Penny here. Writing this for Clawdia because she’s currently dealing with a stress migraine for reasons that will be apparent in a moment.
As some of you know, Clawdia did not respond well to certain events recently and things went downhill quite quickly. Well we thought some of that had been fixed, and it was in a way. Then last month the last of the monthly donors canceled their donation. Now why this is a big problem. That one person was personally responsible for paying one-third of the hosting costs for the board. Yes, you read that right. And do you know the worst part of this? That persons donations came in after the bill was due so Clawdia and I were usually eating the bill and just getting reimbursed later. That’s why we often had to ask for help for the full amount.
Well now we’re in the situation Clawdia has been telling you would eventually happen for years. With the loss of that last regular donor this site is simply not able to support itself. In fact right now the hosting bill isn’t going to get paid and things will go offline unless we get some major help.
Do you remember Clawdia mentioned the issue where her brother-in-law got a hold of the debit card for her PayPal account and fucked it up? She had to open a new checking account for PayPal to unlock her account (and honestly, surprised they even did so) and her disability and SSI checks were scheduled to start being put into that account this month. In fact she was assured they would be when she called to verify that on Monday. Care to take a guess what didn’t happen? That’s right, they went to her old account that the bank has made deposit only instead of the new account. The old account was still overdrawn more than the total of her checks so we can’t do anything about getting those funds back. Which brings us to the reason for this post.
As it stands right this minute we are screwed. The server bill of $90 is due, our internet service/cable bill is $200 on a payment arrangement due by 11pm CDT on November 2nd (and is major component of being able to maintain the site for obvious reasons so losing it would be bad) and the $180 payment on our stove and fridge is also due by 5pm on Saturday or we lose those as well.
Now, you saw the part where Clawdia didn’t her checks because they went into an overdrawn, deposit only account? That means those funds which are mandatory to pay those bills don’t exist at all. And that is a big problem.
Short term, we basically need $470 to pay just the stuff that has to be paid in the next 48 hours. My income from work is already spoken for to pay our rent and utilities so I can’t cover the stuff Clawdia normally pays.
Which brings me to the long term viability of the site. As you may recall Clawdia has tried multiple times to get more people to donate monthly to help offset the costs and to try and build up a credit so this kind of situation wouldn’t put the site at risk again. That didn’t happen. This is a situation that cannot continue as it currently is.
Realistically, this is what needs to happen: We need to get the bills mentioned above paid, and somehow, some way, we have to get donations up to a level that can support the site long term. As is mentioned on the donations page there is a plan in place to reduce the hosting costs in the long term. In fact some of that work was done several months ago. Clawdia and I were eating a much larger portion of the bill than people realize previously. As that page also mentions, if every single member who logs in regularly (as in at least once a week) donated just $2 once, the site would not even be at risk for months. Of course that is in normal circumstances.
Here is what we’re asking of you. Help us get this bill situation fixed, and help us get enough funds to pay the server bill for at least 2 months. We can fix this mess, and we can solve the long term issues if we work together on it. For the site’s sake, and for Clawdia’s sake, please do what ever you can to help. There are several options given on the Donations Info page linked in the header. In addition to the addresses given on that page for contacting Clawdia or myself about donating, you can also reach me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just to be clear here: This site is running on borrowed time, because if we lose our internet or the server bill doesn’t get paid, the results will be the same. It won’t be an if things go offline, it’s when.