I have very exiting news for all of you - I'm finally offering bitcoin donations!
By donating you can help this website get rid from it's advertisements (read how to do that below).
Ever since this project began people have been wanting to help by donating to keep the server online or just to buy me a beer as a token of appreciation for keeping this project running day and night for over an year now.
Well now you can do it! The official Archived.Moe Bitcoin donation address is15zTEJnSFet5tSwu6FZefnpqX3hHZw1Gax
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And here is the Questions and Answers stage:Q: What is this "BitCoin"?A:
In short, it's a crypto-currency - it works just as any other currency, but instead of being in paper, it's primary virtual and thus it's not connected to any bank or country.
You can find everything you need to know about bitcoins at https://bitcoin.org/en/faqQ: Why bitcoins and not a more convenient way such as paypal/payza/moneygram/etc.A:
Paypal/PayZa/etc. has an option to charge-back money, so trolls can use this to abuse the system or even get an account suspended. This has happen to a lot of streamers and private projects. Wire transfers, checks and such are slow and have huge transfer fees and most require a lot of personal information for both the sender and the recipient, while BTC is anonymous - neither the sender or the recipient will know their names, living addresses, etc.Q: What do I need to do to donate?A:
: You need to get a wallet (I recommend Electrum so you don't have to download the entire bitcoin blockchains data), then you need to purchase Bitcoins with actual cash (there are numerous ways to do it, check google) and then you need to send the money to the above written address aaand it's done!Q: What will I gain from donating?A:
First of all a warm and fuzzy feeling deep down inside of you that you are helping to keep one of the largest 4chan archives online.
Second, you will help get rid of the advertisements on this website for everyone
. This is how it goes:
- If I receive above 100USD in a 30 days timespan I'll remove for the next 30 days the annoying ((BlockAdBlock)) script, so people with AdBlock can now again browse the website without any interference.
- If I receive above 300USD in 30 days timespan I'll remove for the next 30 days the BlockAdBlock script and ALL sliding AND pop-up/tab-up/tab-under. kind of ads (excluding the banner ads).
- If I receive above 400USD in 30 days timespan I'll remove for the next 30 days the BlockAdBlock script and ALL advertisements on this site (popups, banners, sliders - everything !).
- If I receive above 600USD in 30days timespan I'll remove for the next 30 days the BlockAdBlock script, all ads and rent for 30 days a second dedicated server to enable search on ALL boards (yes, that includes the incredibly huge boards as /a/, /vg/, etc.)
Note: The requested milestone amounts do not need to be in a single donation or from a single person, it's not a ransom or something like that - it's a way for everyone from this community to join in and help the admin run this project and ensure it's future, so it won't die out like archive.moe and many others did.Q: What will the money be spend on?A:
All of the donations received will go towards paying the hosting plan which is currently about 250USD each month, including the cost for domain name and the second backup server. Additionally there are sometimes extra costs like CloudFlair's plan for better DDoS protection, which costs 200USD/month. When I rent a new server or there is an issue with a current one, there are also fees (buying this one had a one time fee of about 80USD).
If enough funds are present, as mentioned above, I'll be able to afford another server with enough RAM (about 256GB should be enough) to have search enabled on all boards.
I also occasionally assist other archives when they are in need. If the donations are a lot I'll be able to also help the other archives such as DesuArchive, 4pleb, Nyafuu, Warosu, etc. to buy better hardware.Q: Is the above address and the donated money only for Archived.moe? What about the other archives?A:
Yes, the above address is strictly and only for Archived.moe. The other archives that I operate will have their own BTC address. If the donations are enough to cover everything I'll be supporting the other major archives financially.Q: The requested amounts seem a bit high. Why is that?A:
In short: life is expensive. As an adult you need to actually go out and work for your money. Initially this project began as a for-profit project, but after an year running I've now realized that 4chan archives are neither that popular nor actually profitable, contrary to popular beliefs, even with a lot of advertisements I'm still barely making enough to pay the server bills. The owners of 4chan have also expressed the same concerns, that ad revenue is not enough. Hiro numerously said that even with the 4Chan passes the revenue is dangerously low for them.
I really really hate any kind of ads, trust me, but hosting is expensive and being europoor I can't afford to pay it out of my pocket (the hosting bill is actually more than the minimum wage in my country). I do love the project and I want to keep it running as long as I'm alive, thus the only other option was to add advertisements. I want to stop having ads on this website, thus if people donate enough to ensure the project's future I'll remove them.
Additionally, I had a so to say, a change of heart. The community which visits these archives is unlike any other and I love it very much. I now care a lot more about the community and their enjoyment (I'm looking at you /rp/) than the potential revenue, otherwise I could have placed 50 popups and 20 sliding ads.Q: If I donate X amount can I have something special?A:
Sure, as long as I'm able to fulfill your request (as in asking me to remove or alter a legit post - that won't happen). If its something like your name being added to a list of top donators or such - sure. Email me with your BTC wallet address and the amount you donated to prove it was you and I'll do my best to fulfill your wishes.Q: I have additional questions that were not answered here.A:
You can either make your own thread, contact me via email, PM me on IRC or ask in the main support thread - https://archived.moe/talk/thread/14/Q:
Where can I store my bitcoins?A:
A website that offers free bitcoin wallet, fully online and on their cloud is https://strongcoin.com/?ref=1JYgtLZ3f8S551aFPR8PdqZUDQ5tEfEKrD
This way you don't need to install anything on your machine and you can always reach your wallet (see it as bank account) since it's a website and thus reachable 24/7.