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TheLoveBandit
11-03-2008, 19:12
Bluelight has historically been fortunate that all funding requirements were met by our generous benefactor (http://www.bluelight.ru/vb/showthread.php?t=365174). It was his stated intent to fund the site long after his lifetime, but due to the quick onset of his condition, we have been left without any assurance that his estate will provide for us. In order to sustain this site going forward, we are forced to find other funding sources. The breadth and scope of these will continue to evolve, but for now we have instituted a PayPal donation link. We are asking our members (and lurkers) to donate whatever they might be comfortable offering in return for the information and community they have found here. No donation is too small, or too large ;) , and we will continue to add other ways in which you can help us out as we go forward. Thank you for your support.




link---> OUR DONATIONS PAGE (http://www.bluelight.ru/vb/billspaypal.php?) <---link

A few quick FAQs up front:

Where does the money go?
Bluelight has historically been staffed on a volunteer basis - this will not change. All Moderators, Sr. Mods, and Admins give their time freely in an effort to sustain the site and help it thrive. The actual account into which the funds will go is owned and accessed solely by the owner of Bluelight, johnboy. He also owns and operates PillReports.com (shared on our server) and Enlighten.org, two of our sister sites.

Why Paypal?
Because it was the quickest and easiest to implement at this time. We are exploring other avenues to receive donations, and we will post them as they come online.

Why are the donations in Euros?
Our servers are in Europe, and while our member base is global, it simplified bill paying for our account to be set in monies that match the billing we receive. If you live outside of the Euro community, your credit card or account will get charged at whatever the conversion rate is at the time of the transaction. For those wishing to donate specific amounts of money in your own currency, we suggest using a conversion calculator (http://www.xe.com/ucc/) to determine the appropriate euro amount. (For example, currently $10 US ~ 6.53 Euros)

What other funding plans does the site have in mind, and when will they become available?
We have several ideas at work, but to express them here may rush them or cause part of the arrangement to become fouled up if they aren't properly put in place before public access is granted. We have a thread in SUPPORT (http://www.bluelight.ru/vb/showthread.php?t=367195) to encourage member suggestions and an open discussion of opportunities as well as why some ideas may not be pursued. However, all final decisions and implementation will be done by the owner and admin team, released as each plan is finalized. Your patience is appreciated.

SA
03-12-2008, 05:41
02 December 2008 update to the 2008 funding campaign:

We are currently roughly half way to our goal, with a month to go until our annual hosting bill is due. Of the €3,890 donated, more than half has come from sponsored surveys and slightly less than half of that amount from member donations. Thank you!

We need your help now more than ever, everyone! If 300 members were to donate €10, we would breathe easier for another year.

Please donate (http://www.bluelight.ru/vb/billspaypal.php?) and help keep our Bluelight going.

<3

beroshy
03-12-2008, 06:18
PLZ forgive me if i don't have the right to post here, i just want to ask something about donation to BL and don't know where else i can ask for it. My question is simple, if i make a donation does others members of BL will know about it ? I mean, donation are anonymous ? Or i can have something writed on the far left ( where the avatar is ) i don't know if i'm clear, sorry my english is very bad..

SA
03-12-2008, 06:20
Donations are not made public at this time, beroshy. In the future, we may introduce a Donating Member for those who wish to see something like that, or Premium Member or similar in conjunction with added privileges. That is still being discussed and is in the early planning stages, however.

beroshy
03-12-2008, 06:25
Donations are not made public at this time, beroshy. In the future, we may introduce a Donating Member for those who wish to see something like that, or Premium Member or similar in conjunction with added privileges. That is still being discussed and is in the early planning stages, however.

Ok, thanks for all the infos.

DG
03-12-2008, 07:09
What happens if the amount is not reached in time?

Tomer
03-12-2008, 07:13
Is this the end of bluelight? dun dun dun....

muntedmunter
03-12-2008, 07:21
I would donate $10.00 from my paypal but would not like to have my name on record for being on this site and for the past use of drugs and my previous experiences... lol.

I mean, just that my name, address and all my details will be recorded.

