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Brett
08.25.14, 08:21 AM
Good morning all,

So everyone remembers last year's drama with the site possibly closing in October, the discussion over doing a yearly donation campaign to keep the site going, and my internal debate on whether I wanted to go that route. In the end, we did it, everyone was amazing, and we raised the money we needed and the site was paid for 2014. Well it's been a year if you can believe that (well 11 months actually), and it's time to see if we can do it again.

First of all, not having to pay the server last year was a huge load off of my plate, so I really thank all of you who donated last year for doing so. It was a life-saver financially. And frankly it will be again this year.

So I want to get the drive started early, in hopes having all the funds by the middle of September (if we get so lucky) so I can pay for the next year and be done.

The server price is the same as it was last year, minus about maybe $150 in donations I got over the course of the year that are being applied. We're looking at needing 130 people to donate $30 and we'll be there again. Again there is NO OBLIGATION for ANYONE to donate, it's purely up to you. Nobody is required to donate to post here, this is completely voluntary! Also if you donated last year, and you're obviously donating a bit under the year timeframe, I'll still make sure it doesn't end until next October, so don't worry about that. You will get in fact more than the year in terms of time.

As far special stuff for those that donate. The mods and I really couldn't come up with anything, but I am VERY willing to implement any good ideas you guys have for those who donate. So if you have some thoughts, please share in this thread, by PM, or email. If it's something that I can do and it's a cool idea, we'll do it! I have NO problem adding special things that you guys would like.

I do have some VHLinks stickers left over and for those that donate. I'll send them until I run out, just make sure your address is in PayPal when you donate.

Below is the donation link for PayPal, remember there are three tiers...$30, $51.50, and $100. You can also click the gold "Premium Members" link where it thanks the newest Premium Members. Goes to the same place. If you wish to donate without using PayPal, send me a PM and I'll get you an address.

2015 VHLinks Server Donations! (http://www.vhlinks.com/vbforums/payments.php)

I may post this in various places on the site so don't people don't miss it, and I really would love to get it done early this year and move on from it.

I thank you for your continued support of the site...which incidentally will be having its 15th Anniversary on September 1st! Wow does time fly!

Brett

bsbll4
08.25.14, 09:43 AM
Done

DirtyWaterDoggie
08.25.14, 01:48 PM
You got it

mike zack
08.25.14, 05:10 PM
30 bucks...no brainer! Done!
Long live the Links!!

MeanStreet 5150
08.26.14, 04:13 PM
Even though I will be logging myself out and not returning I will give you a farewell 30.00

Brett
08.26.14, 06:07 PM
I sent out some stickers today to those that have already donated. So thank you!

Dr5115
08.28.14, 09:10 AM
Thanks for keeping this place around Brett! Donation sent.

Brett
08.28.14, 09:41 AM
And thank you for donating.

RRvh1
08.29.14, 08:06 PM
Can I send a money order ? I've never used Paypal or online banking of any sort . Semi-old school and proud of it ! Haha

I have a 100% positive ebay rating for transactions in this manner . PM me the shipping details if you're interested . Check your inbox for a message from me about a different matter , Brett .

Cheers :)

evhintexas
08.31.14, 03:34 PM
I thought our cards where to be automatically charged each year.
Someone please let me know about this.
Maybe I'm still tripping from the 80's !!!

Brett
08.31.14, 04:45 PM
No they're not. It's not recurring.

evhintexas
08.31.14, 04:50 PM
Ok
I'll take care of it tomorrow.
What would the world be without the Links?

evhintexas
09.01.14, 07:06 AM
Done

Redfoot
09.01.14, 05:48 PM
Done. Love this place.

Brett
09.10.14, 08:20 AM
Well guys I'm a little worried now. After two weeks we're not even a 1/4 of the way there. I did want to be done with this by the 15th, but unless there is a miracle we won't make that. But we have to be done by October 1st no way around that date. It's when the server is due.

I thank all of you who have donated so far. It is VERY much appreciated!

Brett
09.10.14, 08:42 AM
Oh and stickers are coming. I've actually been out of town for the last several days and will be home this weekend to get caught up.

