This one I'm slightly less certain about, so I'm going to put it tentatively out there. Before I do, I'm going to emphasise that this one is purely optional and will never, ever, EVER be a required part of participation.
To keep life matters out of this as much as possible, I recently learned that there's a 50% chance I'm going to lose my job next month. I am not pleased with this, but doing stuff to (hopefully) deal with it properly.
This forum exists on webspace I pay for. Approximately $135/year, give or take. I'm not trying to make you all feel guilty, because I wouldn't waste the time and money if I didn't REALLY REALLY REALLY want to do it. I also tend to, when I'm not feeling in the most generous of moods, to take the attitude of "if I don't like it it doesn't belong on my forum; and since I pay for it and do all the work, my word is law." Which it technically IS, but if I acted more dictatorial you'd all leave, and that's no fun. Also, I have two domain names as well as unlimited space and unlimited bandwidth included in that fee, and I don't JUST use it for Abaissé. However, because I haven't had the inclination to do my personal web projects, Abaissé IS now the primary reason I pay for it.
Therefore, said idea:
Should anyone feel particularly generous as to donating a few dollars to the forum -- even $1! -- they would be rewarded with a special ranking regular members can't otherwise attain, possibly a fic or an avatar or something that I made, AND their own website at the-barricade.net, which is where Abaissé will also be living (eventually. uh.).
Is this a bad idea? I don't WANT you all to think that you have to help contribute to the costs to participate, because you don't. If nobody does this, then I keep on paying for it regardless. It's just that for me, I'll feel way more guilty about being a totalitarian dictator and avoid the "my way or the highway" mode more easily, knowing that it's not just MY forum anymore.
I'm not sure this came out coherently. So. Do you like this idea and would like it implemented, whether you participate or not?
and to this day, she's glided on
always home but so far away
like a word misplaced
nothing said, what a waste~pearl jam, "dissident"