Is there a way to donate anonymously or some way where all my details won't be recorded?

I suppose I could use a mates PayPal or CC... hmmmm

SA
03-12-2008, 07:38
Muntedmunter, from the "Donate" page...


If you prefer a more discreet entry on your statement, please use the alternate email address [[email protected]]. If you prefer not to use Paypal altogether, you can donate via Moneybookers to our account [[email protected]].

Thank you.

Max Power
03-12-2008, 08:05
Will this place ever be pimped out with ads all over the place if whatever quota you have is not met?

Unknown
03-12-2008, 08:49
What happens if the amount is not reached in time?


We are currently roughly half way to our goal, with a month to go until our annual hosting bill is due.

I took SA's statement as "If BL doesn't raise the money, than the bill wont be paid". I doubt the host will grant leeway:(.

kingpin007
03-12-2008, 09:43
I think you should consider pop up ads for those herbal shops or similar as people will click on them aslong as you tell them to ;)

souRdieseL
03-12-2008, 09:56
Donations are not made public at this time, beroshy. In the future, we may introduce a Donating Member for those who wish to see something like that, or Premium Member or similar in conjunction with added privileges. That is still being discussed and is in the early planning stages, however.

This sounds like a good idea. I'm sure it'll make more people consider donating, to get a little something in return like a title or whatever. Anyways hope everything works out.

Jackal
03-12-2008, 15:48
I am of the opinion that having a "Donating Member" title would be not such a great thing.

It's one thing to have an ex mod noted as "crew" in return for time and dedication put in over (in many cases) years but it just seems that shades of elitism might start to creep in if donations were publicly listed.

Then again, if it helps the site achieve it's annual donation goal maybe it is worthwhile?

I'm surprised it has not been hit already tbh. If I could ask, how many regularly active members are there posting on this site - ballpark?








I LOVE this forum. My brain thanks it, my liver thanks it, my lungs thank it, every damn organ in my body thanks it. And So do the bodies of many around me who have never even heard of bluelight..

VIVA LA BLUELIGHT!!!!!!

Peace,
JJ

:)

Rogue Robot
03-12-2008, 18:24
I think you should consider pop up ads for those herbal shops or similar as people will click on them aslong as you tell them to ;)

I think we would rather keep BL ad free, which is why there is a final push.

InTherapy82
03-12-2008, 20:11
We should all give $10. Even if you're broke, $10 or even $5 is not that much. That's probably how much money we have sitting in our change jars. Considering how much time a lot of us spend here, we have to do our part. Mods & Administrators are already doing their part for free. We don't want annoying ads taking up half the space here. If it helps, giving a donating star to people who donate, would be a good idea. It would motivate people to give.

Everyone donate at least $5 NOW!!

I'm donating my part now and don't want to feel like my $ is going to waste. It took me less than 1 minute to do it.

If u got $ for drugs u got $ to help BL! Everyone do it now !!!

All they need now is about 500 people to give $10. Common people. We don't wan to BL to close.

ellua
03-12-2008, 20:29
i threw down, i'm broke as hell but i know i'd just spend it on something stupid anyway... o.O really hope you guys meet your goal, i'll round up my change after i finish xmas shopping and see if i can help out more... i wish i could afford to make a real dent in it but hopefully someone out there with the means, or just enough people who give 5 or 10, will come around in time!

Fleinar
03-12-2008, 21:15
Im having issues using my paypal account it just tells me to add a new credit card.. why doesnt the only one i have work:S?

InTherapy82
03-12-2008, 21:38
^Make sure the CC u have is not expired and works, just a suggestion. Maybe e-mail the people at paypal to see what the problem is. I have my bank account attached to paypal cuz I sell stuff on ebay and other sites and that works the best.

wArEhOuSePuNk
03-12-2008, 22:03
..... Payment sent! Please note im a broke piece o' shit but am still willing to pay for a site im on everyday. Its like public television , i would feel guilty if i didnt contribute. Ill be in on the next go-round as well.:)


Bl has educated me about harm prevention since i was a 17 year old know-nothing , know-it-all & just a lurker.