Daisy Hill
09.10.14, 08:43 AM
I just made my donation :thumb:


sorry, busy at work

but this place has a great value to me and I believe that we all share in carrying the weight around here...it's just too much to ask Brett to shoulder on his own

Thanks to everyone who donated last year and helped us keep this place going , please consider making that donation again.

Even smaller donations help get us to our goal. Think about it. For the cost of one Kirkwood Signature brand frozen pizza, YOU can keep this place afloat

Do you think you could skip just one Kirkwood Signature pizza a year? Probably. Especially since we never got OLO's review of said Kirkwood Signature frozen pizza. they can't be very good.

Dr5115
09.10.14, 03:24 PM
This place is wayyy too cool to see it go. Folks, please donate, 5$, 10$ whatever, just give what you can.

Things in this world are not free, give a little bit.

padraig5150
09.11.14, 12:07 AM
Done! :thumb:

Number 47
09.12.14, 04:59 PM
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09.12.14, 05:16 PM
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I challenge rocknblues81 and lovemachine97(Version 2) to donate any amount.

$1 is all it takes... or more!

I will match it.

Number 47
09.12.14, 05:35 PM
1442 views as of this post.

$1 each... think about it. :headbang:

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09.12.14, 11:21 PM
PLEASE DONATE - KEEP US OPEN!


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09.12.14, 11:34 PM
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DFVH5150
09.13.14, 01:24 AM
No Facebook or any of that other bullshit for me. And I'm only 38. This is literally the only web site I visit damn near daily outside of my e-mail and the VHND (but that doesn't count because it's VH-related, too). Bucsdugout.com for the Pirates during summer...every few days. Other than that? Sheeeat...

Been here since its conception I think, and it is, as Dave's appropriately-titled-because-of-the-egomaniac-he-is-God-bless-'em-greatest-hits-album is called: "The Best."

Anyways...done.

DFVH5150
09.13.14, 01:28 AM
And the VHML? It still does exist and is cool, of course. But it's a big family that I never really got into because I only partake so often, but they don't really talk about...Van Halen that much. Got into some fun flame wars though. Love the VHML, but this is the best. For well over a decade.

Brett
09.14.14, 10:25 PM
Little update on where we are as of 9/14. Sitting at about 40% of what we need, so moving it along a bit. We've got about 16 days before I need to pay for the year.

Thanks to those who have donated. I just did a bunch of envelopes with stickers now that I'm back from being out of town. Will throw them in the mailbox in the morning.

Duke
09.15.14, 02:29 PM
Just did mine.

And thanks Brett for keeping the lights on.

Brett
09.15.14, 09:51 PM
Pretty much extended everyone who donated through next October. Don't think I missed anyone. Sent out about 20 envelopes today with some stickers, will send some more tomorrow when I get more stamps.

sek
09.16.14, 11:08 AM
I'm in. Done. :headbang:

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09.16.14, 03:18 PM
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47 could I get a VH3 track please?

Dr5115
09.16.14, 05:03 PM
Folks please,

For less than the price of a hit of crystal meth a day, you too can help save the VH Links! One can only imagine the harsh reality of this world without the Beautiful Girls thread to lighten up our days. The thought of not having a healthy Dave vs. Sam debate could be detrimental to our health.

To not read the words "Sam needs to shut the fuck up" at least once a month is simply unconscionable. The joy that we have all experienced when watching bootleg videos of classic VH when Dave perfectly summarizes the gravity of the moment by stating "Look at all the people here tonight!"

We need some folks to contribute $30.00 to keep this place around for another year. That's $2.50 a month. In other words, for .08c a day you can help keep the awesomeness of the VH Links around. If things are tight, maybe kick in 5$ to help out.

Rock on my friends....................

Daisy Hill
09.16.14, 05:56 PM
yep.

the $30 donations are great :)
the 51.50 donations are better;) ...if you can do it and if you feel it's worthwhile to you
the $100 donations get us there quicker :bounce:

but ANY donation makes the the bar move in the right direction. :thumb:

there is no reason to feel that a donation is too small. they add up

Brett
09.16.14, 06:16 PM
Um they're all great! And appreciated.

