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    Default Server Busy? Drink Tea!

    A Mad Tea Party



    Most of you may have noticed, the server tends to grind to halt round here when it is busy. We do need to upgrade our server, but the monthly costs for the server we need are three times as much as we pay at the moment.

    If we could raise money for a couple of months, hopefully we will have a site stable enough to sell some decent advertising on and all will be well.

    We are going to hold a virtual tea party to raise some funds to go towards costs, thereby eradicating the server busy message for at least a year!

    How does it work?


    Have a little look in my 'postbit' above. That's the part with my username, post count and other bits in. To the left of my 'Supporter Badge' is a cup of tea. You can buy a cup of tea to help raise funds.

    How much for a cuppa?

    As much or as little as you like. You can pay us for you tea via paypal.

    If I pay more do I get a bigger cup?


    No, you may get posher tea though.

    Can I drink the tea?

    No, but you can look at it.

    What's the point?

    None really, well apart from the whole server thing.

    Are tea supplies limited?


    Yes we only have 500 cups of tea. Once they are gone they are gone. We may introduce another drink later on.

    Ok, I'll drink your tea - how do i do it?

    Paypal your tea-money to [email protected] - stating clearly your forum username. I'll serve you your tea as soon as possible

    Are there any benefits from drinking the tea?

    No. Only the badge. No secret tea drinkers forum, No marketplace posting to swap teas. Just the badge. Oh, and once you have drunk you tea - no refunds!

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    ADDED 16th November 2009

    I've just had a few people ask if they can still buy tea cups. I originally said I'd stop at 500 cups, and we sold around 60, so there are still loads left if people were feeling generous. The site does cost a lot to run, so every little helps. You can also buy tea for another member if you like tea!

    Thanks
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    This is a fun idea, Grant!

    Bookcrossing.com offers something similar, where members can purchase wings and/or supporting memberships for themselves or as gifts to other members. They offer the option of giving these gifts anonymously, which can add a little "secret benefactor" mystery.
    Last edited by tang; 29th April 2008 at 08:51 PM.
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    Excellent idea Grant!
    I shall partake!

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    Good Luck and Best Wishes for this project!

    Make mine Barry's Gold Blend...

    (I'm easy to please.)

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    I'm in, Grant, and pleased that we get a chance to contribute to solving the tech problems. Mmmm, yummy. (Purses lips, sticks out pinky and sips.)

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    Me too. Hope this fund raiser works. Feels a bit "stop-gap"-y. Do we have a long range plan? (This from one who lives "one day at a time"!! )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Basenotes View Post
    If I pay more do I get a bigger cup?

    No, you may get posher tea though.
    LOL

    Great idea Grant!
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    Great Idea, keep up the good work!!
    question the Question!!

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    Hi Grant,

    I'm in for a cuppa! Please make mine camomile - it's been a stressful week at work already.

    Thanks,

    Joe
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    Excellent idea, I like genmaicha.

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    /Drinks the cup poured out to myself earlier


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    Sorry I took so oolong. I'm in for a cuppa!
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    Just sent my payment for a cheap cup of orange pekoe .

    Good luck, Grant! This is a great idea.
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    I would love a cup of tea. Payment sent.

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    I'll take red tea please...and you can count me as a supporter too :-) Thanks for getting the wardrobes back up!

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    Sent payment for a cuppa! CHEERS!
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    I would like to help this great site out. I have never used PayPal. On my way to PayPal I ran across a horror story at www.paypalsucks.com.

    Sounds like there are a lot of problems with PayPal.

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    Earl Grey, extra bergamot, please.
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    I will soon be joining the tea party!!!

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    It's a bit ironic for me, I just this second finished watching a documentary about an organic gourmet tea importer working out of rural China -- buying organic tea one little handbasket at a time from family farmers.

    Surely, it's a sign. I must have a cup, Lipton budget notwithstanding!
    Please, spritz responsibly.

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    Got any pot?
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    Perhaps a gulp of bong water would satisfy?
    Please, spritz responsibly.

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    I'll stick with the Arizona green tea! Speaking of which, I am seriously addicted to. I drink about a gallon of it per day!
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    Hmm, I ordered my tea on Wednesday... still no cup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebear View Post
    Hmm, I ordered my tea on Wednesday... still no cup?
    Sometimes gmail decides to junk paypal notifications if anyone else has paid for, and not received tea, please let me know

    Thanks!
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    Macha green tea please!
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    i keep getting a 'server too busy' message from paypal when i try to send. they need a tea fundraiser too. IT'S MAKING ME CRAZY!
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    I'd like a strong one with just a little sugar ;o)

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    Ahhhh, Lapsang souchong......

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