Oh, wow! We've raised enough money for our 2014 hosting costs in less than a week! Thanks a ton!
As it happens, we didn't have a fundraiser last year because I didn't have the time or energy to ask for money properly—whoops. So, any further donations will go toward last year's hosting costs that I paid out of pocket, and will therefore help me have enough money to pay for college ♥
And you'll still totally get featured here and on the homepage, too. Thanks again for all your help! We're proud to be your Neopets fix during the downtime
Dress to Impress is cool! We have loads of fancy features: y'all are constantly adding models to our database, making NC trades, and saving your outfits and sharing them across the interwebs. It's pretty sweet, and we're super proud to have a community of users consistently putting our resources to good use.
But cool features cost us money—about $800 a year. We're running on a 4GB Linode server for $40/mo, and y'all's fancy outfit thumbnails live on Amazon Web Services for about $25/mo (it varies by usage), so that leaves us at about $65/mo. Add in $10 for the domain name and $10 room to grow (our Amazon usage, and therefore costs, are on the rise), and that comes to an annual budget of $800 USD.
So, we're here to ask for help. If you have some spare change to send our way, we'll gladly accept Thanks for helping Dress to Impress stay online and running smoothly!
And, to show our undying gratitude, we'll feature your outfits right here! Eeyup, for every $5 you send our way, we'll post one of your beautiful outfits right here on the donors list, and feature it on the homepage, too! Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing all your lovely creations, and wishing I could make things even half as pretty (See the fine print at the bottom of the page for details.)
Thanks again for all your help. Dress to Impress runs on you, from our data to our servers. You make this site the great resource that it is, and I'm consistently impressed by this community's generosity. Thanks for all you do!
We were considering PayPal for accepting donations, but ended up choosing Stripe as our primary donation method because it's easy to integrate and because it's well-trusted in the developer community—and because we've heard too many horror stories of small organizations having their PayPal accounts locked down when they suddenly start receiving a bunch of transactions. Scary stuff.
But, even though PayPal isn't integrated into the site, we'll still gladly accept individual donations through PayPal if you'd prefer. Drop us an email and we'll talk details. Thanks!
When you make a donation, we'll divide the amount by $5 USD, and, rounding down, that's how many of your outifts we'll feature. Cool, eh?
This is our way of publicly thanking our donors. (Thanks again, by the way!) We love them very much and want to bring attention to their awesomeness. However, there are a few important bits of legal whatnot to keep in mind. (Mostly, it's the list of things that we expect to do but in no legally binding way promise to do. Just in case )
Featuring your outfit is a thank-you gift that we like to give our donors; it is not a purchased service. We make no guarantee that we'll post your outfit on any page for any particular amount of time, or even at all. (That said, we expect to publicly list our donors' outfits somewhere on the site for as long as the site lives, and in rotation on the homepage until some other site event or feature needs the space.)
We reserve the right to refuse to post any content for any reason, and we reserve the right to remove any previously posted content at any time for any reason. If we don't like the outfit's name, the outfit's appearance, or the name on your donation, or anything else, then we don't have to publish it, and we won't necessarily refund you—especially if the content seems malicious. (That said, we intend to allow most any name and outfit that are appropriate for Neopians of all ages.)
If you change your mind about donating, no worries: you can request a refund within 60 days of donating, and, so long as you're acting in good faith, we'll refund the entire donation. (For example, if you realize you can't afford to donate, or legit just change your mind, then we'd love to help you out But we don't want people posting obscene content and expecting refunds once we take it down, so we need a refund policy that lets us reject those requests So, we determine "good faith" at our sole discretion—not limited to those examples—but we're generally pretty understanding.)
TL;DR: We love to help and acknowledge our good-faith donors, but reserve the right not to do those things, in order to better handle bad-faith donors and unexpected circumstances. That's the whole deal