Hack
09.16.14, 06:27 PM
Keep pushing 'order' and it says invalid currency. Using my iPad, our home computer out of order cus of some flooding. Is the iPad the problem?

Number 47
09.17.14, 11:21 AM
Got my stickers. Whoo Hoo! :headbang:

Thanks Brett.

Mario VH
09.17.14, 02:38 PM
More of lurker these days than a regular but I can't imagine not having the Links around. It's my friggin home page afterall.

Donation done and thanks to Brett and all the peeps at the Links for keeping it real all these years.

Daisy Hill
09.17.14, 02:57 PM
Keep pushing 'order' and it says invalid currency. Using my iPad, our home computer out of order cus of some flooding. Is the iPad the problem?

I got that too and realized it was because I had to choose a number in the "blue box" then click "order" beside it

if the dollar amount doesn't appear in the blue box you will get that error message when you click "order"

hope that helps

Hack
09.17.14, 04:58 PM
[QUOTE=Daisy Hill;1721863]I got that too and realized it was because I had to choose a number in the "blue box" then click "order" beside it

if the dollar amount doesn't appear in the blue box you will get that error message when you click "order"

hope that helps[/QUOT.

Thanks for the help. Took me about 5 times but it finally worked. Money is sent, year 2.

wrr20891
09.17.14, 06:21 PM
Forgot about the stickers. Got the letter out of the mail today and wondered who in the world was writing me from the west coast. Thanks Brett


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD

EVHWolf
09.17.14, 06:50 PM
Sorry I missed the original post and I hardly look at stickies. Donation sent. Would love a sticker if you still have them. Thanks Brett. Love the links. Thanks to all who donate.

Reckless Fable
09.17.14, 07:50 PM
While the collection plate is being passed around, I've booked some entertainment for you to enjoy:

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Number 47
09.18.14, 04:21 AM
Forgot about the stickers. Got the letter out of the mail today and wondered who in the world was writing me from the west coast. Thanks Brett



All hand written too! :thumb: Brett's all old school.

If we surpass our goal and there are any funds left over, Brett should at least treat himself to a return address rubber stamp. :)

Brett
09.18.14, 06:13 AM
Haha shows how often I mail anything.

Nostalgia Act
09.18.14, 08:33 AM
Thanks for the stickers B! *whispering* penmanship sucks.

Brett
09.18.14, 09:08 AM
Dude I can't write at all anymore.

evhisagod
09.18.14, 11:45 AM
Stickers? Damn, I did not get any stickers:(

By the way, how far along are we on the goal? Does anyone know?

steve mcqueen
09.18.14, 11:51 AM
Donated!.....

Brett
09.18.14, 12:58 PM
Stickers? Damn, I did not get any stickers:(



By the way, how far along are we on the goal? Does anyone know?


Look at the top there is a big banner on where we are.

Stickers I'm not done I have a lot to send. But I'm running low so now I'm only sending one not two to everyone. I'll send as many as I have until I run out.

Nostalgia Act
09.18.14, 01:58 PM
Dude I can't write at all anymore.


I'm just busting your balls.

Hack
09.18.14, 03:50 PM
Look at the top there is a big banner on where we are.

Stickers I'm not done I have a lot to send. But I'm running low so now I'm only sending one not two to everyone. I'll send as many as I have until I run out.


I have one from last year proudly displayed in my office/Van Halen room in or house so don't worry about sending one to me.

Nostalgia Act
09.18.14, 04:33 PM
Stickers? Damn, I did not get any stickers:(
If you don't get one in this next round that Brett sends out, shoot me a pm and I will send you one. If you do get one, I'd be willing to send one to any donor that doesn't get one. I can also send it back to Brett for him to send out.

Brett
09.18.14, 04:59 PM
I'm up to people who donated around the 15th. I just sent those out.

steve mcqueen
09.18.14, 05:23 PM
I'm up to people who donated around the 15th. I just sent those out.

Are you using the addresses associated with the PayPal accounts?

Brett
09.18.14, 06:01 PM
Yup.

Elwood P.
09.18.14, 07:28 PM
Look at the top there is a big banner on where we are.

