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    Monthly Site Expenses

    Hello! In an ongoing effort to be transparent about the expenses related to running the site, I wanted to share with you the source of all of our costs as well as our "wish list." Here you'll see a breakdown of the site's individual expenses along with the total cost of maintaining them. Averaged over the last year, we have received about $30 monthly in donations; the balance of these expenses comes directly out of my pocket. I want to assure you that the site will continue to run, but ongoing donations are immensely helpful. While I wouldn't have taken ownership of the site if I couldn't personally guarantee its continued availability, I must admit my limited income makes it hard to squeeze the funds out in some months. If you are willing and able, please set up a one-time or recurring donation - even a small one - to help ensure the future of the site. Licenses: Chat: $50.00 monthly - rather than a licensing expense, this expense covers publicity for chat, the forums, and the site in general. Forums: $45.00 every six months. This license comes due every August and February. Resource Locator: $50.00 yearly. This comes due every September. Email Delivery Service: $8.50 monthly. This ensures that our emails show up in inboxes as opposed to spam folders, and provides us with extra insurance against emails being rejected outright as they were on our old server. Hosting: Server rental: $40.00 monthly. This is a recent expense as of this writing; we were forced to move to a new server to allow site-generated emails to be sent once again. Server security software: $90.00 yearly. This comes due every October. I'm sure you can understand why I don't want to name this software in a publicly visible place and give the evildoers of the internet any ideas on how to beat it. This cost represents two individual pieces of software that protect us from hacker and spammer attacks - those evil-minded people have bots that test our servers and are successfully blocked up to around 400 times a day. Miscellaneous: Post Office box: $48.00 every six months. This comes due every May and November. (I'm sure you can understand why I don't want my home address plastered on the internet.) Total Monthly Investment to Ensure Payment of All Bills: $125.67 Advertising: If I'm able to contribute - or receive contributions that help me to contribute - more than that bare minimum, any funds held over will be used for advertising purposes. We want to get the word out far and wide so we can help as many people as humanly possible. Advertising campaigns will be launched any time we have $500.00 or more in funds not otherwise marked for payment of bills. Those who wish to donate can do so here. Recently, I asked for donations to help cover the summer licenses as well as convert the site to a new platform. I'm pleased and very, very grateful to say that the generosity of the TransPulse community made possible everything I set out to do. Incorporation and the subsequent registration as a non-profit organization is something that isn't in the cards at present, as the legal expenses, filing costs, and risk to those who would take places on the board is far across the line of what's tolerable. This means that we can't issue tax deduction receipts for donations we receive at this time, which is why contributions from our members are doubly appreciated. I'm immensely proud to be part of a community that looks after its own in the way this one does. I'd like to offer my sincere thanks to all of you. To those who have donated or will do so in the future, your gifts are treasured. To those unable to give financially, know that the experience you bring to the community and the guidance you offer your fellow members is priceless.