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Often people think about why should I donate to a website when I reap the benefits of a community for free? Why should I spend a dollar or so when it looks like the website has advertiser's and covers the cost?

Unfortunately this is not always the case. Yes Advertiser's do assist in covering things such as the hosting, however there are always additional costs behind the scenes in particular to do with costs such as the following:

  • Additional Bandwidth Costs
  • Maintenance charges on the software and addons for support and version upgrades.
  • Costs to upgrade the software / forum.
  • Consultant costs when things go wrong - (Prime example is the recent upgrade that caused things such as the classifieds to fail and for many members to get upset).
  • Tuning and maintenance costs in order to keep the site running at its peak all the time.
  • Costs for new and updated software
  • Costs for server upgrades both hardware and software / security (to prevent hacking like we had earlier last year)
  • Cost for support
  • Graphic design costs when implementing changes & many more not listed.

 

Donating is simple. All you need to do is visit - Make a Donation and follow the prompts.

Making a Donation really does help and we are grateful for every cent that comes in.

Some recent donations have gone towards the following:

  • Consultants fees for repairing the classifieds system.
  • Upgrade costs for applications to work with the latest version of Invision Board including Donation Tracker, Advertising System, Classifieds etc.
  • Tutorials modifications (to be installed shortly)
  • Graphic Design work and start page creation - http://www.fordxr6turbo.com
  • Consultants charges for installing modifications and repairing list of items not working since upgrade.
  • Upgrade costs for Contact System
  • Upgrade Costs for Cometchat (IM Bar at the bottom of the screen)

 

If you enjoy visiting Ford XR6 Turbo.com, all donations made are greatly appreciated and will be put to good use maintaining and building a better community for you!

Remember any donation made is always appreciated, any amount will help Ford XR6 Turbo.com continue to provide the best possible experience for you.

Our dedication to improving the site for all and our ambition to make this the number one site on the internet dedicated completely to the XR6 Turbo is what drives us forward.

 

Donating Member Benefits

We have broken down the Donating Member Access into certain levels. These consist of:

 

Standard Donating Member - Minimum Donation $20.

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- ^^ A distinct Donating Member Tag which is displayed on your posts on the forum.

- A Larger Avatar - Your member avatar will have a maximum size of 120 x 120 pixels & 200kB (the default size is 90 x 90 pixels & 100kb)

- Access to the Donating Members Forum - (There's some great content in there. The donation is worth it just to read some of this content)

- Your Member ID will change to Blue throughout the forum, and is visible by all members. (instead of the default Black)

- Your Personal message inbox size is increased to 250 messages. (normal users have 10)

- Your attachment storage limit is increased to 30MB (normal users have 5Mb)

- You have no limits on the frequency of searching on the forum

- Ability to create your own Photo Gallery within the Gallery System with a 20 picture limit

- You can put links in your signature.

 

Bronze Donating Member - Minimum Cumulative Donations of $50.

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- ^^ A distinct Bronze Donating Member Tag which is displayed on your posts on the forum.

- A Larger Avatar - Your member avatar will have a maximum size of 140 x 140 pixels & 200kb.

- Access to the Donating Members Forum

- Your Member ID will change to Bronze throughout the forum, and is visible by all members.

- Your Personal message inbox size is increased to 350 messages.

- Your attachment storage limit is increased to 40MB.

- You have no limits on the frequency of searching on the forum

- You have no limits on posting frequency within the forum.

- Ability to create your own Photo Gallery within the Gallery System with a 35 picture limit.

- You can put links in your signature.

- Ability to Add your vehicle to the Garage System including photos and any modifications.

 

Silver Donating Member - Minimum Cumulative Donations of $100.

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- ^^ A distinct Silver Donating Member Tag which is displayed on your posts on the forum.

- A Larger Avatar - Your member avatar will have a maximum size of 160 x 160 pixels & 200kb.

- Access to the Donating Members Forum - (There's some great content in there. The donation is worth it just to read some of this content)

- Your Member ID will change to Silver throughout the forum, and is visible by all members.

- Your Personal message inbox size is increased to 450 messages.

- Your attachment storage limit is increased to 50MB.

- You have no limits on the frequency of searching on the forum

- You have no limits on posting frequency within the forum.