I could never even begin to express my feelings about BL to xtxxtc for this site sent from the gods.....:D
^ hearing about him passing was very sad.:|:!
Heaven only knows how many people have been saved , helped & @ very least entertained by the goofs on this site:) Some of the funniest things ive ever heard in my life has been posted on BL.

SteeleyJ
03-12-2008, 22:56
I really hope the money here can be raised. I'll do my part when I get payed. I've been surfing bluelight since around 2004 ( under a different s/n for 2 yrs ), this site in my case alone has helped myself and people i come in contact with alive and (more) healty. Harm reduction needs to be spread, and bluelight is a fantastic resource for people looking for non-biased and first hand information about the substances they are inevitably going to ingest anyway.

Or the advice thats given on here for just about anything people can manage to think of. Advice and thoughts from people in different parts of the world, different views , likeminded views, crazy motherfuckers, etc. etc.
And its entertaining if you just want to fuck around or if you want to use your critical thinking skills.


Hopefully BLers will rally up and keep thier domain running. :)

FlowMotion
04-12-2008, 02:17
Fucking paypal will not work! My account works for other stuff like ebay and such but it will not let me send money to bluelight. :X

monstanoodle
04-12-2008, 02:38
:( Wish I could donate right now... I'm sorry ♥

BlueLight has been a place that I've grown so fond of which makes me sad that I can fund it.
Hopefully in time I'll pay my dues.

Pomzazed
04-12-2008, 03:47
Paypal isnt available for me! :S
I dont have credit card!

Rogue Robot
04-12-2008, 03:49
Paypal isnt available for me! :S
I dont have credit card!

you can send a money order to the address given on the donation page. :)

LiLc
04-12-2008, 03:49
Exactly how much more money do you need to pay the server bill? Maybe I can help.

Cone
04-12-2008, 03:50
15 euros incoming %)

dankoni
04-12-2008, 04:48
€10.00 donated =)

johnboy
04-12-2008, 05:25
Our server bill is around 6k euro but we also have spent about .5k on software and upgrades recently. Of course we want to have some on hand for contingencies. Currently we have around 4.5k. Of that 2.5K have been direct member donations, with .5k coming in the last day or two.

Thank you to everyone who has donated! I just love this community. We still have a bit to go but I am very encouraged by the response so far.

If anyone is having problems with Paypal please contact me directly and I'll see if we can fix it.

Also if you cannot contribute financially at this time please go to here (http://www.bluelight.ru/vb/showthread.php?t=405068) and complete the survey. It is run by Inflexxion who have been very generous in their support of Bluelight. Just by completing the survey you will help Bluelight keep going.

Raving Loony
04-12-2008, 11:25
I don't party anymore, so this site is more nostalgia for me. But this place has been very informative and good to me, it is only fitting that I contribute at least something. €150 donated it is.

Rexeh
04-12-2008, 11:27
Considering the fact that I no longer have to buy expensive weed thanks to BL (homegrowing FTW! :) ) and also have some money left that probably will end up being spent on things like booze and PS3 games anyway I donated €50 (around $65) instead of my usual €10/month. =)

Think of it as a christmas gift instead of a donation. ;) =D

Peace o/

EDIT: two posts worth €200. Thanks to you Raving Loony for that generous donation, it's a good thing to see that people really care about BL. :)

TheLoveBandit
04-12-2008, 16:51
For other ways to send in funds, if PayPal isn't working for you - please click the link for the donations page:



link---> OUR DONATIONS PAGE (http://www.bluelight.ru/vb/billspaypal.php?) <---link

And, for ideas and discussion on what money raising plans have been discussed, which may be implemented, which ones won't (and why)...please read the existing SUPPORT discussion thread here:


What other funding plans does the site have in mind, and when will they become available?
We have several ideas at work, but to express them here may rush them or cause part of the arrangement to become fouled up if they aren't properly put in place before public access is granted. We have a thread in SUPPORT (http://www.bluelight.ru/vb/showthread.php?t=367195) to encourage member suggestions and an open discussion of opportunities as well as why some ideas may not be pursued.

