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posted by martyb on Thursday December 30 2021, @12:08AM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the We're-getting-there!!! dept.

You guys are GREAT!

Previously:
In our last Fundraising Update we had raised $1,808.21 (net) towards our goal of $3,500.00 for the 2nd half of the year. (And five days earlier we stood at just $1,510.49).

Currently:
And where are we now? Hold onto your seat...

mysql>  SELECT SUM(payment_gross) AS Gross, SUM(payment_net) AS Net, ts, max(spid) AS SPID FROM subscribe_payments WHERE ts >= '2021-07-01' ;
+---------+---------+---------------------+------+
| Gross   | Net     | ts                  | SPID |
+---------+---------+---------------------+------+
| 2435.06 | 2307.23 | 2021-07-01 02:15:00 | 1727 |
+---------+---------+---------------------+------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

mysql>

In that time, we had 4x $50.00 subscriptions and a $100.00 subscription (flagged by an "*" below):

mysql> SELECT ts, payment_gross, payment_net, method, submethod, payment_type FROM subscribe_payments WHERE ts > '2021-12-28 13:01:56' AND payment_gross > 0 ORDER BY ts ;
+---------------------+---------------+-------------+--------+-----------+--------------+
| ts                  | payment_gross | payment_net | method | submethod | payment_type |
+---------------------+---------------+-------------+--------+-----------+--------------+
| 2021-12-28 22:28:09 |         *50.00 |       47.76 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-28 22:48:32 |         20.00 |       18.81 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-28 23:33:57 |         *50.00 |       47.76 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-29 00:54:44 |         20.00 |       18.81 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-29 02:47:41 |         *50.00 |       47.01 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-29 03:08:48 |         20.00 |       18.51 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-29 04:50:49 |        *100.00 |       96.02 | paypal | NULL      | gift         |
| 2021-12-29 07:01:43 |         20.00 |       18.51 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-29 10:58:54 |         10.00 |        9.16 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-29 12:46:04 |         25.00 |       23.26 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-29 13:32:12 |         20.00 |       19.12 | stripe | CC        | user         |
| 2021-12-29 13:37:36 |         *50.00 |       48.25 | stripe | CC        | user         |
| 2021-12-29 14:16:35 |         20.00 |       18.81 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-29 14:24:29 |         40.00 |       37.51 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-29 21:11:32 |         12.00 |       10.91 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-29 22:06:03 |         20.00 |       18.81 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
+---------------------+---------------+-------------+--------+-----------+--------------+
16 rows in set (0.00 sec)

mysql>

Yes, the larger subscriptions are attention-getting, but $220.00 of that $527.00 came from subscriptions of $20.00 or less.

Remaining:
Since I started writing this, we received two more $20.00 subscriptions! All told, we need just $1,173.96 to make our goal and only 2 days to go. Can we do it? We Can Do This... Please Subscribe!

Ahem. Got carried away there. But seriously, every bit makes a difference; please help.
--martyb

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Site Update: Happy Holidays, COVID-19, Fundraising, Staff Activities, Linode, and Folding@home 33 comments

Happy Holidays!
On behalf of the SoylentNews staff, we wish you safe and happy celebrations in the coming holiday season! 😀

I am also encouraging the editorial staff to post stories on a weekend/holiday schedule for Friday through Sunday (2021-12-24 UTC through 2021-12-26 UTC). Enjoy your well-deserved break!

COVID-19:
Let's face it, COVID-19 sucks. We've had to deal with lock-downs, masks, "Long Covid", and sadly the deaths and serious illness in our friends and loved ones. Did I say it sucks? To all who have suffered and struggled, please accept my genuine and heartfelt wishes for acceptance and peace. We can do our own part to mitigate the spread of this deadly disease. How deadly? Well over 800,000 people have died in the US so far, and 5.3 million have died worldwide.

Through all this we have tried to be a site where the community can come together to discuss things happening in the world today. We aim for a technical focus, but occasionally delve into other current events, too. A "known quantity" where we can have open, heart-felt discussions, all with a sense of humor strongly encouraged!