It still say 57% on my page. Hasn't been updated since the 17th. We closer or am I reading it wrong?

Brett
09.18.14, 07:33 PM
17th was yesterday. It's moved a little more today.

Elwood P.
09.18.14, 08:15 PM
Oh ok, it's updated now. A little closer.

Row you lazy whores, Greeks are dying!



Sorry, got a little carried away there.

Buschman
09.18.14, 08:38 PM
Got my stickers today. Thanks Brett and your penmanship doesn't totally suck... I could make out my name :D

Daisy Hill
09.19.14, 09:31 AM
Great job everyone...lets keep that red line moving! donate now! every donation is important now that we are in the home stretch!

dirtymovies
09.19.14, 01:06 PM
Just sent a donation - hope you hit your goal, and come up with a "multi-donor" icon! ;)

Thanks for all that you've done over the years! :)

Number 47
09.19.14, 01:48 PM
Row you lazy whores, Greeks are dying!


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Number 47
09.19.14, 02:11 PM
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09.19.14, 03:19 PM
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09.19.14, 06:44 PM
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Should I be scared? lol :eek:

dirtymovies
09.19.14, 07:20 PM
Hey, Brett -

I almost never come to the site anymore, but I've always been curious about what you think VH's actual interest in this [No.1] site is, and why you think that THEY may or may not give a fuck about this site adding to THEIR longevity...do THEY think it's [your site] relevant?

Why would THEY not pony up MANY dollars to keep this site going?! :confused:

Elwood P.
09.20.14, 05:42 AM
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Number 47
09.20.14, 06:31 AM
Hey, Brett -

I almost never come to the site anymore, but I've always been curious about what you think VH's actual interest in this [No.1] site is, and why you think that THEY may or may not give a fuck about this site adding to THEIR longevity...do THEY think it's [your site] relevant?

Why would THEY not pony up MANY dollars to keep this site going?! :confused:

Mike and Sam have already secretly donated. :D

I Coulda Hada VH
09.20.14, 03:38 PM
If you haven't donated yet, get to it!

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I Coulda Hada VH
09.21.14, 06:32 AM
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I Coulda Hada VH
09.21.14, 06:33 AM
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Red
09.21.14, 05:17 PM
Ratt...good one, Coulda. That brings back some fuzzy yet fond memories.

Here's to the good times (raises coffee cup). :thumb:

evhisagod
09.22.14, 10:37 AM
Look at the top there is a big banner on where we are.

Stickers I'm not done I have a lot to send. But I'm running low so now I'm only sending one not two to everyone. I'll send as many as I have until I run out.

Brett

Got the stickers the day after so all good here:thumb:

Thanks again

EVHWolf
09.22.14, 12:14 PM
Question, the banner up top 65% hasnt moved in several days, but I have seen several people comment that they have donated since...are we still at 65% or has it moved and not been updated...curious as to how much more we need to hit the goal.
Thanks!

billy007
09.22.14, 03:45 PM
Question, the banner up top 65% hasnt moved in several days, but I have seen several people comment that they have donated since...are we still at 65% or has it moved and not been updated...curious as to how much more we need to hit the goal.
Thanks!

Updated 9/18, so I imagine there'll an update in the next day or two

Brett
09.22.14, 03:48 PM
We haven't moved much in the last several days actually. That number is pretty close.

Reckless Fable
09.22.14, 04:05 PM
We haven't moved much in the last several days actually. That number is pretty close.

Brett, in dollars, does that translate to a little under $1,400 short?

I do remember that last year there was a big push towards the end. If that is indeed the shortfall, we need to find another 47 folks to drop $30. Should be doable.

Brett
09.22.14, 04:06 PM
That sounds about right yes. Maybe more towards 1500.

Reckless Fable
09.22.14, 04:35 PM
Do you remember how much % came in the last 10 days (ish) last year? Seems like it was way short and there was just a big push at end.

EVHWolf
09.22.14, 05:49 PM
I'm don't know much about costs of running a place like this, but would the elimination of certain forums (non-van halen, Chickenfoot, mad Anthony, red rocker, the diamond one) help costs. Speaking for myself...99.9% of what I do is main discussion. I'll jump to a tour forum during a tour...but would it save cost by making the VHlinks, just van halen help reach the number? Just a thought. Flame away if you disagree.