Any donation helps - either financial, or by participating in the drug studies our site is working with (yes, they also provide some funds to us in exchange for putting them in touch with the ideal test subjects for their research efforts). Help any way you can - thank you. <3

brutus
04-12-2008, 20:45
I've taken both the drug surveys and will donate some $ if I can figure out how to do it without it being possible to trace it back to me. I've read the various ways to donate and I'm just not quite sure about them. I'm sure there are some rich members that a few grand would be pocket change to them.

I think a PM should be sent to every single member asking them for a donation, if that doesn't work, then get ads. Everyone who is using Firefox won't even see them so its like they aren't even there. Of course the later is the worst case scenario but I wouldn't mind it at all.

wArEhOuSePuNk
04-12-2008, 22:07
Paypal isnt available for me! :S
I dont have credit card!

i dont have a credit card either. You can wire money from your bank account through P.P. thats what i do

delsymfan
05-12-2008, 01:26
How long do we have?

I can throw down about 15-20 probably next paycheck, in about a week.

I like it here, its also the only drug site my work web blocker doesnt block!

alasdairm
05-12-2008, 02:29
^ a week is fine. sincere thanks to you, and everybody who is helping.

alasdair

StaffWriter
05-12-2008, 05:17
Demand a bailout! Gosh, I just started a job (actually 2 jobs) so I won't have a check for 3 wks. I'll see what I can do. After all, I do owe bluelight for all the great advice (but bad, bad politics ;)).

candygram
05-12-2008, 06:09
I've been coming here off and on for about 7-8 yrs and the info I've gotten has been invaluable. I wish I could help more but 5 euros was all I could donate, after x-mas I plan on buying a new testing kit though.

spork
05-12-2008, 06:33
^Every little bit helps. :)

johnboy
05-12-2008, 06:43
A bailout? Why didn't I think of that?

Bluelight is hear by officially a bank. Or an automotive company. Or whoever else is eligible.

Cyc
05-12-2008, 09:48
Please make direct credit card payments available.

I do not deal with Paypal.

UnSquare
05-12-2008, 18:10
The 'Money Order' Option Has Made It So Assoff Monday.
Thank you Capt'n RR
&
Team 'Enlighten' Fo' Not Makin' Me Bank-Specific.

Yes,
I'm Ghey Ol'Skool,
But I Still Play VHS,
& think audio cassettes need a comeback.

"Quit Livin' In Tha Past, They Say."
Preach mainly.
Inferred even.

But It may help many who deal is no-card-try-biz...

So,
thanks
Johnboy.

Maybe draw the attention that you don' even need anythin' but the $ to give.

I've never bought ANYTHING personally over the internet.

:o

PEACE
UNS
:)

ChemicalSmiles
05-12-2008, 20:49
I refuse to deal with Pay Pal, but I will donate when another option is clear. %)

SA
05-12-2008, 21:44
Other options are presented on the Donate page. More options may be made available as we evolve, but for now, as they say, "dat's alls we's gotst". Thank you for your support. :)

Mazey
05-12-2008, 22:12
I just used paypal to send some loot to Bluelight , under my wifes name and her credit card i don't think she's gonna notice, she never looks at her statement . :)

white_magic
05-12-2008, 22:30
Had some money left over on my Paypal, so that's $15 from me to this great place!

GoddessLSD-XTC
06-12-2008, 01:33
Does any of the $$$ go to PillReports, I noticed that it's the same owner?

EDIT: PillReports is worth supporting too! Nice to know that! :)

white_magic
06-12-2008, 02:39
Does any of the $$$ go to PillReports, I noticed that it's the same owner?

Yeah, the server hosting cost is shared for BL, PR, and enlighten.org.au

Damien
06-12-2008, 02:55
try http://www.enlighten.org.au

GoddessLSD-XTC
06-12-2008, 03:12
Oh, yeah, enlighten looks good too.

Just the other day I was wondering who served PillReports!

(I sent a $25 donation to BL.)