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.
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?
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!
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?
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...