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« Reply #25 on: February 06, 2008, 18:46 »
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ahhhh, you're back!

Leaf, I thought yesterday that something terrible might happened to you, like being arrested for taking photos of a public building, or using a tripod in London, or anything that terrible!  ;D

Glad to see that it is not the case!


Another thought could be to have a voluntary donation.. with perhaps a little 'perk' for 'paid members' like a 'members lounge' area of the forum.. for uhhh... members only discussion :) ... things we only wanted to discuss amoungst ouselves! :)  ... or perhaps have a perk as only paid members are allowed to have a forum signature (and thus referral links)...   anyhow for the time being things will remain the same.

Just a Voluntary donation button is perfect for me (with a Paypal link), no need to have anything special for now!

Thanx
Claude


« Reply #26 on: February 07, 2008, 01:32 »
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Leaf, I thought yesterday that something terrible might happened to you, like being arrested for taking photos of a public building, or using a tripod in London,


Yeah. Just be careful if you're doing serious photography in London. The police are a little twitchy ... and not too bright with it.

I put the story on my blog yesterday.

« Reply #27 on: February 07, 2008, 15:07 »
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OK.. for an update here.

I have added a 'support the site' link on the top.  It is not really much new at all, but there will be a 'paid members' area of the forum... for I am not sure what type of discussion, but perhaps it will be useful... i had to think of some sort of perk to give.

One of the better ideas however, is that I have decided that every 'membership' fee that is paid will first go to support a kiva loan.  If you don't know what that is, check it out here
http://www.kiva.org
Once the kiva loan has been repaid - the funds will be withdrawn and used to support microstockgroup.  I have wanted to find a way to support a number of kiva loans and perhaps this is one way.  I have set the membership fee to $25 /year - since that is the amount a kiva loan costs - I hope that is not too much.  Feel free to let me know your thoughts. 

Otherwise there is the regular referral links, and advertising info on that page... i guess you can see it for yourselves.

But as I stated earlier.. The site is going to remain free.  The membership is purely voluntary -  there may be features in the future for paid members but the information, forums and regular site will always be free.

and lastly.
You can check out the microstockgroup kiva page
HERE
« Last Edit: February 07, 2008, 16:09 by leaf »

« Reply #28 on: February 07, 2008, 15:56 »
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Leaf,

That's a really cool idea.  Last time I checked Kiva, they were not needing contributors - go figure!  That was due to the huge advertisement they had received, which brought many helpers in a short time.  I checked and they are open for contribution now.

Regards,
Adelaide

« Reply #29 on: February 07, 2008, 16:05 »
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Leaf,

That's a really cool idea.  Last time I checked Kiva, they were not needing contributors - go figure!  That was due to the huge advertisement they had received, which brought many helpers in a short time.  I checked and they are open for contribution now.

Regards,
Adelaide

yeah they were featured on Oprah, and Bill Clinton also gave them a few promo's .. immediatly after that they had more lenders than people needing a loan.  They limited the amount people could loan for a while (to try and catch up).. and now seem to be back to 'normal'

« Reply #30 on: February 07, 2008, 16:24 »
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I think this is a very good idea, leaf.
$25 is nothing compared with what we have been learning here. I will do the payment as soon I have money on my PP account!

 :)

« Reply #31 on: February 07, 2008, 17:43 »
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Leaf,  I don't use paypal,  I still collect by check......  I suppose that it is inevitable that I must get a paypal account up and running and as soon as I do, I will gladly kick in $25.

MSG has been invaluable to me in my entrance into the microstock world.  This is the ONLY forum that I belong to. It is the only one I've ever found worthwhile.

Thanks for your efforts, sir!!   And thanks to all of you that have helped me!! 8)=tom

« Reply #32 on: February 07, 2008, 17:48 »
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And you know, that gave me an idea.  I have a bit over US$50 in CanStockPhoto after two years, and it's likely that I won't achieve the US$100 for a MB payout in a decent time frame, so I should grab that money into PP and use it to finance two persons in Kiva!

Regards,
Adelaide

« Reply #33 on: February 07, 2008, 17:55 »
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I think idea of microstock funding microloans is a pretty cool idea.

« Reply #34 on: February 07, 2008, 18:15 »
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Leaf,

I signed up to Mostphotos.com a few days ago and gave your name :)  I hope you get credit for the referral.

I am not familiar with the "kiva" loan so I will have to educate myself about it when I get a chance, but will be more than happy to contribute to help support this site.

Mark

« Reply #35 on: February 07, 2008, 19:53 »
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Leaf,

I learned about this site from a posting by Flemish on the GS forums. I've been here every since. I've found it a valuable resource not only about the artistry of microstock, which I am still learning, but also about the eccentricities of the various sites. I've also read much from the other folks around here that is just plain interesting. The conversations are often spirited, but rarely turn obnoxious. It is refreshing to be amongst a group people who can have different opinions but do not generally flame one another. And now we find that you have a big heart, too. The site just keeps getting better and more comfortable, kind of like a nice warm pair of slippers on a cold morning.

Thanks a bunch for all your efforts. They are appreciated.

« Reply #36 on: February 07, 2008, 20:25 »
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Wow, I really like this idea!

Claude

digiology

« Reply #37 on: February 07, 2008, 22:11 »
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Thanks Leaf. I really like the Kiva idea. I just donated  :)

« Reply #38 on: February 08, 2008, 14:05 »
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I learned about this site from a posting by Flemish on the GS forums.
Ah, I finally did something right ;-)

I did another thing right I guess, when I uploaded about 600 shots to MostPhotos last weekend by FTP. No pain at all since they are all IPTC-ed. I got a private chat from the manager and he asked me where I knew about MP and I said the MSG. Always cherish your sponsor!


 

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