| by Flemming Funch|
One of the main sites on my server is the New Civilization Network. NCN is a community site that has existed since 1995. The site itself is sorely in need of a modernisation, and the group dynamics amongst members doesn't always work great. But, nevertheless, in the longterm view, this has been a very important site, and something still works, the site still has a reason to be, and it serves as home for quite a number of people.
In principle I'm very happy to support the existence of a network like that in terms of server space, and not just because I created it. But I sometimes forget that there are costs involved in running a server, and I tend to not get around to asking for contributions, even when they are needed, and when people wouldn't mind giving them.
So, this is basically a reminder that donations for server costs are very welcome. For NCN members, there's a link on the start page in the member area. For others, PayPal donations to ffunch -at- worldtrans.org are always welcome.
Server costs for this one server are around $100 per month. There are other non-profit activities on the same server. There isn't really much else. You'll find sites such as the International Society for the Systems Sciences, Art of Living, Spirit Rising, OneWorld Flag, We need a dream, Inside Universe, and others. Some of them pay me occasionally for providing server space, but it is basically a gift economy. Meaning, I don't really ask for anything, but I welcome donations.
As to NCN, it doesn't really have an enormous amount of traffic. But I think a lot of people would be unhappy if it wasn't there. Including, of course, the couple of hundred people who have blogs here, but also other members, and many visitors. So, feel free to contribute something, if you feel like it, and you're able to. A few people do on a regular basic, but very few, like less than 5.
And, again, I hate asking for donations, and I probably wouldn't do so if a few people hadn't poked at me a little bit.