Brett
09.22.14, 06:04 PM
It would make absolutely no difference how many forums we have. We could have 10 billion. Traffic and bandwidth is what it is no matter what.

Brett
09.22.14, 06:05 PM
Do you remember how much % came in the last 10 days (ish) last year? Seems like it was way short and there was just a big push at end.


Honestly don't recall at all.

Brett
09.22.14, 06:09 PM
Hey, Brett -



I almost never come to the site anymore, but I've always been curious about what you think VH's actual interest in this [No.1] site is, and why you think that THEY may or may not give a fuck about this site adding to THEIR longevity...do THEY think it's [your site] relevant?



Why would THEY not pony up MANY dollars to keep this site going?! :confused:


They care but not enough to support it. And I don't really want them to honestly because then they'd control the content too. Doesn't work for me.

Onirb
09.22.14, 07:18 PM
Got my stickers today. Thanks Brett and your penmanship doesn't totally suck... I could make out my name :D

I received mine also thanks! The funny thing is I didn't know about the sticker and my wife left the envelope where I put my car keys. I came home after a long day at work and I see the envelope and I am " who sent me a letter from California?" I opened up like it had bomb in it and the sticker was there. :headbang: It was a nice thing after a tough day at work.

rocknblues81
09.22.14, 09:39 PM
If you can't make it, why not just get a smaller place?

I don't understand the all or nothing approach.... Sometimes you have to move out of the bigger house and into a smaller house when things get tough. I've lived in some really nice houses and some total pieces of shit. Depending on how things are going.

Maybe it wouldn't be the same, but it seems better than completely parting ways.

Brett
09.22.14, 11:48 PM
We've had this discussion last year. Most people were on board with this. I'm not going to have a new discussion every year. I was at peace with my decision last year (as difficult as it was) but I was talked into letting people contribute which I knew would be a challenge as the years go by, especially with VH dormant. I appreciate those that have chosen to help again this year in this shitass economy.

This is how the site is and what it costs. If we can't raise the funds to keep it around, then it will go away. Not trying to be a dick about it, but we went through all this last year and the last thing I want is to rehash. Either we get there or we don't. It's pretty simple.

If someone wants to start a small forum like that they surely can. And there are other VH forums to go to and the VHND. But we're not changing anything after 15 years. We'll ride it out as we are to the end.

Number 47
09.23.14, 05:26 AM
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dibblekins
09.23.14, 07:13 AM
Two lots of $30 paid.

Brett, would you mind checking your PMs and just confirming that that is OK?

Cheers!:)

Dave's Dreidel
09.23.14, 08:47 AM
You would think that with 24,000 registered users that ~$4,500 bucks or whatever it costs wouldn't be too hard to accommodate.

I know a lot of those people don't ever come here, but it still has to be a shitload that do.

Brett
09.23.14, 09:50 AM
Unless they come here they won't know. Not like I sent out a mass email or pm.

evhisagod
09.23.14, 11:24 AM
Brett

Can you tell me how many people actually contributed to this so far?

Brett
09.23.14, 02:55 PM
40 at most.

CaboChris
09.23.14, 04:11 PM
40 at most.

Last I checked, 183 members visited in the last 12 hours.

The "Save VHLinks" is all over this board.

The money should have been done and dusted a long time ago. I understand that money is tight for a lot of people, myself included but that's just pathetic.

I also don't get those people that sign up and just "lurk" for years. WTF is THAT all about? What are they afraid of?

Sorry but I just don't understand people sometimes. Imagine if 183 people gave. :brickwall

I Coulda Hada VH
09.23.14, 04:55 PM
Come on people, time to step up!

EVHWolf
09.23.14, 04:56 PM
I agree...I understand things are tight...and a lot may be hoping that others take care of it, but to only have 40 donate and more importantly to only be at 68% really disappoints me. It would be very sad to lose this place-even though I could be considered a lurker since I don't post a lot...I have come every day even in the darkest of days in VH land. If I have to donate again I will...the best we can do is keep this at the top of the treads and as we enter the last week maybe even get a banner up (not to make more work for you Brett).