Fundraising:
We currently stand at $1510.49 (i.e. 43.2%) compared to our base fundraising goal of $3500.00 (for the 6-month period of 2021-07-01 to 2021-12-31).

We have 154 current subscribers. (WOW!) Thank You!

On 2021-12-16 we received a generous $100.00 subscription in memory of MichaelDavidCrawford (I still miss him and his positive attitude in the face of adversity!) That subscription was a great help; thank you! The large subscriptions are impressive, yes, but it's important to note we also received 12 other subscriptions so far this month that totaled $186.00. (These figures are gross amounts; they netted us $269.47 after processing fees.)

Want to help?
Click on our subscribe link and answer a few simple questions. (NB: we DO NOT directly handle the transaction; you may need to enable JavaScript for PayPal or Stripe). That's all there is to it. If you have any questions or problems, please reach out to admin (at) soylentnews.org (preferred) or IRC.

Fundraising Update -- Thank You! 53 comments

I hope this reaches you after a safe and healthy holiday!

Where We're At:
In our last fundraising update on 2021-21-20 we stood at $1510.49 towards our goal of $3,500.00 for the second half of the year. I am happy to report that we have since collected additional net subscriptions totaling $279.72. Thank You! You Rock!

mysql> SELECT SUM(payment_gross) AS Gross, SUM(payment_net) AS Net, ts, max(spid) AS SPID FROM subscribe_payments WHERE ts >= '2021-07-01' ;
+---------+---------+---------------------+------+
| Gross   | Net     | ts                  | SPID |
+---------+---------+---------------------+------+
| 1908.06 | 1808.21 | 2021-07-01 00:41:45 | 1711 |
+---------+---------+---------------------+------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

mysql>

There were a total of 81 (YAY!) subscriptions purchased in the second half of this year (click to see):

