Dearest Visitors and Members of the little digital Fountain Pen Nut House on the digital prairie,
We very recently updated several of our donation options, and also added "FPN without Ads" options for those who'd like to support FPN, but want to opt out of seeing ads.
1. Additional FPN Rhodium and Platinum Supporter Donation Options
On special request, we have added the option to donate on a monthly basis in addition to the annual renewal options for both Rhodium and Platinum Support Donations.
This makes it possible for everyone to better schedule any payments, if so required. Obviously we had to configure these options with the additional costs invoked by smaller payments and the extra bookkeeping required, so over a year it works out a at a little more than the annual subscription.
The only difference with the annual subscriptions is that the monthly subscriptions do not provide for ink discounts. We will gladly provide you with a coupon once you have been supporting us this way for a year, though, and we will even check if we can automate this.
You may check these options here: FPN Support & Donation Options.
2. FPN without Ads donation subscriptions
Also on request, the option for FPN without Ads donations, both in a monthly and in an annual subscription format.
We were asked to cater for this about a year ago already. This essentially took some time to accomplish, basically because ads are displayed in 3 different ways, and these are not compatible with each other when it comes to disabling these displays. This option was achieved by disabling some by adding additional privileges to an existing account, and by adding a few specially created themes (or skins), to which you get access after donating towards these Ads Free options. These themes will allow for disabling the display of the remaining ads.
After completion of the donation process, you will have 3 extra themes available to you, clearly marked as "Show No Ads", in your theme changer. You may find the "Change Theme" option at the bottom of the page, on the left hand side. Clicking this option will show a short menu, with the themes selectable. Just click on any of the "Show No Ads" ones to stop displaying all remaining ads. As a bonus, you will have one extra theme, not available any other way yet.
3. Additonial automated options via the Donation Tracker
The Donation tracker is the place where Iridium Donors would donate a variable amount of $2 and higher. An Iridium Donor would as a thank you, get a larger PM-box as a thank you, and this was a half-yearly donation.
This was changed to a Yearly Donation, and still starts at $2. This minimum amount was set, BTW, in order to offset PayPal costs, which run rather high for smaller amounts.
Setting the period to a year, allowed us to add the regular Supporter Donations for Rhodium and Platinum Supporters as well. Previously, we adjusted these manually, now this is automated.
What does this mean?
Simply said, up to a donation of $30 (annually), you will get the Iridium membership and post badge and the extra permissions (PM increase), from $30 up to $60 the same but for a Rhodium Supportership, and from $60 and above a Platinum Supportership.
These are all the full annual and fully visible ones, however, although you can still hide the amount donated.
For the Stealth options and the monthly subscriptions, you will have to donate through our Store, in the FPN Support & Donations section.
4. Once-off and periodic donations through PayPal
We are still working on an alternative for completely anonymous once-off and periodic donations straight through PayPal, as these interfere with the store due to the way in which PayPal works. We will silently introduce the changes there as well. It will all work the same way, as we have now worked out a way around the problem with the store. This will be implemented within the next few days.
All of these options may also be found via the different menu options available, in the top menu and in the tabbed menu, in the FPN Quick Navigation in the sidebar in the Home page, and via the various FPN adverts at the top right and at the bottom of the page.
Thank you very much for your support so far, and keep the support coming!
Warm regards, Wim
On behalf of the entire Admin Team