Dearest Members of the little Fountain Pen Nut House on the digital prairie,
We are in the process of making a few changes to FPN. Currently we have extensive discussions in the Moderator and Admin Team on the way forward for our great board.
You will likely have seen some changes for the good already . Rather than a boring piece of text with links at the top of the board, there are now some brighly but tastefully coloured visual clues to the options we have in place to support this place. And over the past few days several options were improved or added as well .
1) The FPN Pen Store
The FPN Pen Store is accessible now from the FPN Shopping Mall tab, with two options, or directly either from the link or from the pen picture in the header.
2) FPN Ink Orders
The Ink ordering system now has its own link here, and it automatically creates an FPN Ink Ordering Email for you which lists all the essential information we require be able to process your order.
3) FPN Café Press Store
The renewed and overhauled FPN Café Press Shop is clearly visible there too, and is also accessible from the FPN Shopping Mall Tab.
4) FPN Support Options
Last but not least a set of support options through PayPal is available as well, allowing now not only for a single donation of your choice, but also for a yearly subscription with several choices if you so like. These options are available at the bottom of the page as well, but require scrolling down quite a bit.
The new implementation makes these options visible on each page here on FPN, which makes it extremely easy to find them, we think.
We are planning on adding more options to help with funding, and we will ask your input too. Therefore, keep your eyes peeled, and do check the latest News, the Recommended Reading Sidebar, and the Community Feedback forum on a regular basis.
The reason for this new funding drive is simple: we need funds in order to keep this site going! And with the current increase in Member numbers, at a rate of 100-120 a day(!), and which already stands at over 75,000, with about 2,500,000 posts in the forums, we will need a drastic increase in funding in order to service our community well. Essentially we are looking at a tripling of required funds, for the next step up in hosting (!).
In short, any good ideas on how to achieve this are much appreciated! And keep on buying and donating, of course, it supports us all!
Thank you all very much in advance!
The FPN Admin and Moderator Team