Jeff...any chance of making mention on the news desk?

Bigdaddy_14
09.23.14, 09:12 PM
There is still time. I think many people are holding out for others but will come through when it counts

Elwood P.
09.23.14, 10:26 PM
to only have 40 donate and more importantly to only be at 68% really disappoints me.

Yeah, that figure's a kick in the schnutts. Thought there'd be lots lots more on board by now.

Reckless Fable
09.23.14, 11:18 PM
Just as a note, if you're primarily accessing this site though Tapatalk, you don't see the banner. Some folks might not have any idea where things are.

So, yeah, folks on Tapatalk, cough it up! Or else...

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CaboChris
09.23.14, 11:47 PM
Tapatalk and not seeing the banner doesn't fly with me.

The "Save VHLinks threads are everywhere and have been for a while. It doesn't occur to someone to click on the thread out of curiosity, at least?

I use Tapatalk everyday and always see the threads.

Edit: I understand RF, about not knowing how far along because of the lack of banner, on Tapatalk, but 40 people is still pathetic.

Number 47
09.24.14, 01:21 AM
There also doesn't seem to be a single bit of interest on either of the links facebook pages. :irked:

How hard would it be to at least change the cover page to a please donate at the links picture?

dadndudes
09.24.14, 05:08 AM
Lurker most of the time. Enjoy the site, in for 2015.:headbang:

Daisy Hill
09.24.14, 07:00 AM
Last I checked, 183 members visited in the last 12 hours.

The "Save VHLinks" is all over this board.

The money should have been done and dusted a long time ago. I understand that money is tight for a lot of people, myself included but that's just pathetic.

I also don't get those people that sign up and just "lurk" for years. WTF is THAT all about? What are they afraid of?

Sorry but I just don't understand people sometimes. Imagine if 183 people gave. :brickwall

I was thinking the same thing yesterday if they donated at the lower rate $30 rate, or even a $20 premium membership we would be done. 183x20=3660!

We have a week left, and if anyone out there is thinking that Brett is just playing a game of chicken and when the time is up there will be a plan B they are mistaken. My understanding is that this is done, or we are done.

Think about over the years how much Brett has put into this place for us. It's pretty astonishing.

now he's just asking us to carry our own weight and it's only fair. So if there are members out there who have been around this joint for ages and haven't yet donated, I have to say, you are the ones that disappoint and puzzle me the most.

I can understand not affording or caring to donate at the $100 level, but $20? $30? I think that is very reasonable

evhisagod
09.24.14, 07:02 AM
Playing with numbers and I am going to throw a thought out there for all

7 days til close of Links

Original goal: $3900.00

Contributions so far: $2652 approx (68%)

Average $$ that people have submitted so far: $66.30 (Note: I only did $30.00)

Left to go: $1248.00

Figuring most people drag ass and wait til the last 1-2 days to do anything, lets assume we get to 75% (worst case), meaning about $975 needed to reach goal

Question: Is it worth the 40-45 contributors to share equally in the remaining amount of $25.00 per person to close the gap and roll on through 2015? (This is only a question, not a demand)

Remember, I am NOT asking ANYONE to do this, as it is a discussion point only. Your choice is your own and that is the way it should be

As an FYI on my end, and mainly because the sarcasm and BS in here is a much appreciated stress reliever for me (and MUCH cheaper than drinking out or going to a strip bar), I am game to contribute additional $100.00 and will do so now

Peace

Brett
09.24.14, 07:59 AM
If you have sent me a check by mail I am not cashing them until we make it although I'm counting it obviously. If we don't make it I'll just tear them up. If you sent a money order or cashier's check I will send them back.

I'm not playing "chicken," it is what it is folks. I wouldn't do that, that would be silly. Obviously if we get to within $100 I'm not going to close. But we're not near even that yet.

RRvh1
09.24.14, 08:25 AM
If you have sent me a check by mail I am not cashing them until we make it although I'm counting it obviously. If we don't make it I'll just tear them up. If you sent a money order or cashier's check I will send them back.