mysql> SELECT ts, payment_gross, payment_net, method, submethod, payment_type FROM subscribe_payments WHERE ts >= '2021-07-01' AND payment_gross > 0 ORDER BY ts ;
+---------------------+---------------+-------------+--------+-----------+--------------+
| ts                  | payment_gross | payment_net | method | submethod | payment_type |
+---------------------+---------------+-------------+--------+-----------+--------------+
| 2021-07-01 00:41:45 |         20.00 |       19.12 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-07-01 02:15:00 |         20.00 |       18.82 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-07-01 02:20:50 |         20.00 |       19.12 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-07-01 02:34:13 |         20.00 |       18.82 | paypal | NULL      | gift         |
| 2021-07-01 03:26:34 |         20.00 |       18.82 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-07-01 14:19:33 |         20.00 |       19.12 | stripe | CC        | user         |
| 2021-07-01 16:35:50 |         22.34 |       21.39 | stripe | CC        | user         |
| 2021-07-01 18:36:56 |         20.00 |       19.12 | stripe | CC        | user         |
| 2021-07-02 10:49:17 |         20.00 |       19.12 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-07-02 14:43:16 |         20.00 |       19.12 | paypal | NULL      | gift         |
| 2021-07-02 21:06:24 |         20.00 |       19.12 | stripe | CC        | user         |
| 2021-07-05 21:59:27 |         40.00 |       37.94 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-07-05 22:07:16 |        400.00 |      388.10 | stripe | CC        | user         |
| 2021-07-06 14:07:24 |          5.00 |        4.55 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-07-18 14:27:40 |          5.00 |        4.55 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-07-19 15:13:31 |         20.00 |       19.12 | stripe | CC        | user         |
| 2021-07-22 12:14:55 |          4.00 |        3.52 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-07-25 07:14:27 |         20.00 |       19.12 | stripe | CC        | user         |
| 2021-07-29 11:57:17 |         10.00 |        9.41 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-08-06 12:30:41 |          5.00 |        4.34 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-08-13 10:28:11 |         20.00 |       18.51 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-08-18 11:54:17 |          5.00 |        4.34 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-08-22 12:11:44 |          4.00 |        3.31 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-08-29 13:03:40 |         10.00 |        9.16 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-09-03 12:33:49 |         20.00 |       18.81 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-09-06 10:20:14 |         20.00 |       18.81 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-09-06 13:35:17 |          5.00 |        4.34 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-09-10 18:30:22 |         20.00 |       18.81 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-09-11 23:56:46 |         20.00 |       19.12 | stripe | CC        | gift         |
| 2021-09-18 10:37:19 |          5.00 |        4.34 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-09-22 10:12:38 |          4.00 |        3.31 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-09-29 14:37:56 |         10.00 |        9.16 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-10-05 00:31:51 |         20.00 |       19.12 | stripe | CC        | user         |
| 2021-10-06 10:58:25 |          5.00 |        4.34 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-10-14 11:33:56 |         30.00 |       28.46 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-10-16 09:38:51 |         13.72 |       13.02 | stripe | CC        | user         |
| 2021-10-18 11:21:58 |          5.00 |        4.34 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-10-21 13:29:39 |         20.00 |       18.81 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-10-22 12:00:55 |          4.00 |        3.31 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-10-24 19:27:39 |         20.00 |       18.81 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-10-26 19:43:45 |         40.00 |       38.11 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-10-29 12:01:11 |         10.00 |        9.16 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-10-30 18:22:11 |         50.00 |       47.01 | paypal | NULL      | gift         |
| 2021-11-06 12:28:43 |          5.00 |        4.34 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-11-08 15:02:34 |         20.00 |       18.81 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-11-09 19:14:31 |         20.00 |       18.51 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-11-10 06:40:55 |         50.00 |       47.76 | paypal | NULL      | gift         |
| 2021-11-10 11:47:46 |         20.00 |       18.81 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-11-12 03:08:14 |         30.00 |       28.46 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-11-17 01:01:32 |         12.00 |       11.35 | stripe | CC        | user         |
| 2021-11-18 12:22:21 |          5.00 |        4.34 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-11-21 14:54:31 |         20.00 |       18.81 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-11-22 12:28:08 |          4.00 |        3.31 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-11-27 18:53:45 |         20.00 |       18.51 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-11-29 10:45:50 |         10.00 |        9.16 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-03 15:58:30 |         20.00 |       19.12 | stripe | CC        | gift         |
| 2021-12-04 02:20:36 |         20.00 |       18.51 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-06 11:29:58 |          5.00 |        4.34 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-11 04:02:13 |          4.00 |        3.31 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-11 12:38:48 |         20.00 |       18.51 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-12 11:08:54 |         20.00 |       18.81 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-13 20:52:42 |         12.00 |       11.09 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-15 09:21:39 |         20.00 |       18.51 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-15 16:00:03 |         20.00 |       18.81 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-16 10:32:40 |         20.00 |       18.51 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-16 13:42:40 |        100.00 |       96.80 | stripe | CC        | gift         |
| 2021-12-18 10:16:24 |         20.00 |       18.81 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-18 10:52:56 |          5.00 |        4.34 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-20 23:21:01 |         20.00 |       18.81 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-21 02:21:21 |         40.00 |       38.11 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-21 05:25:20 |         20.00 |       18.51 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-21 17:14:58 |         20.00 |       19.12 | stripe | CC        | user         |
| 2021-12-21 21:00:59 |         50.00 |       48.25 | stripe | CC        | user         |
| 2021-12-22 10:26:01 |         20.00 |       18.51 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-22 10:45:00 |          4.00 |        3.31 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-23 05:17:16 |         20.00 |       19.12 | stripe | CC        | user         |
| 2021-12-23 18:26:06 |         20.00 |       19.12 | stripe | CC        | gift         |
| 2021-12-23 20:05:03 |         20.00 |       19.12 | stripe | CC        | gift         |
| 2021-12-25 12:02:11 |         40.00 |       38.11 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
| 2021-12-26 01:32:21 |         20.00 |       19.12 | stripe | CC        | user         |
| 2021-12-28 13:01:56 |         20.00 |       18.51 | paypal | NULL      | user         |
+---------------------+---------------+-------------+--------+-----------+--------------+
81 rows in set (0.00 sec)

What's Next?

The sharp-eyed among you have already recognized something: that's not nearly enough:

We need to net an additional $1691.79 to reach our goal.

