long ago, I made comments about trying to make money for the site and was booed down in the CB, but since you bring it up... =)
I think this is a huge concern to those who love this place like myself. I would certianly cough up some dough for a "pledge drive"
on perlmonks. for those with well paying jobs (as opposed to the students who make up the other large percentile of the audience) in
the IT world, lord knows it wouldn't be all that much of a burden. and, for sure, the services and utilities this place provides have contributed
to me advancing my career. it's only fair to give something back. I'd love to see paypal accepted on the site (I actually mentioned that to
vroom in NYC in person). That way even students could fork over a few bucks and Anonymous Monk could chuck 50 cents in the jar when
the monks save his ass yet again.
basically, any way I could give and any way that could become a conduit for all to give would be warrented and very positive AFAIC. I
work for a very large software firm and we charge through the nose for stuff that could be done by a script in many cases (I did once try to talk
the CEO into going freeware and becoming a support and services venue, but he thought I was nuts. Oh well, the job pays the bills.) I don't see why
people shouldn't expect to pay for something as high-quality as the value they take from perlmonks.
P.S. you should have seen vroom blush when I told some passers-by that the free stickers would be ten bucks a piece. one of them was ready to
pay it too, but the other dude in the booth (forgot who that was...) let him know they were free. that could have been put toward the site =) ...but I imagine that's not
the way people really want to get the cash...
"A man's maturity -- consists in having found again the
seriousness one had as a child, at play." --Nietzsche
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