📢📢📢 Week 2 Fundraiser Update – With your help the site will SURVIVE.
November 9, 2022 11:09 AM   Subscribe

📢📢📢 Now, we ask you to help REVIVE Metafilter 📢📢📢 As of today’s fundraising update, we’re only $500 a month away from our Survive target!* The community is coming together to keep the lights on at our shared online home. But we need to go further to safeguard Metafilter’s future. It’s time to 🌱Revive Metafilter.🌱

There are more details in the today’s fundraising update post, but if you just want the highlights:

crouton meter showing $6,546.67 in donations New recurring contributions since the start of the fundraiser: $6,546.67
New one-time contributions since the start of the fundraiser: $38,394.15

That means we’re only $500 away from our original Survive target - just enough to keep the site on life support, but without funding to help it grow. One-time contributions have created a foundation that will give the site stability.

Now we just need a final push. We know we can edge over that Survive target. In the last two weeks of the fundraiser, let’s get to Revive, so that we can start rebuilding the site to become a sustainable operation that doesn’t need to issue these urgent appeals for help ever again.

Please continue giving. Please continue publicizing Metafilter’s need to raise funds. Please continue participating in the fundraising activities. And, above all, please keep posting and commenting on Metafilter. You’re the reason the site exists.

Help REVIVE Metafilter and check out the fundraising activities that are underway:

Get a post written by jessamyn, Eyebrows McGee or Rhaomi in exchange for your contribution in MeFi Posts for "Sale"
Check out some amazing art, signed books, commissioned work, services and all around great stuff that you can buy in Bid for glory with the Metafilter Fundraising Auction!
Share things you love and help increase MeFi’s affiliate income through Metafilter Holiday Gift Guides as part of the AskMe Black Friday Fundraiser.
We’re looking for people from all backgrounds to present or share interesting topics and/or skills in Metafilter Events or entertain with your talents in a MetaFilter Variety Show.
posted by jacquilynne to Writing & Language (17 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
posted by kensington314 at 11:51 AM on November 9, 2022 [1 favorite]

Thanks for the update! It’s super encouraging to know our donations are having an impact. I’ve now set up a recurring payment, as well as my one-off donation. I just can’t comprehend the internet without Metafilter.
posted by Weng at 11:53 AM on November 9, 2022 [7 favorites]

Just a comment - I donated yesterday and I found it really hard to find the 'donate' link (I might have been in the AskMe FAQ and not the MeFi FAQ when I was looking; I'm not saying I'm not dumb.) I see the banner is a lot more direct today and is one hop away from the donations page, but maybe we could have it in the footer links as well for the quieter times?
posted by How much is that froggie in the window at 12:12 PM on November 9, 2022 [3 favorites]

Response by poster: For me, it is in the footer links as "Join 7,527 readers in helping fund MetaFilter" though I am not certain that is true in all versions of the site layout. It might be worth considering putting it in the header links (though that's not a fast change) -- make it more visible.
posted by jacquilynne at 12:16 PM on November 9, 2022 [2 favorites]

Join 7,527 readers in helping fund MetaFilter

And just a short time later, that figure is now 7,550!
posted by Glinn at 1:41 PM on November 9, 2022 [3 favorites]

I've restarted a monthly contribution, which I don't recall stopping but I guess I did...

I'm so glad ot hear the site will continue on. I'd miss it a great deal if it vanished.
posted by Alensin at 2:51 PM on November 9, 2022 [2 favorites]

OK...I started a monthly contribution. I get so much value from this site and feel so blessed there's a place of (mostly) sanity on the internet. There are posts who's subject I often don't have much direct interest in but I love reading the comments anyway. Where else does that exist?
posted by Insert Clever Name Here at 5:51 PM on November 9, 2022 [2 favorites]

I love this site, and now realize how irresponsible it was of me to assume things were cared for and my help was not needed. Made a one time donation, and started a recurring. I open the site at least 2x a day as a consumer… my new stake in the site may compel me to participate more. Thank you all!
posted by nandaro at 6:53 PM on November 9, 2022 [4 favorites]

It's possible I have a unique talent for ignoring things. (I would add that the button with the dark background is much more obvious than the counter, but both are definitely on the mobile site now I go looking.)

I have duly slipped MeFi some more cash, because who can resist croutons?
posted by How much is that froggie in the window at 7:54 PM on November 9, 2022 [1 favorite]

We Will Survive
posted by NotLost at 9:19 PM on November 9, 2022 [1 favorite]

Thanks for the reminder! Now subscribed :), onward and upward oh Mefi.
posted by bluesky43 at 9:53 AM on November 10, 2022

I'm tapped! All 20 slots on the FF movie post/$5 match thing are done.


It's still possible to get:
-weirdly specific film recommendations for $5
-6 movie posts on the theme of your choice for $20!
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:19 PM on November 10, 2022

I’d like to up my monthly recurring, but it’s not straightened for me to figure out which payment processor I’m using. How do I do that?
posted by u2604ab at 6:06 PM on November 10, 2022

Response by poster: Someone else might have some better ideas, but the easiest way is to log into PayPal and Stripe and check your recurring payments. The payments page has a link to instructions for PayPal. Not sure how it works with Stripe because I don't have a Stripe account.
posted by jacquilynne at 4:48 AM on November 11, 2022 [1 favorite]

u2604ab: If you have a Stripe payment, it will show up here. If you don't have anything there, check your PayPal account.

There's a small update to the funding page on the way to make that more clear, and I hope to make some larger improvements to that page as well.

Let me know if that answers it for you :)
posted by wesleyac at 11:52 AM on November 11, 2022 [1 favorite]

That link to manage my stipe payment worked great! Just upped my monthly contribution.
posted by u2604ab at 12:49 PM on November 11, 2022 [1 favorite]

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