The Golden Age of Hollywood

I unfortunately got bad news from Ning this week. It seems that Ning is going to raise the rates on hosting our site. Not just raising it a little but actually almost double what we were paying effective in October. Fortunately we pay our bill annually and so it will not affect us until next July, but it will affect us. I don't see how I can ask the membership for $600 every year to keep the site going. $300 was manageable but $600 is a little steep. I'm not sure what options are left to keep GAOH alive. Maybe a bi-annual drive where we try and raise half the funds around Christmas time and the rest in July? Post a permanent donation button on the front page and hope we have enough resources come July? Move to another site if we could find one? That would probably mean losing most of what we have archived here though. I don't know the answer at this point but I'm willing to have some input. If anyone has some viable options let me know.

Kevin

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Comment by Ktrek on October 2, 2016 at 10:43am

So, with the announcement that Ning is going to rollback the price increase I guess we have a reprieve for now. Hopefully this will be put off for a few years. So, we will proceed as we have been for the time being and just have our annual drive.

Thanks for all the comments of support!

Kevin

Comment by Le Chat-Noir on September 30, 2016 at 5:07pm

Now, with that being said, Ning did say for now-I don't know what that means, but right now prices have been >rolled back to the previous prices too !

Comment by Le Chat-Noir on September 30, 2016 at 5:00pm

Salut ! Ktrek et GAOH members- This is great news >No price increase et the Mini-Ning gets a reprieve...too !

They said, We heard Ning User [in their forum >Loud et Clear too ! } ] Announcements from Ning >

Comment by Stephen T. Spray on September 28, 2016 at 2:03pm

I like the idea of a bi-annual drive. 

Comment by kareng on September 25, 2016 at 10:20pm

I'm glad too.  Thanks for your comments Stephen!  :D :D :D

Comment by Rosie Sayer on September 19, 2016 at 1:50pm

Stephen, there are lots of people here from the UK, as well as Australia and other countries in the world. I'm glad you've joined us!

Comment by Stephen Butler on September 19, 2016 at 6:33am

Hello:  I don't know if I can help because I am based in the United Kingdom and I don't know if there are any other UK - based 'Golden Age' film fans here?  Anyway, if you can use PayPal or similar I'd be quite happy to pitch in whatever I can - probably around $20-30 would be my limit - about 15-20 UK pounds sterling.  For more than a decade I have ranted loudly and firmly on forums (not this one, sadly, though I hope now to use it more - it's hard to keep up!) and then on Facebook about the screening of Golden Age films on TV, festivals and the like in the UK.  So I am not about to see this wonderful site go down just because you guys cannot afford to pay the extortionate fees these corporate thieves charge you.  This site champions the movies of the Golden Age like so few others do.  I apologise - I do have a tendency to rant but please let me help in whatever way I can.  Cheers, Stephen

Comment by Dave Allen on September 18, 2016 at 11:07am

Some brilliant ideas from Kareng another long time member.      I totally agree that given the short duration required to bring in the 300.00 donation it stands to reason an additional 300.00 is quite do-able.   Over and above  the current rate increase,  the long term might be of greater concern.    

Comment by kareng on September 17, 2016 at 10:18pm

Agree that keeping GAOH as a closed group would be my preferred option. I never intended for all my activity here to be placed in the public arena of an open group. It was the nice, close knit community feel of a place to discuss classic movies and the like, that was so attractive in the first place when I joined. With advertising and participation by all and sundry if it were to be opened as a public group, I think it would fast become victim of the opportunists and spammers and become something completely different to what it is and has been to date.  

I do think if we can come up with $300 so easily and so fast in the past - I didn't even contribute this time around because all was 'done and dusted' by the time I realised it was donation-time - I feel confident we'd be able to all chip in for the $600 if it were a twice yearly donation drive or something.  

And then I'm thinking about other options too - something like, a committee of members (say 20 people or something) could be formed who agree to pay a yearly subscription amount of say something like $30, and that way the issue of yearly membership is guaranteed.  If anyone left the committee then a new member to join would need to be found.

Or...GAOH might become more like a club with membership.  We could go so far as to produce 'merchandise' like T-shirts and coffee mugs, keyrings, fridge magnets and the like that could be for sale at GAOH to help bring in funding as well?  Just thoughts.  i.e. GAOH starts advertising itself from within, instead of others coming in from outside to advertise.  Like I said.... just thoughts. 

I'm sure these ideas have flaws but just trying 'to nut out' something that might be agreeable to eliminate the yearly 'sweating it out' of whether GAOH continues or not.  Ultimately of course I understand all is for Kevin to mull over and decide upon.

Comment by Dave Allen on September 16, 2016 at 2:54am
How about approaching TCM for a small donation-they get plenty of free publicity on the GAOH site.

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