you now be an Active Supporter with a subscription lasting 12 months plus whatever time was left on your Sustaining Supporter subscription? Or would you still be a Sustaining Supporter and have an extra 6 months added to your subscription?
    1. Snowhog's Avatar
      Snowhog -
      Quote Originally Posted by Qqmike View Post
      I could amplify by adding this. Not trying to be difficult, just thinking about how this might work. I can see some effort was made to set up 7 badge levels and badges.



      Case 1
      You buy a subscription for $24, so you are a Sustaining Supporter for 12 months.
      Before that 12-month period is up, you make another donation of $24 or more. Then your response to phonic-otg covers that: You are still a Sustaining Supporter, the new donation extends your Sustaining Supporter subscription.




      Case 2
      You buy a subscription for $24, so you are a Sustaining Supporter for 12 months.
      Before that 12-month period is up, you make another donation of $12. You would do so by buying a $12 subscription. So would you now be an Active Supporter with a subscription lasting 12 months plus whatever time was left on your Sustaining Supporter subscription? Or would you still be a Sustaining Supporter and have an extra 6 months added to your subscription?
      Case 2: You end up with two Paid Subscriptions, and two Badges. The existing $24.00 Subscription will expire twelve months after it was purchased. The new $12.00 Subscription runs concurrently with the $24.00 Subscription, and will expire twelve months after it was purchased.
    1. Qqmike's Avatar
      Qqmike -
      Thanks.

      Case 2: You end up with two Paid Subscriptions, and two Badges.
      OK, so this takes care of the case where someone wishes to now and then (possibly at random) make ANY donation (a donation that is a multiple of $12 (or is $250)). Multiple badges may appear and disappear on schedule, running concurrently until each expires.

      And the other thing, the automatic renewal of subscriptions is NOT in effect (there are no asterisks as mentioned in that footnote, but I thought it strange it would be mentioned in the footnote) -- correct? not in effect? and not in effect, in any case, without permission?

      Validity periods marked with a * indicate that this subscription is recurring. After the initial subscription period is complete, the subscription will automatically be renewed with a new charge.
    1. Snowhog's Avatar
      Snowhog -
      Correct. None of our Paid Subscriptions are "recurring". The footnote is simply a default message, there to let members KNOW that UNLESS a Paid Subscription level is FLAGGED with an *, it is a SELF EXPIRING subscription.

      The 'multiples of 12' holds true up to the $60.00 "Silver Supporter" level ($12, $24, $36, $48, $60). Then $120 (Gold) and $250 (Endowment). There is one more level, but it hasn't been enabled: "Patron" ($500.00)