I'm not playing "chicken," it is what it is folks. I wouldn't do that, that would be silly. Obviously if we get to within $100 I'm not going to close. But we're not near even that yet.

Just logged in quickly before getting ready to head out for work . I'm very surprised that the 'goal' isn't a lot closer right now ... There's a ton of folks who log in here :confused:

For my part , Brett , I absolutely don't need you to return my money order . I've 'met' several cool folks on here and have seen/heard/been given a LOT of guitar advise and inspiration from several of our esteemed alumni .

Obviously I hope that the Links stays open (best VH site on the net) , but God forbid it doesn't ? Consider my mere $51.50 donation a gift to say thanks for the awesome stuff I've been a small part of on here ...

Good Luck in the coming days for reaching the grand total needed . Cheers :smokin::thumb:

I Coulda Hada VH
09.24.14, 08:26 AM
If you have sent me a check by mail I am not cashing them until we make it although I'm counting it obviously. If we don't make it I'll just tear them up. If you sent a money order or cashier's check I will send them back.

I'm not playing "chicken," it is what it is folks. I wouldn't do that, that would be silly. Obviously if we get to within $100 I'm not going to close. But we're not near even that yet.

To anyone reading this, if you haven't donated yet, do it already! This is the best site on the internet and it's dedicated to the most epic rock band ever!! Donate to the links before this board sinks!!!

GPyPT7fb0-Q

evhintexas
09.24.14, 01:51 PM
Just got stickers today.
Thank you, Brett
I'm good for another $30.00 donation.

evhintexas
09.24.14, 01:58 PM
Done

Daisy Hill
09.24.14, 02:43 PM
Got my stickers today. cool.....have to say from the comments I thought Brett's handwriting would look like it was written by a left handed monkey, but it's just a typical guy's handwriting huh


so if we don't make it to the fundraising goal do I have to send back the stickers?


y'all better pony up and pay your share cause I already put one on my trapper keeper and I can't part with that.

Dr5115
09.24.14, 02:43 PM
Just got stickers today.
Thank you, Brett
I'm good for another $30.00 donation.

Welcome to the double donation club.

Reckless Fable
09.24.14, 02:49 PM
I'm in for another round.

Come on all you WAR Fags, Rothtards, Sheep, Chedheads, Eddie Ballwashers and Dodger fans. Make it happen!

evhintexas
09.24.14, 02:56 PM
Welcome to the double donation club.

I think I donated twice last year but I can't remember. I must still be feeling the effects of the 80s !!!

donkost
09.24.14, 03:08 PM
Obviously if we get to within $100 I'm not going to close. But we're not near even that yet.

Well I just did my thing and spotted you for that final $100. haha Actually I received a "Paid Subscription Expiry Notice" e-mail from vhlinks early AM this morning, which I thought was a nice reminder. So everyone who donated last year should hopefully have received these e-mails, and then it's up to them to decide whether or not they are able to follow through. Thankfully I have more or less escaped the effects of the economic non-recovery. Hopefully that e-mail I received was not some sort of cleverly engineered spam message from Uzbekistan. (JK of course) I have worked in IT for decades and deal with that crap on a daily basis, so it would be pitiful, yet amusing, if I fell for such a thing.

Dr5115
09.24.14, 03:13 PM
Well I just did my thing and spotted you for that final $100. haha Actually I received a "Paid Subscription Expiry Notice" e-mail from vhlinks early AM this morning, which I thought was a nice reminder. So everyone who donated last year should hopefully have received these e-mails, and then it's up to them to decide whether or not they are able to follow through. Thankfully I have more or less escaped the effects of the economic non-recovery. Hopefully that e-mail I received was not some sort of cleverly engineered spam message from Uzbekistan. (JK of course) I have worked in IT for decades and deal with that crap on a daily basis, so it would be pitiful, yet amusing, if I fell for such a thing.

