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IB needs donations! The little dog is begging $.$,

Hi everyone

Thankfully we don't have to ask for donations very often, but it's time to ask again! Inkbunny relies on the support of the community to keep paying for the ongoing operating costs of our rapidly growing site.

We have the quarterly site hosting fees due at the end of the month and we need to raise a few hundred bucks to cover them.

If you'd like to help out, please send us a Support Ticket and we can provide the various payment options we accept!

We give out neat little sponsor badges that display next to your user icon for any donor that wants one. You can see what they look like by clicking any member icon on our Donations page. Icons last three months once you donate (and anyone that donates $100 or more gets a star for 6 months).

Inkbunny relies on donations to cover costs of hosting our main server, leasing the hardware, our bandwidth usage, our onsite backup server, our offsite backups and our software development repository. All the site development, administration and moderation is done by volunteers for free.

Thanks very much!

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Added: 4 years, 9 months ago
 
Kaheiyattsu
4 years, 9 months ago
nyah i need  job cuz i would love to help ><
starling
4 years, 9 months ago
It'd help a lot if you let your friends know, if you think any of them might like to help!
Wakka
4 years, 9 months ago
IB been a good site to me over my 2yrs iv been hear and as long as it doesn't turn into another FA and start banning cub art then ill help if i can. im not making promise's but if things work out before the end of the month then ill see if i can lend a hand and keep this bit of awesomeness going. ^^_

Ill all so pass the word along~
starling
4 years, 9 months ago
Thanks!
KevinSnowpaw
4 years, 9 months ago
i shall asses my funds X3 and see what i can spare but i'll donate something. ^^
starling
4 years, 9 months ago
Thanks bunny :3
JeffyCottonbun
4 years, 9 months ago
pimped out and I'll also donate at the end of this week ^^
starling
4 years, 9 months ago
Thank you <3
InfamousMustelid
4 years, 9 months ago
I'll donate again as soon as i can.
Also gonna pimp this.
starling
4 years, 9 months ago
Thanks muchly!
Lamia
4 years, 9 months ago
I don't have money but maybe my watchers do, have linked
starling
4 years, 9 months ago
Thanks!
Xanthe
4 years, 9 months ago
Mr. Bloodhawk sent you guys a little something only yesterday. C=
But I will be donating you something too, as soon as I get a bit of money in.
I really appreciate the work you do. ^_^
starling
4 years, 9 months ago
Thank you!
BrandonBunny
4 years, 9 months ago
Mind if I ask how much it is in total for the quarter
starling
4 years, 9 months ago
We need a minimum of $600 a quarter just for the server hosting and hardware rental. :O
Tae
Tae
4 years, 9 months ago
I'll do anything for my favorite website. :3
InsecureFlaky
4 years, 9 months ago
I've donated to other stuff in the past, so I have a bit of experience with PayPal

Helping inkbunny? Sounds like a good cause to me :3
Tycloud
4 years, 9 months ago
I will help :3  also I pimped here  
https://inkbunny.net/journalview.php?id=71831
starling
4 years, 9 months ago
Thanks!
mobkiller
4 years, 9 months ago
I´m spreading the word https://inkbunny.net/journalview.php?id=71837
I also just donated yesterday^^ just in case you missed my pm :)
starling
4 years, 9 months ago
Thank you!
MystBunny
4 years, 9 months ago
I think it's about time I got me another snazzy sponser badge. >=3 I don't think I can give anything before the end of the month though.
caramelthecalf
4 years, 9 months ago
I sent you a business idea to your pm.  If you find the time please read it.  People will be a lot more eager to donate in my opinion, if that idea takes off.  The beginning of the subject says: "Business Idea!"

If you've seen it already, check the newest one, cause it's been changed some to be even more effective.
sp
sp
4 years, 9 months ago
If it wasn't for the no human yiff rule a lot more people would be able to upload their work and donate to IB's upkeep.
InfamousMustelid
4 years, 9 months ago
and if it wasn't for No Cub and Pokemon yiff  in FA a lot more people woudl like that site too still :P
sp
sp
4 years, 9 months ago
Not me, I had more than enough of Neer's lies and broken promises.
You couldn't pay me to submit my work to FA, a lot of the furs on Sofurry feel the same way.

