How is ARRSE Run & Funded?



I always get frustrated by sites like ARRSE that keep adding media rich functions just because everybody else is (twitter wtf? ), .
It's because Arrse is being run more and more like a business everyday, and not like a squaddie forum.

Olivenet are thinking about the bottom line.
Interesting point because, of course, we are a business although the international conglomerate of Olive Net is really GCO (full time), me (part time) & EvilAdj (part time)!

The bottom line is definitely important to us because we like to eat, etc but we've always tried to strike an appropriate balance. The simple fact is that without ongoing work, ARRSE would never have improved as it undoubtedly has over the years.

Of course if people feel that there are things we are doing which are not appropriate then please let us know and lets have an open discussion.
Hey don't bring me into this Good Co, I am only snarling about bandwidth keeping your customer base away and unnecessary functions cluttering up your corporate image and debasing core profit centres.

Prince Albert is probably some sort of commie.


Prince Albert is probably some sort of commie.
Haha, I've never been called a Commie before. I'm not saying that Arrse is being run in a right or wrong way. It's not my train-set.

And as BCO has stated, they like to eat, and if people are working full-time on ARRSE then it needs to bring in revenue.

The only thing that I don't particularly like is the random couple of ads in the "last 50" that run along the screen between the threads.
Yes they are a bit of a pain but we've deliberately kept them as small text ads rather than banners so hopefully aren't that bad?

P.S Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the communist party?
Look at it like this: no ads = no spare money = no buying iphone apps = real squaddies on mobile devices can't use arrse easily = ARRSE limited to use by polished-bum-civvy-desk-weasels like you and me. Therefore advertising = 'real squddies forum', no advertising = desk-weasel forum. Simple!


Yes they are a bit of a pain but we've deliberately kept them as small text ads rather than banners so hopefully aren't that bad?
P.S Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the communist party?
Fair one.

Not as far as I'm aware comrade :)


If everyone gave the site commanders a contribution via paypal etc it might help keep the corporate whore from the door. You can't always tell if she's washed and she may also be a communist.
I've donated more than once thank you very much ;)
We're obviously very grateful to everyone who does donate and there is no doubt it makes a big difference. In these straightened times there are loads of ways you can help that won't cost a penny though and we've collected them all together on this page.

Perhaps the most effective one for us though is if you're doing shopping on Amazon then start on here! That way we get approx 5% of the total value of your purchase ..... at no cost to you! It also gives you the satisfaction of making a small dent in their immense profits!
Can be added as a link?
The rumour is that GCO and BCO must be car valletting to put funds into ARRSE as they both have been spotted out in brand new porsche and Mercedes lately. It is a Rumour service isnt it??
Canny move getting Prince Albert to start this thread, I've slipped a few quid in the old tin, carry on the good work.


I'm sure. Good on yer. I didnt infer that you hadn't ...nor that everyone has to...not for me to say anyway I just thought it was fair to say that regulars might drop a penny in the box here andthere...also what do you mean 'thank you very much' have you been using my money?
Well I'm not going to use my own am I??

Will use the Amazon link in future, wasn't aware of that!

The Amazon idea is excellent, as an Associate have a look at the Carousel option you can knock together... even if everyone just starts off in Amazon by pressing an Amazon link in the ARRSE Site they will help ARRSE even if they purchase something after viewing 50 pages of Amazon. I've started a couple of forums in the past, which look like a caveman drawing compared to the ARRSE Site, there is no military forum online like ARRSE/Rum Ration or E-Goat that can look, feel and work the way they do without considerable funds and time thrown at them... more of us should donate regularly, maybe a Pound or Two in the ARRSE Coffers at Christmas would be a good way of saying 'Thanks, appreciated, keep up the great work - but delete or MOD more than one of my posts and I want my donation back with interest ;)"

Good Job guys, the new 'similar threads' links at the bottom of each thread are great, been laughing like a loon at the Walting With Confidence Arrsepedia insertion, only after seeing it in a thread I had a look at in the similar threads area...

ARRSE is looking Top Notch at the moment and it is obvious there are people in the background updating the site all the time, which takes time, effort and funds...
I heard they raise additional funds by selling contact details to the CoC on request!

Well I've just taken the Bentley out for a spin pausing only to drop a list of everyone who has ever criticised the MoD into Main Building so its time to knock off for the weekend!

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this thread for your understanding.
Good one, cheers. Can the links be made sticky / permanent somewhere? I have tried the and it works in the sense that it opens the website, hope Arrse will get its share of revenues...
That is definitely a good start!

At the moment I've moved them into a new thread in the ARRSE Top Tips Forum but we'll also try to modify the 'Help ARRSE > Amazon' page to include a search tool for Germany.

Cheers for the thought & it will be interesting to see if the German one comes good!

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