WE CAN DO THIS! 😃

Just click on Subscribe and follow the instructions! (Click the "*SPOILER* for more details.)

Select whether it's a subscription for yourself or a Gift to someone else. For a Gift sub you can provide your name to tell the recipient who the subscription is from or blank it out if you want to remain anonymous. Then choose a duration (30, 180, or 365 days). Important! You can accept the minimum amount offered (4.00, 12.00, or 20.00) OR type another (larger) amount into the field. Then click the "[Continue]" button.

NB: All transactions are processed remotely — SoylentNews sets up the transaction but does not actually participate directly. Also, if you have an Ad Blocker such as No Script or uBlock Origin installed, you may need to allow an exception for "soylentnews.org", "stripe.com", and "stripe.network" for the transaction to be entered and accepted.

You're on the Home Stretch! Click a button: PayPal (1) "[PayPal Buy Now], (2) "[PayPal Subscribe]", or (3) "[Pay with Card or BitCoin]" (Actually only "Card" is accepted at this time).

You are then taken to a form on their payment processor's site where you provide the payment information and confirm the transaction.

That's it! The payment processor then informs SoylentNews of the transaction amount and their processing fee.

Should you have a question or problem, please feel free to reach out for help on IRC (Internet Relay Chat) and/or leave a message here in the comments.

These funds pay for hosting our servers, incorporation fees, taxes, and a CPA. All income goes to paying for the site. Period. Staff is all-volunteer. Nobody here has ever been paid anything for working on SoylentNews!

--martyb

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  • (Score: 4, Funny) by DavePolaschek on Thursday December 30 2021, @01:54AM

    by DavePolaschek (6129) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 30 2021, @01:54AM (#1208596) Homepage Journal

    One of the $50 subscriptions was at 13:37, too. Maybe it’s just me, but I always have a little frisson of geekiness when I notice that time on the clock…

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by coolgopher on Thursday December 30 2021, @02:42AM (3 children)

    by coolgopher (1157) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 30 2021, @02:42AM (#1208601)

    I'm a bit late to the party here, but for the next round might it be an idea to provide a list of uids without subscription but with overwhelmingly positive karma, so that one can gift subscriptions to those who have contributed positively? Or even anonymously so, "just" another selection on the subscription page for "give subscription to random contributing user" sort of thing?

    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 30 2021, @03:06AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 30 2021, @03:06AM (#1208603)

      Karma maxes out at 50. It's easy enough to trigger some snowflake and get a troll/flamebait/offtopic or two, but you have to be a complete arsehole to have less than 48 after you've been posting for a while.

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 30 2021, @03:13AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 30 2021, @03:13AM (#1208605)

      Just pick a post you like that has a username with no subscription badge (gold star) showing, and make their day. They will get an email about it.

      • (Score: 2) by nostyle on Thursday December 30 2021, @02:57PM

        by nostyle (11497) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 30 2021, @02:57PM (#1208697) Journal

        Better still, find someone you hate and gift them a subscription. Make them utterly conflicted.

        --
        “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” – Sun Tzu

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by bzipitidoo on Thursday December 30 2021, @04:09AM (8 children)

    by bzipitidoo (4388) on Thursday December 30 2021, @04:09AM (#1208612) Journal

    Really, what's needed is more people visiting regularly. But how? How do you attract more visitors? Advertise? Especially, why haven't more green site users become regulars here?

    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 30 2021, @11:21AM (3 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 30 2021, @11:21AM (#1208662)
      Make shirts and hoodies with just the logo. The current ones feel very billboardy, hut if they were subtler, I'd buy at least one or two a year and wear them around.
      • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 30 2021, @11:24AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 30 2021, @11:24AM (#1208663)

        https://www.zazzle.com/navy_hoodie-235655968012148915 [zazzle.com]

        For example, take the URL off this. It's unnecessary and ugly. People are going to type it into a search engine or browser search bar more likely anyway, and they're also more likely to ask about the shirt.

        I just don't think wearing full HTTP URLs is trendy anymore. And I buy clothes both to support things and to wear.