At least Starling keeps his word.
InfamousMustelid
4 years, 9 months ago
Indeed
Sho
Sho
4 years, 9 months ago
I believe the 'no human yiff' is because of laws in place that would get Starling in a lot of trouble. Beyond that, IB has tried to maintain that it's a furry focused art community, originally banning all human art but made an exception because users wanted it so bad. So they do listen to what their userbase wants, but still must operate within the confines of the law (of no less than 2 countries, btw).
Enkidu6
4 years, 9 months ago
I thought Starly was Australian, but I must be wrong since there's no laws in Australia against such things.
Enkidu6
4 years, 9 months ago
* Starling
Enkidu6
4 years, 9 months ago
Except underage cartoon humans are technically illegal, though it's not been enforced yet.
Sho
Sho
4 years, 9 months ago
I think it may be more to do with the laws the server is located, which is in Holland, or somewhere in Europe. But it's been a while since it was something we talked about but that apparently was the snag.
Enkidu6
4 years, 9 months ago
Oh, maybe. I am curious as to whether there was a solid reason like that.
elix
4 years, 9 months ago
I'm not Inkbunny staff, but as I understand it, no-human-porn is one of the conditions of Inkbunny's hosting. They're fine with all sorts of crazy smut, cubs, rape, toothpaste monster cockvore, whatever, but depictions of human sex is where legal boundaries start getting mentioned, and that's something the hosting company is not going to put up with, since it threatens their entire business.
Enkidu6
4 years, 9 months ago
That would be a reasonable explanation, but in November I contacted the site via email to discuss the rules and Starling's reply was that he was worried about laws in his own country.
EvilCapitalist
4 years, 8 months ago
+1, would donate $100+ if this rule weren't in place.
dahan
4 years, 9 months ago
Since IB relies on donations, I think having a financial summary page that shows the amount of donations received and the current quarter's hosting fees would be useful.

Also, some sort of automatic periodic donation would be good too (like the "sustaining memberships" that many non-profits in the US offer). Not sure which payment provider would work for that though; I know Paypal offers recurring payments, but I'm pretty sure they don't like websites that have porn. Perhaps something as simple as an email reminder to those who want a reminder would be sufficient. E.g., "Hi, it's been 3 months since you last donated to IB. If you'd like to donate again, here are the instructions: ..."
starling
4 years, 9 months ago
Thanks for the ideas! We do reminders automatically for past sponsors, but it will only remind you once after your sponsor badge lapses.
dahan
4 years, 9 months ago
Where is the reminder shown? I've donated in the past, but don't remember ever getting a reminder. I checked my PM history, and see the "Sponsor Rank Level Up" message, but nothing for expiration. And I don't think I got an email about it either...
starling
4 years, 9 months ago
The system will PM you with a "level down" reminder when you lose the badge. If you turn off the sponsor badge before that moment then it won't bother you with a reminder.
dahan
4 years, 9 months ago
Ah, OK... in that case, I'd be interested in a reminder that's not specifically tied to the sponsor badge visibility, but to the donation itself. Turning off the badge doesn't indicate being uninterested in donating in the future :)
Sho
Sho
4 years, 9 months ago
Donated some and made a journal. Hope we hit the goal way sooner than expected. =3
starling
4 years, 9 months ago
Thanks!
cooncub
4 years, 9 months ago
I've been a bit laxed donating again so will tonight place my 50.00 too bad that more  don't donate even if everyone here were to give a single dollar with all those members this site would be justly enriched.
SamBacon
4 years, 9 months ago
Umm . . . I did send a message.  Hopefully, I can help you with my donation if the message is received.  I can wait if I must.
starling
4 years, 9 months ago
Got it! Just let us know when you donate and how much, with a reply via that ticket.
Demoniceevee
4 years, 9 months ago
I would but broke sowwy T^T
RonaldMcCoon
4 years, 9 months ago
I'm not really active here nor do I have the financial stability, but I'll write journals on my accounts.
starling
4 years, 9 months ago
Thanks!
Dajku
4 years, 9 months ago
starling
4 years, 9 months ago
Thank you!
MaDrow
4 years, 9 months ago
Get A Flattr


Like F-List does~ |=(:3
starling
4 years, 9 months ago
Not a bad idea.. they don't mind porn related sites using it?
MaDrow
4 years, 9 months ago
Not sure. "Porn" and "Adult" doesn't give direct hits in their ToS. I'll ask the support about it for sure.

F-List solved it by redirecting to the Flattr page of their main coder. Since persons could also get a donation as a person instead of getting a donation via a created artwork.
MaDrow
4 years, 9 months ago
Ok I just got a reply:

" Dear support service of Flattr,

Is it allowed to publish pornographic content / website as a Thing that could get Flattred by others?

Yours sincerely,

MaDrow

" Hi

Yes it is, but please hide it from public catalog so people don't run into it without knowing.

There is a setting for that.

Regards Linus


So yes, it's possible as long as you tick the checkbox "Don't show this thing in listings on flattr.com" when adding something as a Thing.
TechKat
4 years, 9 months ago
On-site AND off-site backups? Wow, you're more managed than FA. *cough*. However, there's not much I can do other than spread the word.
starling
4 years, 9 months ago
We used to just have offsite backups but now with the site payload over 400GB it would mean a very long restore process if we had to restore from remote copy (it'd take days, in fact)! The onsite backup server mirrors and historically archives the data so we can restore the whole site in a matter of hours.
TechKat
4 years, 9 months ago
Are any of your servers even in RAID? You'd save more time with that!
starling
4 years, 9 months ago
Raid is not backup! And yes, our main server is SAS raid. If anyone has raid and no backup then they are doing it very very wrong.
Catwheezle
4 years, 9 months ago
["Like" button needed here]. I feel bad just posting "Hear, hear! I agree, right on, preach it!" or things along those lines to posts like this.

