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    Basenotes began life around 18 years ago, it started as a hobby -- something I did in my spare time -- and grew to something a lot bigger. If you enjoy using the site, or have done in the past, I'm wondering if you'd be willing to help me?

    I've two main goals I would like to achieve at the moment for the site:

    Upgrade the Forum software.
    The current forum software is very old (nearly ten years) and is becoming no longer fit for purpose. It is no longer being updated; it's difficult to use on mobile devices and isn't overly good on the server issues


    Bringing some extra people on board.
    Ideally I'd like to be able to have help with editorial and keeping the directory updated. Currently I have the lovely Judith helping with admin/editorial/directory and the wonderful Furrypine, and the volunteer mods helping with the community/directory, but could do with additional support to stop myself burning out, and make the site even better.

    The forum software upgrade will take a fair bit of work. There is nearly 20 years worth of posts to convert over, plus much of the site will need to be rewritten to interact with the new forum software. This will take a bit of time and funds to make happen, and the second part, bringing some extra hands on board would make it easier.

    Over the last few years the display advertising market has been shrinking in value. In order to receive the best income from ads, I'd need to do the annoying ads which take over the page, make lots of noise, and generally be annoying. I don't really want to do that.

    To help facilitate this, I'm going to be rejigging the Basenotes Plus programme, but this might have to wait until the new forums are done to make it easier.

    In the meantime, several members have asked if they are able to contribute financially without becoming a Plus Member, so we're introducing a tip jar.
    If you have found this site useful and of value to you, would you consider supporting our survival and growth?

    If you'd be willing to contribute a tip to help us reach our goals, I would be extremely grateful! When we did something similar ten years ago, we gave people the option of adding a teacup to their profile. I'm going to do the same this time, but instead of a teacup, you can have a cocktail glass!

    How much can I tip?

    As much or as little as you like.

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


    Paypal your tip to gosborne@gmail.com - stating clearly your forum username. I'll serve you your cocktail as soon as possible*.

    Alternatively, follow this link here: http://paypal.me/gosb.

    If you do not want a cocktail to show on your profile, please let me know.


    Are there any benefits from tipping?


    No. Only the badge, and the warm cozy feeling inside that you're helping out


    Any questions, please feel free to ask.

    Cheers all!


    *This is all done manually, and I'm about to do a school run so you might have to wait a bit if I'm out or asleep
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    Great idea. Done.
    I do like a good cocktail
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    Brilliant idea. x
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    Count me in
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    Default Re: Help Basenotes becoming awesomer

    Great idea, Grant.

    Now, where is this tip jar, I can’t see any links or mention of it outside of this post. I’m on mobile app at the moment, perhaps that’s why...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by remik View Post
    Great idea, Grant.

    Now, where is this tip jar, I canít see any links or mention of it outside of this post. Iím on mobile app at the moment, perhaps thatís why...?
    It's nowhere obvious yet*, but for now people can paypal using the link in the original post

    *I should do this


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    I've drawn a quick cocktail icon. You're all getting Gin Martinis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    I've drawn a quick cocktail icon. You're all getting Gin Martinis
    Looks cool. Though that may have broken SOTD at the bottom
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    Done!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    Done!
    Not fair. You get a coffee and a cocktail
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    Money sent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    I've drawn a quick cocktail icon. You're all getting Gin Martinis
    Works for me! I must specify Tanqueray, in remembrance of my 20s.

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    Make mine a dirty martini plz
    oh look, I have a signature
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    You're all getting Gin Martinis
    It's like an ideal version of Oprah! YOU get a martini, and YOU get a martini, and YOU get a martini....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    It's nowhere obvious yet*, but for now people can paypal using the link in the original post

    *I should do this

    I think it should appear on every forum's master page, near the top left, since that's where most peoples' eyes naturally land on a new page.

    Just below or just above the "Post New Thread" button would be perfect -- and should definitely include the cocktail glass icon to be more eye-catching.
    Last edited by Cook.bot; 16th May 2018 at 01:44 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by epapsiou View Post
    Looks cool. Though that may have broken SOTD at the bottom
    Yeah that's just how things work round here I reckon. Add something, something else breaks. I reckon it might right itself when you add a new one tomorrow (here's hoping)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    Done!
    Thank you!

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    Money sent.
    Cheers

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonnette View Post
    Works for me! I must specify Tanqueray, in remembrance of my 20s.
    Of course, Tanqueray it is.

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    Grant - Glad to do it!

    I'll send a little more next month after payday. There are these pesky teenagers around here who are always insisting on things like food and college tuition.
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    Done. Mine's a mojito, please!
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    Quote Originally Posted by epapsiou View Post
    Not fair. You get a coffee and a cocktail
    Think I need more coffee, too! HIC
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    Yeah that's just how things work round here I reckon. Add something, something else breaks. I reckon it might right itself when you add a new one tomorrow (here's hoping)
    Yep that did it. A new sotd fixes it
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    Done! Thank you Basenotes.
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    Took the money that was originally intended for starving children in Africa and donated it to Grant. He needs it more.
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    Took the money that was originally intended for starving children in Africa and donated it to Grant. He needs it more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    I think it should appear on every forum's master page, near the top left, since that's where most peoples' eyes naturally land on a new page.

    Just below or just above the "Post New Thread" button would be perfect -- and should definitely include the cocktail glass icon to be more eye-catching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mammakay View Post
    Grant - Glad to do it!

    I'll send a little more next month after payday. There are these pesky teenagers around here who are always insisting on things like food and college tuition.
    Thank you

    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    Done. Mine's a mojito, please!
    That's fine, but you'll have to have it in a Martini glass with an olive in it

    Quote Originally Posted by epapsiou View Post
    Yep that did it. A new sotd fixes it
    Phew

    Quote Originally Posted by ArnaudBoson View Post
    Done! Thank you Basenotes.
    Cheers

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    Done.

    Can we reuse this link for more donations, in the future?
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    Tipped. Normally wouldn't be fussed about the badge, but I can't say no to my favourite cocktail...

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    Done!

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    Tossed what I could spare in your general direction
    Love the site, Grant, thank you for keeping this great community up and running!
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    Donated! Woo! If you need help with the directory, I'm game!
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