The Golden Age of Hollywood

Our member Joanne forwarded me an article that states that Ning will no longer be offering FREE service. If this is true, which I believe it is, then GAOH will be closing down. Not only can I not afford to pay for service to keep GAOH going but I'm unwilling to hassle with soliciting funds to keep it going. So, if you come by one day soon and GAOH is gone then you will know why. Here is the link to the article:


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Comment by Christopher on May 5, 2010 at 2:25pm
Wow..I just got the Email talking about the paypal setup and was all set to pitch in..then I saw the other Email where you reached your goal already!..Some generous folks were quick on the draw there..More were watching this development than we thought..
Comment by Abdullah aka Chuck on May 5, 2010 at 11:26am
Sorry, I've been so quiet throughout this whole ordeal....just didn't know where this was all heading.The Bitcher's life has taken some strange and busy turns of late. Kevin has had some health issues and I have as well. Anyway, I cannot express the pride I feel for being a part of a community of fine people who, as I waited for the Paypal button to go up, had already contributed enough to pay for a year's rent on our home away from home! Incredible!
Comment by Paco Malo on May 5, 2010 at 11:14am
That is great news.
Comment by Ktrek on May 5, 2010 at 10:46am
The members have voted with their pocketbook to keep GAOH on Ning. Thank you to all who contributed. We raised the $199.95 in only twelve hours! Wow!

Comment by Paco Malo on May 5, 2010 at 10:01am
I'm glad MothGirl Wings spoke up on this issue. Like her, I have to watch every penny. And as I wrote in this thread a while back, I greatly value The Golden Age of Hollywood social network, far beyond my ability to contribute financially.
Comment by Ktrek on May 5, 2010 at 1:02am
I'm not sure how "equality across the board" would work without actually charging a membership fee and as has been stated previously in this thread, that would likely be the slow death of GAOH. Leaving it up to a "free will" offering is the best way to go in my opinion. That way there is no "obligation" on anyone. You can give if you like or not give. I certainly understand having to watch every penny. And if that's the case for anyone I would rather you not donate and give next year if you are in a better position to do so then.

Comment by MothGirl Wings on May 5, 2010 at 12:54am
I would never expect or ask or want you to pay for it all - I would hope noone else here would either - but I'm not currently working and have to watch every penny, flat out. I can make a small contribution and will, but I just do feel it's odd that some will be contributing and some not - it's just how my mind works. I like the idea of equality across the board. Obviously that can't happen here, but I can't help wishing it could.
Comment by Ktrek on May 4, 2010 at 10:12pm
You know this reasoning of being against the "few paying for the many" is just weird to me. I you not watch public television? Do you send money in to support it every year or not? If you don't and watch it anyway is that not the same thing? Do you honestly think that every member of your church or synagogue contributes? Would you want those who don't not to come? If I had the $200 I would pay it all myself because I have a giving nature. And if I did it would not bother me one hoot that nobody else contributed. Nor would I expect them to! And if I had current employment that is exactly what I would do. I can still afford to pay some of the bill but not all. The sad thing is that we have almost a 1000 members and if every member only gave $1.00 it would keep the site going for 5 years. Unfortunately there are only about 50 who participate with any regularity and maybe another 50 who come by when they think about it. I'd be willing to bet most of our members spend more than $5.00 a week on coffee, but think $5.00 once a year to keep GAOH on Ning is too much!

Comment by kareng on May 4, 2010 at 9:57pm
Sorry, not Abdullah, kareng here.
I think Kevin's idea to add the Paypal link on the main page is excellent, and once the payment goal is reached, the Paypal link is removed until it's next required. Upfront payment saves money (why pay more any other way).
With Kevin's proposal it reminded me that we have community radio stations (in Australia) that operate in this way, and it's listeners who keep the station going with their donations and advertising ....
I'm happy to make a small payment to help via Paypal.
Comment by MothGirl Wings on May 4, 2010 at 8:55pm
We haven't heard from Abdullah in all this and I'd love to know what he thinks?

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