I don't like sticking my hat out and asking for money, and I'm not, not exactly. Several members over the past year-ish have asked if they could help support the site from a financial perspective, and some of them have stepped up to the plate in a big way. This is not a shake-down or hustle. If no one does this, we will all be fine. This site will not be going away, there is no threat, implied or otherwise. Obviously the site doesn't run itself for free, but it is not a major fiscal drain either. Currently the site runs on a VPS that costs a whopping 20$ / month. XenForo itself had an upfront cost, and also has a yearly cost to maintain the licenses to gain access to official support and updates. As do the handful of paid add-ins we currently use and will be soon using (Ship Registry sooner than later I hope, with a proper Event manager in the pipeline as well). Roughly the annual service costs for these is around 100$ total. There a handful of domain names associated with the site as well, don't remember what they cost offhand, they're paid for a few more years as I recall. Any prizes for giveaways/contests I pay for. There is a tiny cost for the server backups to Amazon S3 (literally pennies per month right now) These are costs I consider affordable and had planned to simply pay for. After some encouragement of others, I have decided to enable user 'upgrades' to members as a way of visibly & fiscally supporting the site. Only, I'm not actually offering much upgrading. If you aren't interested in pushing some money across the table without gaining some sort of superpower, this probably won't interest you, and that is ok. There are a few different upgrade levels available: Admiral - the highest, there is a recurring option available on this - 20$ for a year. You get a little badge next to your name saying that your a Supporter at the Admiral Level. You get an extra entry in any random giveaways we run on the site. (as of this moment that would mean an extra entry in the photo contest giveaway should you choose to enter). You can also change that title below your name. There is a recurring option for the Admiral level as well where you will automagically be billed every year. Captain - 10$ / year. Everything the admiral gets except for the title changing part, and the sign by your name says Captain instead of Admiral. Like the admiral, there is a recurring level option available as well. Commander - 3$ / month. Like micropayments? This is the one for you. You end up paying more per year, but you get to do it in small little bits! You get the sign by your name, but no title changing. You get the extra entry, but only if you've been a Commander for 4 months (nominally equivalent to what a Captain pays out up front). Don't want any silly upgrades but want to send me $5 less paypal's cut? There's a 1-day upgrade available for that. Please note: If you buy in at Captain and decide you want to buy in at Admiral instead, or some other combo, please PM me. The system will not account for your existing upgrades and you would simply end up as a Captain and an Admiral and be paying 30$ instead of 20$. Unless that is what you wnat to do, in which case, have at it. If you pick a recurring upgrade, you can cancel the subscription at any time, but you will not get any sort of prorate refund. You can access the upgrades panel via your account settings. I haven't actually paid myself for an upgrade yet (it seemed silly to just hand paypal fees just to pay myself), so if you have any problems with the system, please let me know. Any questions or suggestions feel free to reply here or PM me.