But, preach it! :D
TechKat
4 years, 9 months ago
I know RAID isn't backup but it's still a good data protection method! =P Of course backups are vital! xD
AlexusTheLioness
4 years, 9 months ago
I'd help if I could. But no money and no pay pal account. So sorry =(
Catwheezle
4 years, 9 months ago
They accept various payment methods other than Paypal - but yep, the "no money" thing will be a stopper.
Catwheezle
4 years, 9 months ago
Well, looking into it, various payments = BitCoin. Which can be bought and traded by most methods, but is kinda indirect.
starling
4 years, 9 months ago
We also accept direct payments via money order if you are in the US.
tannim
4 years, 9 months ago
I'd love to see a special page where users could go when bored that would be full of advertisements.  The adverts would not have to be related to furry or any specific content, so long as no popup crap, and would only be displayed on a page that a user chooses to click on or not.

There would be no benefit to the user other than supporting the website with advertising hits and there would be no compulsion to go there for anything.  If they never wanted to see the ads, they simply didn't click on that link to take them there.  You could even make an "are you sure?" page in case of accidental clicking.  Who knows how it would or wouldn't do. At the very least, it could get a few "I can't afford to donate, so I'll click it once" hits.
dmfalk
4 years, 9 months ago
I personally prefer advertising that is specifically of interest to Inkbunny users, especially furry-related, and more especially BY members of Inkbunny, because I'd know where the advertising money is coming from, and it would be a way for IBers to support IB financially with their own offerings.

d.m.f.
(writer, photographer, audio experimenter and member of the furry community for 28 years)
tannim
4 years, 9 months ago
Advertising by furries or for furry type interests is great, there just isn't much of it.  You wouldn't see the non-furry related advertising anywhere else on the site with this idea or at all if you choose not to click on the page to purposefully view it.
dmfalk
4 years, 9 months ago
Actually, there'd be a lot more than you think! Many furries run businesses or advertise their commissions- Look at the ads on FA, for example: The vast majority are by fellow furs, including furcons, commissions, prints, publishing, fursuits, even jewelry. There used to be non-fur ads (World Wildlife Fund, while not furry, is of interest to some furs), but there have been fewer of these lately, there.

Other sites have tried your suggestion, many years ago, but I don't think it worked out much, and I don't think the advertisers got much exposure.

At present, commissionable artists here on IB can only advertise via journal or post commission rates as image submissions...and IB gets none of it.

d.m.f.
(a writer considering being available for commissions)
Catwheezle
4 years, 9 months ago
I sent $8 - feel embarrassed to have so little to give, but I guess every dollar counts :(
Netreek
4 years, 9 months ago
how about an inbunny funding project. Artist draw something special for IB, selling it and the money goes straight to IB. Like one page comics. 5-10 artists that come together. and these 5-10 pages get sold for 2 US$ - 5 US$.
Catwheezle
4 years, 9 months ago
I'm liking this idea.
I'm not alone, it seems, having next to no discretionary "spending" moneys.
But we have time and skills we'd be happy to contribute.
dmfalk
4 years, 9 months ago
I don't have any money to donate, I did the journal pimp for you...

d.m.f.
(writer, photographer, audio experimenter, and one of furry's longest-serving veterans, of 28 years)
ButtercupSaiyan
4 years, 9 months ago
You guys need to put your donation link at the top of the page! I didn't even know IB needed money. Finances are a little tight because it's the end of the month, but the fact  I didn't know is a real shame... you guys really should have some text at the top and a counter/chipin type meter for the amount.
starling
4 years, 9 months ago
It's okay for now as we get enough money when we ask. And we only need to ask every 6 months or so! Maybe when the site gets a lot bigger and more expensive to run then we'll be a bit more in-your-face about donations. I think we gain a lot of good will by being so subtle about the donations.
ButtercupSaiyan
4 years, 9 months ago
There's good will, then there's not knowing about it! Even if it's just in the journal on the front page or it's a link under the banner for a limited time, I think that's fair.

And unlike Furaffinity, this site actually works and RUNS most of the time. Hell, a lot of days, I don't know what I would do without IB! It is truly my home away from home... Tumblr is not very personal and can be drama-infested, DA could be called fanart.com, and the other social sites are hit and miss but Inkbunny cares. The friends I've made here have been deep and lasting because this place wholeheartedly supports pretty much anything you want to draw.

At least we can censor and hotlink offsite from the TOS, can't do that at FA... If IB went, I just don't know what I'd do or where I would go for the same amount of support!
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