Okay, as recently promised
, we have launched a
pilot support campaign for Blue's News after many of you raised the topic when
we were once again dropped by Amazon's affiliate
. This page
has all the details on what this is all about, much of which is covered by the
rest of this post as well. It explains our mission for this: "Your support will
allow us to remain completely independent from the influence of game companies,
media conglomerates, advertisers, and sponsored content."
Funds are being collected through PayPal and Patreon, and they work the same
way, though if it affects your choice, it looks like PayPal takes less of a cut.
You can sign up as a recurring supporter for USD$3, USD$5, or USD$8/month. This
will entitle you to a forum badge designating you a bronze, silver, or gold
supporter, respectively. You will also have the option of hiding your level of
support or hiding your support altogether. Our informal poll revealed a general
sentiment that readers are looking for a way to support the site on an ongoing
basis without other tiered rewards, so that's how this is being handled for now.
Also, while many of you use ad blockers already (one of the reasons this is
necessary), we will add optional ad-blocking for contributors as quickly as
possible. Those of you willing to sign on before that feature goes live will
receive an extra designation as "founding" supporters. Update:
aware that forum badge assignment is a manual process. I handle these as quickly
as possible, but under some circumstances there may be a delay.
You can also make one-time contributions through a separate PayPal link. You can
also use Patreon to do this by pledging however much you want and cancelling
your support after that goes through. Here's a note about that: Patreon requires
a permanent decision up front of whether or not patrons get charged right away
upon pledging. But recurring charges always come on the first of the month. So
even though there are only a few days left until March, since this option cannot
be changed, we have chosen to allow them to collect this upfront payment to
allow for one-time pledges going forward. But everyone will still get a full 30
days membership for each monthly pledge regardless of their start date. So
pledging today and getting charged on March 1st covers you until April 24th.
Those who make one-time payments will still get a supporter badge for the length
of time appropriate to the amount they pledge.
Feel free to ask questions or leave comments about this in the forums or by
email, and sincere thanks to all of you who have expressed a desire to directly
support the site in this manner.
Katherine G. Johnson, the Groundbreaking NASA Mathematician Featured in Hidden
Figures, Has Died at 101