|Perl: the Markov chain saw|
PerlMonks runs on one of the Blockstackers servers, and costs a few hundred dollars a month to keep bandwidth flowing. For the immediate future, we're willing to eat the cost to keep it running. Obviously, this won't be the case forever, but right now we have another site which eats up a lot more bandwidth, and PM gets to ride along.
We have discussed various options for setting up an "offering plate" or some form of user-support. So far, the plan that was best recieved was the "Watch Vroom dancing for Dollars" webcam. Maybe pretty soon we'll be doing bake sales...
However, if financial support for the site is going to be primarily user contributions -- it would make sense to have it maintained by a non-profit organization, and giving people (mostly us at this point) tax-deductions for their dear departed loot. The yang to that yin is that we couldn't take it back into the company, even if the internet ad market took a miracle cure and woke up from it's death-trance. We're not holding our breath.
So we haven't made up our mind quite yet, but we get a little closer to making it every time we write a check to our co-loc. Keep your eye out for that donations box.
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