        • (Score: 3, Informative) by pkrasimirov on Thursday December 30 2021, @02:24PM

          by pkrasimirov (3358) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 30 2021, @02:24PM (#1208690)

          There is the edit button and you can crop out the text. But I agree https://... is too much for my laundry and it should be readily available as an item.

      • (Score: 2) by bzipitidoo on Friday December 31 2021, @03:40AM

        by bzipitidoo (4388) on Friday December 31 2021, @03:40AM (#1208903) Journal

        Nice thought, but swag seems more for fund raising off the probably very small percentage that the vendor passes on.

        I still have my 10th anniversary green site t-shirts that I wear occasionally. I really ought to buy a SoylentNews shirt.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 30 2021, @01:49PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 30 2021, @01:49PM (#1208681)

      ...How do you attract more visitors?...

      More Kardashian news?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 30 2021, @02:11PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 30 2021, @02:11PM (#1208687)

      Less British editors would help to differentiate from green site.

      • (Score: 1) by pTamok on Thursday December 30 2021, @07:21PM (1 child)

        by pTamok (3042) on Thursday December 30 2021, @07:21PM (#1208760)

        Less Fewer British editors would help to differentiate [this site] from green site.

        Is the green site overridden with Brits imposing their cultural hegemony? I would have thought that you would welcome free speech in all forms, including correct English, and not the degenerate form used in the former North American colonies.

        But I'm not disagreeing completely with you, old fruit: more editors of any stripe would be welcome and useful. What-ho!

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 31 2021, @09:06AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 31 2021, @09:06AM (#1208954)
          I do the community a service by not volunteering to edit. I don't need extra power to corrupt my shitposting.
  • (Score: -1, Troll) by aristarchus on Thursday December 30 2021, @06:04AM (5 children)

    by aristarchus (2645) on Thursday December 30 2021, @06:04AM (#1208624) Journal

    I used to enjoy a gift subscription from a noble and low ID Soylentil. I cannot subscribe myself, since money is a direct trace back to my actual identity. Since my benefactor has ceased, I have a sense that perhaps the value of SN has diminished? Only a surmise on my part. So I hope that the discussions here can repudiate the alt, and traditional, right wing bias that seems to have taken over SoylentNews, only in part because of the conservative bias of tech nerds, who tend to be egoistic, and incellish, and lacking in social skills.

    • (Score: 2, Informative) by shrewdsheep on Thursday December 30 2021, @10:01AM (1 child)

      by shrewdsheep (5215) on Thursday December 30 2021, @10:01AM (#1208648)

      I cannot subscribe myself, since money is a direct trace back to my actual identity.

      Consider to open another account and subscribe for that. If, on principle, no traces must be left, what is your proposal to make a site like SN viable?
       

      • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 30 2021, @02:05PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 30 2021, @02:05PM (#1208685)
        So why doesn't SN accept hreenbacks in the mail? There's at least one editor I'd trust over a payment platform.
    • (Score: 3, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 30 2021, @11:02AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 30 2021, @11:02AM (#1208659)

      Or give yourself a gift sub? (from that other login)

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by bzipitidoo on Friday December 31 2021, @03:49AM (1 child)

      by bzipitidoo (4388) on Friday December 31 2021, @03:49AM (#1208906) Journal

      Conservative bias?? A few conservatives, yes. They don't strike me as far right fascists, screaming that Trump won the 2020 election.

      As to staying anonymous, it's somewhat of a bother, but you can pay cash for a preloaded credit card, and use that to buy stuff online with reasonable anonymity. I've done that before, but it's been a while, so I don't recall whether I used a fake name, or no name was needed. Think it was the latter.

      • (Score: 4, Funny) by aristarchus on Friday December 31 2021, @04:04AM

        by aristarchus (2645) on Friday December 31 2021, @04:04AM (#1208914) Journal

        Thanks for the advice! Getting a burner card, and a burner phone to go with, just to subscribe to SN, is a bit too much bother. I like to think my contribution is in aristarchus submissions, and adding a bit of intellectual panache to the place.

  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 30 2021, @06:05AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 30 2021, @06:05AM (#1208625)

    [blink]Pledge now![/blink]

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