liveforphysics wrote:Just an option to donate if you wish is going to give Justin far more, and Justin would NEVER want somebody to have to pay to participate in a technical forum. I would never have become a member here just on principal if this were the setup when I first discovered ES. Just donate if you want, and buy your stuff from Justin.
I am trying to think through these suggestions a bit more these days, and I agree with Luke. If you had to pay, even a small amount to post; we would loose the young guys just starting. The small dedicated core would pay, but not the guys who would benefit most. Also the humorists would not pay; and somewhere methods posted that this board is good for technical AND humor. I like the humor too! I would miss our resident morpheus, Biker Sarah, etc.
I am liking the voluntary donation thing, and I think it would motivate us to know how much Justin is "in the hole" as time goes on with respect to hosting and IT fees. I am not interested in knowing the purchase price as that is embargoed and we need to respect Justin's business, but I believe we should eventually help there also. We need to think about cottage industry versus brick and mortar importers who sell. It would be great if voluntary worked there also. Good people, do good to each other. In that vein...
liveforphysics wrote:Well, tell us who! It would great to know which other vendor didn't just get dollar signs over their eyes at the thought of the take over letting the forum commercialize.
Now to hear that it was Cellman does not surprise me at all! He appears to be cut from similar cloth to our liberator. I sure wish him well also, and would like to see him grow to be a key player in eBike batteries.
Lets keep refining what makes sense....
PS: A merchandizing idea... I have a vinyl cutting machine that my kids used to run as a business. If we come up with some sticker idea that can be cut, I'll donate all the profit outside of postage to the cause. We will have to run it in batches when I have my kids home, (one graduated college the other is a junior), I'll tell them it is their task for getting to go to college partially on the ol' guy!