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The Patternform.co.uk domain name was first registered in 2002 and I've published this site for free ever since. I'm a one man band and administration of this site, getting results, generating the various Patternform cards, user admin, site development etc is now taking a significant amount of time and the most obvious way forward would be to turn some of the site into a subscription service. Before I do that though I've decided to try the donation model to see if that can work.

The Christmas appeal for a backup laptop attracted donations from 15% of the user who logged in. If I can increase that percentage to 45%-50% of users overall then with a 10 donation four times a year I should be able to raise enough. This would work out at under a 1 a week.

If I move to a subscription service model then I would expect to lose much of my user base and I would probably set the subscription level at 10 a month to compensate.

If I move to a subscription model then any donations in the preceding 3 months would be automatically transferred to membership fees. So if someone had donated 30 in the previous 3 months, they would have the next three month membership paid already.

Well that's the plan and I've opened up a thread on the forum to discuss it. Just click on this text

If you want to donate 10 (or more you want) to contribute to the site's upkeep, please send your USERNAME (very important), and the amount you want to donate to webmaster@patternform.co.uk with the "subject" - Donation - and I'll generate a paypal payment request using the email address used, which you can pay via paypal or using a debit card.

Please select "Sending to a friend or to family" and NOT "Paying for an item or service", since I am not offering any item or service for this donation. When "Paying for an item or service", Paypal will deduct a charge.

If you don't put an amount to donate I'll assume it's for 10.

DO NOT USE A CREDIT CARD - I don't want people borrowing to donate.

THOSE WHO DONATED OVER CHRISTMAS SHOULD NOT DONATE AGAIN.