- You have a 20min edit post timeout (default is 10min)

- Ability to create your own Photo Gallery within the Gallery System with a 50 picture limit.

- You can put links in your signature

- Ability to Add your vehicle to the Garage System including photos and any modifications

- Ability to Create your own Blog and give members a detailed running build of your vehicle or whatever you feel like!

 

Gold Donating Member - Minimum Cumulative Donations of $200.

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- ^^ A distinct Gold Donating Member Tag which is displayed on your posts on the forum.

- A Larger Avatar - Your member avatar will have a maximum size of 176 x 176 pixels & 200kb. (maximum - as large as Admin/Dev/Moderator sizes)

- Access to the Donating Members Forum - (There's some great content in there. The donation is worth it just to read some of this content)

- Your Member ID will change to Gold throughout the forum, and is visible by all members.

- Your Personal message inbox size is increased to unlimited messages.

- Your attachment storage limit is increased to 100MB.

- You have no limits on the frequency of searching on the forum

- You have no limits on posting frequency within the forum.

- You have a 1hr edit post timeout.

- Ability to create your own Photo Gallery within the Gallery System with a 100 picture limit.

- You can put links in your signature

- Ability to Add your vehicle to the Garage System including photos and any modifications

- Ability to Create your own Blog and give members a detailed running build of your vehicle or whatever you feel like!

 

How to Donate?

If you would like to donate to Ford XR6 Turbo.com, just follow these simple steps.

1.) Go to the main Donate page located here

2.) Next select or enter the amount you wish to donate, remember if you are entering an amount, follow the standard 2 decimal place system. For Example: If you want to donate $20 dollars, then enter 20.00

3.) Select in the dropdown whether you would like to use Paypal (with a Credit Card or if you have a Paypal account) or if you would like to do a Bank Transfer (Offline Payment).

4.) You'll now see a new page, depending on the board administrator you may have the option to make your name and/or amount anonymous, if you do see check boxes for both of these and would like you your name and/or amount anonymous, then check the appropriate box.

5.) When you are ready to proceed, simply click the Proceed to Payment button.

6.) You'll now be redirected to the payment process. A payment process is a secure 3rd party to handle all transactions between you and Ford XR6 Turbo.com. It is one of the most secure methods of transferring money on the internet.

If you select the Offline Payment Option please use the bank account details below:

Account Name: FordXR6Turbocom

BSB: 062004

Account Number: 1018 1306

Bank: Commonwealth Bank of Australia

We also request that in the description of the transfer you put the following DONATION-USERNAME with USERNAME being your site username for indentification purposes.

We thankyou in advance for your genorosity and for being a part of FordXR6Turbo.com

Edited by k31th
edited to show changes as at 13/05/2016
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Thanks guys for those who have donated the last few days. We totally appreciate it.

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Yeh but f*ck me its not like there asking for 1000 s of dollars, its money well spent for all the info and detailed descriptions. Id would have been lost with out it. Dont be tight f*ckers lol

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I dont mind donating its all good, the tight asses that are on this forum sinse 06 and still havent donated gives me the shiiits, make them donate or GTFO lol. what about organising cheaper car insurrance for donating members. that will make money. I heard some other forum does this (calais turbo) but im not 100% shore.

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I dont mind donating its all good, the tight asses that are on this forum sinse 06 and still havent donated gives me the shiiits, make them donate or GTFO lol. what about organising cheaper car insurrance for donating members. that will make money. I heard some other forum does this (calais turbo) but im not 100% shore.

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I dont mind donating its all good, the tight asses that are on this forum sinse 06 and still havent donated gives me the shiiits, make them donate or GTFO lol. what about organising cheaper car insurrance for donating members. that will make money. I heard some other forum does this (calais turbo) but im not 100% shore.

That sounds like a great idea. I know some of our sponsors are giving discounts of 10% for donating members, but the insurance thing is something we can look further into. Sounds good.

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Looking at our stats we have the following:

677 Donating Members

42 Gold Donating Members

35 Platinum Donating Members

and 1 Titanium Donating Member.

We have roughly 18,000 standard members.

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I wasn't aware DM's got 10% discounts off some sponsors, that's huge. Maybe that needs to be put out there a bit more?

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Looking at our stats we have the following:

677 Donating Members

42 Gold Donating Members

35 Platinum Donating Members

and 1 Titanium Donating Member.

