I have gotten an impressive stream of support, donations with my request to help support Feed2JS, enough to keep the site up and running (which apparently has been stable). But I’ve not been comfortable depending on a future path of donation support, although y’all have demonstrated the potential here.
It ought to be free.
I had a few nibbles of interest of offers to support the costs (in exchange for some visible sponsorship on the main site), with one that looked very viable, but still up in the air.
But a new one is on the table, and it would pay for the ongoing server costs in exchange for text links ads in the footer of the Feed2JS site. I felt a bit squeamish, but it seems pretty minimal; I would get to know the site listed since they are static text. And frankly it seems like no impact for the people who use the site. I would still provide only a “powered by feed2js” in the output, and even that can ve easily hidden by CSS.
I know some may object, who can cast a stone my way for sucking up ad paid route. But to me, it takes away the paying for the server as an issue, and can make room to focus on the ongoing effort to get people lined up to work on improving the site.
Which, ahem, has gotten no responses in an open google doc I set up. Maybe that was not the best route to solicit input. I guess I need to learn some git and set up a hub.
So I am asking the question of anyone who cares, if a few text ads at the bottom of feed2js.org is the incarnation of the devil. I’ve pretty much made up my mind, but wanted at least to put out the question.