Press the Donate button below to be sent to the server PayPal account where you can either move money from your PayPal account, or from credit cards to fund the server. Alternatively in NZ you make direct payments to a bank account of the The Standard Trust.
Or donate to The Standard Trust account at Kiwibank
Set the Particulars to ‘Donation’
There is a more detailed explanation below about what your donations pay for and our rules about acknowledgement.
In the past we have run this site using contributions largely from the sysop. Initially that was by providing servers for free through his own servers and those of donated server space from his contacts.
In early 2008 growth in the sites readership caused the server to be shifted to a paid virtual server in NZ. In early 2009 the server was moved to cheaper virtual servers in the US with higher capabilities to cope with site growth. These were paid for by the sysop as part of his contribution to the site.
In mid-2009 we added a Donate facility using a Paypal account. Contributions from readers grew from nothing to the point where they were paying for the majority of the cost of the servers by early 2010.
However, in early 2010 we had to shift to running the server on a dedicated server because the readership got too big and the demands on the server were violating the service agreements with providers. This also escalated the cost of running the server out of the range of the available donations. So advertising was introduced to pay for it.
These days, we run the sites servers largely on the proceeds from advertising and whatever donations are received. But the servers are still run on the smell of an oily rag with no sponsorship and no affiliations to companies that may disrupt our opinions being heard. We keep the donation channel open because if we get pressure from advertisers about site content, then we will remove the advertising from the site, and revert to running on donations and contributions from authors.
We provide no acknowledgement of people who contribute because that would violate our standards on privacy. If you make a contribution then only the sysop will know, and he doesn’t tell anyone anything that he considers should be private. The money is placed directly into either the Paypal account that pays for the US server if you use the Donate button or to the account that is used to pay for the NZ Server and tops up the PayPal account.
Your donation will only used for paying for the server costs. However it may free up other revenue to do other tasks like expanding the capabilities of the site, legal defenses if that is ever required, and campaigns in the spirit of our about.
However we are eternally grateful to those who do contribute or have contributed in the past in amounts of between $10 and $100. You help keep our options open about how this site is maintained and funded.