We have roughly 18,000 standard members.

Wow I honestly thought there would be far more donating members, I for one didn't take long to realise the wealth of information provided here, I joined up back in 09 because I was thinking of getting an XR6T however didn't so hadn't really come back but in the last few weeks now that I know I'm set on a G6ET I have no issues dropping a few bucks to keep the forums ticking along :)

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Looking at our stats we have the following:

677 Donating Members

42 Gold Donating Members

35 Platinum Donating Members

and 1 Titanium Donating Member.

We have roughly 18,000 standard members.

wow only about 750 true members LOL :stirthepot:

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assuming 18000 members ( not all are active despite a clean out) this equates to ~ a 4% conversion in DMs.

This does not include the many 100s of "guests" that visit this site each and every week to soak up the combined knowledge provided for over 8 years for the Xr6T and it's derivatives.

The first, original and best resource for the Ford XR6T.

Just to speculate it would be interesting to plot members/guests savings V donations ?

If people have questions , in the majority the answer is on here somewhere or will usually be answered.

Whether it's car issues, what components to buy, cruises, fellowship etc etc , this is pretty much

a single engine site and boasts a pretty damned good traffic flow considering.Wasn't that long ago a

12s pass was legendry. We have come a long way and it is all here!

I will stick with it is not a site but a community, and the fact I have met what will be life long mates

( not friends)because of this joint. My 40th birthday was a good example

A lot of people have spent lots of money, sponsors and customers alike to keep everyone up to date

with the latest info , new products and services.

If you own a T where do you go ?

If I sound like I'm rattling the tin, I am . Every bit helps!Not saying you have to but , should you ?

I am a member on quite a few sites and I have to say this is one of if not the best

in its class.As a business professional I don't make ambit claims.

tab will be knocking on your door or standing over you naked as you lie sleeping if you don't cough up.

LOL

Jewels

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too right buf. if it wasnt for this site I dont think too many t owners would have the weapons they have now.... me included.

with the (relatively) handfull of realy clued up guys who know alot about working with these beasts, take the the site away, and you take the access to their combined knowledge away, and you are left with 'my mate said do this and this....", and alot of blown boat anchors in peoples driveways..... :surrenderwave:

come on guys, throw in 20 bucks now and then. its easy to forget, so now is a good time to do it while its fresh in everyones minds.

of course, its probably only donating members reading this thread though..... :sleepystuff:

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Why don't you block guests from the forum???

Yeah... I can't believe the amount of guys who come on here and rob the place for advice but won't pay a cent... Cheap *beep*...

There's also those guys who rob tuners for hours of knowledge then walk away when the find somewhere "cheaper" to do the right... Can cost them in the long run though...

Then there's the awesome blokes like SPIRO who do the development and the donations!!!

Can you make donations tax deductible? Become a not for profit org?

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To go not for profit requires a huge amount of compliance and is not worth it.

It is the same hassel going to being a "car club".

We cannot stop guests as they convert into members who then hopefully convert into donating members.

I personally woud like to restrict access more to the technical areas for DM's only, but then it can also backfire by people going to other sites that do not have this restriction.

It is a difficult balance of costs vs donations and it is a fine line. None of the Mods or Owners get anything financial from this site, we do it for the love of it and hope that our members help in supporting the financial side of running this site.

I doubt many people have been made rich from a car forum, but I am sure many have gone broke.

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18,000 members and only 800 donating members is very dissapointing, its making me upset just reading this. without this site I would not have met Mick from pitlane, who has been good to me and jd customs for fitting my custome garrett cooler, alex- plazmaman who supplied me the 800 hp intercooler kit one of the first kits that came out. (my first upgrade back in 06). list goes on etc.

come on guys its only 20 bux minimum to donate, n your helping this forum stay online for another yr! Icers idea could help, running the forum. but doesn't change the fact we still need more members donating, more members donating can try organize cheaper car insurance which I mentioned earlier ( will definitely getting more people to donate) and maybe we can organize more events, hire out a racetrack (sandown, once a yr) to use.

or make a petition to open sandown fridays from 5pm to 10pm once a month. it will definitely keep hoon off the street and help the community and the car scene. will cost heaps but that's long way away if it happends.

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