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Mike Higgins

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Bandwidth problem
« on: October 28, 2009, 09:43:04 PM »

I don't know how these things are done, but who does pay for this forum? It doesn't seem very fair if Theo is forking out of his own pocket for our benefit. I hadn't really though of this before as I am a bit selfish, should we all chuck in a few quid now and again?
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Re: Bandwidth problem
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2009, 09:56:50 PM »

Many people have donated, usually after selling an instrument through the 'buy & sell' forum so its not coming out of my own pocket.  Thanks for the thought though.
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Re: Bandwidth problem
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2009, 10:14:40 PM »

I must say I have not given this any thought either, I afraid to say it never crossed my mind.  I very much enjoy this forum and would be willing to contribute if necessary.
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Re: Bandwidth problem
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2009, 11:11:59 PM »

What with people creating links here on facebook the number of readers and users and therefore bandwidth draw will ever increase. I've already offered a donation privately, but then saw this thread. The 509 'Bandwidth Limit Exceeded' http error some of us got this evening is a shot across the forum's bows.

[edit] Trimmed back - see my more formal post below. What do people think?
« Last Edit: October 29, 2009, 07:43:21 AM by Chris Ryall »
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Re: Bandwidth problem
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2009, 06:55:18 AM »

Hi.
Re donations,maybe I'me a bit thick,I asked Theo how to send money after sale of instrument buy I can't work out which e.mail adress to send paypal payment to.
If this was to be made very clear then I suspect more cash could be donated.
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Re: Bandwidth problem
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2009, 07:42:22 AM »

Hi. Re donations,maybe I'me a bit thick,I asked Theo how to send money after sale of instrument buy I can't work out which e.mail adress to send paypal payment to.If this was to be made very clear then I suspect more cash could be donated.

I too find Theo over reticent about cash support (sorry, mate).  This forum seems to be his baby, but it has now grown like Topsy, and like my own daugthers has become expensive. Server breakdowns for lack of funds aren't in anyone's interest. But nor is running the thing on a shoe string.  We've now demonstrated a need to probably double capacity. That'll cost. 

Theo - I'd wishlist a permanent page somewhere .. and all implicit in that. These numbers are complete guesses.

   
Melodeons.net would seem to fit the Charities Act acceptable purpose under  "The advancement of the arts, culture, heritage or science". Registration as a charity would allow claim back of VAT and 20% tax on covenanted subscriptions. If it were part of eg "UK melodeon trust" I think it would go through easily. Colin Cater is involved in the East Anglia Trust - I'll try to tap his experience at Witney.

But it's all admin and that might be a bugbear. If Theo just wants to run the website could perhaps some of the mods act as trustees. I suspect there's paperwork involved, and accounts.  But trustees could simply keep these as a thread on the website.

Anyway - something to discuss?  I'm willing to put money (and time) where my mouth has led me.  This forum is worth it.  :Ph

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Re: Bandwidth problem
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2009, 08:43:16 AM »

I am Treasurer for a music charity (The Sheffield Chamber Orchestra: www.sheffield-chamber-orchestra.org.uk
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Re: Bandwidth problem
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2009, 09:17:39 AM »

I know the old Timelord (Doctor Who forum I now Mod/Admin) had a 'donate' button open to full members. Where you could donate anything from a few pence to a substantial amount towards the forums upkeep. That might be an idea.

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Re: Bandwidth problem
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2009, 09:31:16 AM »

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If one was thinking of setting up a charitable organisation or society (such as the International Concertina Association, or the several UK Accordion Clubs) which held meetings and events for its membership, then that would be a different matter. If we wanted to form such an association, then this website and forum could be affiliated to it, I guess, if Theo felt like it.

We do have the potential membership for such an organisation, and it could be really good

Melodeonists of the world unite! I.M.A. (shame we couldn't sneak a T. in there so we could be ITMA!) - THEO for President!!!
Gets my vote (or is it a secret ballot?)
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Re: Bandwidth problem
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2009, 09:34:39 AM »

(or is it a secret ballot?)
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We are not going to tell you because the fact that is is or is not a secret is itself a secret  >:E

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Re: Bandwidth problem
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2009, 09:38:44 AM »

(or is it a secret ballot?)
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We are not going to tell you because the fact that is is or is not a secret is itself a secret  >:E
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Re: Bandwidth problem
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2009, 10:21:55 AM »


Hi. Re donations,maybe I'me a bit thick,I asked Theo how to send money after sale of instrument buy I can't work out which e.mail adress to send paypal payment to.If this was to be made very clear then I suspect more cash could be donated.

The link to donate is in this thread which is pinned at the top of the 'Buy & Sell' forum.  Lots of people have used this successfully.  I'm not aware of any problems with it.

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Melodeons.net would seem to fit the Charities Act acceptable purpose under  "The advancement of the arts, culture, heritage or science". Registration as a charity would allow claim back of VAT and 20% tax on covenanted subscriptions. If it were part of eg "UK melodeon trust" I think it would go through easily. Colin Cater is involved in the East Anglia Trust - I'll try to tap his experience at Witney.

But it's all admin and that might be a bugbear. If Theo just wants to run the website could perhaps some of the mods act as trustees. I suspect there's paperwork involved, and accounts. 

Please no charity status!  Mountains of paperwork, written constitution, AGM, office bearers, accounts, auditors etc, etc.  It works the way it is, there is enough donations to cover costs.  It works.  (:)
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