Brings up a good point, maybe send emails to those who donated last year?

evhintexas
09.24.14, 03:20 PM
I never got an email notice !!!
....and I really thought it was a reoccurring charge anyway.
At 46 years old, I guess I can blame it on the 80s and 90s. Daaamn

Bigdaddy_14
09.24.14, 03:36 PM
Playing with numbers and I am going to throw a thought out there for all

7 days til close of Links

Original goal: $3900.00

Contributions so far: $2652 approx (68%)

Average $$ that people have submitted so far: $66.30 (Note: I only did $30.00)

Left to go: $1248.00

Figuring most people drag ass and wait til the last 1-2 days to do anything, lets assume we get to 75% (worst case), meaning about $975 needed to reach goal

Question: Is it worth the 40-45 contributors to share equally in the remaining amount of $25.00 per person to close the gap and roll on through 2015? (This is only a question, not a demand)

Remember, I am NOT asking ANYONE to do this, as it is a discussion point only. Your choice is your own and that is the way it should be

As an FYI on my end, and mainly because the sarcasm and BS in here is a much appreciated stress reliever for me (and MUCH cheaper than drinking out or going to a strip bar), I am game to contribute additional $100.00 and will do so now

Peace

I'm in for this.

billy007
09.24.14, 04:37 PM
What you don't know, is if you don't donate, Borax has a deal on the table to sell the site to Celine Dion links and they apparently have the technology in place already to make it appear on your smartphone automatically, whether you want it or not. So please, do it for the kids!

Uncle C
09.24.14, 07:57 PM
I did $50 and will do another $25 if we need it in a week. But no more. As much as I love this forum, and have for years, others have to step up. There's a point where you have to cut it off.

Uncle C
09.24.14, 08:14 PM
And I wish the lazy ass fucking act that we all love would give us a release date for a new album, DVD, project, whatever. If that would happen Bart would have enough donations to sustain this for years, and Burt wouldn't have to do this silly fundraising BS year after year.

Thank you, Bruce, for doing this on your own dime for so long. But, yes, it's time for all of us to chip in and own what we love.

fudd
09.24.14, 08:28 PM
Brett if I donate a large sum
Can I ban people? I'm about tired of OLO thinking he owns the joint. :D

Brett
09.24.14, 08:38 PM
Yes and for sure OLO.

Little Dreamer
09.24.14, 09:31 PM
I'm all for the people joining together to sustain the place, but I'm a bit surprised none of the VH millionaires (Ed, Sam, Dave, Mike, Al) have contributed anything. They could very easily write a check to cover all the expenses - since they benefit from this forum staying opened.
Are they aware of the current situation?

Just curious.

Brett
09.24.14, 09:40 PM
Wouldn't want their money. They'd want control. Not gonna happen.

Little Dreamer
09.24.14, 09:43 PM
Did they ever propose anything?

Brett
09.24.14, 09:45 PM
No one has ever contacted me no. My answer would be "no" anyway. Look at what their own site became. Nothing.

Little Dreamer
09.24.14, 10:09 PM
Well, one Michael "Sauce" Sobolewski could just hit the paypal donation button, just like we all did...

Reckless Fable
09.25.14, 12:59 AM
If Mike doesn't donate, I take it back. NOT a class act. :p

EVHWolf
09.25.14, 04:54 AM
Im sure they could easily donate just as we do, and we know they pop in every now and then, but probably not often enough to be aware of what is going on. I agree with Brett, a donation from anyone is great, but to take money to pay for the site would include loss of control for us...we wouldnt want that. But this place does keep the flame alive. I am happy to see us hit the 75%, but we need that final push.

Elwood P.
09.25.14, 05:19 AM
but to take money to pay for the site would include loss of control for us...

Loss of Control, Loss of Control, Loss of Control.

jrk5150
09.25.14, 07:00 AM
Just got my expiration notice today, haven't been consistently on here in a long time. And frankly, I have FB contact with those from here I've become friends with over the years so I don't really "need" this site anymore. But that doesn't matter, this place has meant WAY too much to me over the years. As long as Brett is running it, I'm in. Donation done.

So get off yer asses and close the gap, this is ridiculous.

Hopefully there will be a wave of expiration notices that will prompt some activity...

jrk5150
09.25.14, 07:18 AM
And one more thing - if you're reading this, and you haven't donated, you probably suck.

And I didn't originally have the "probably" in there, but then realized that there certainly might be people out of work or what not whose situation is such that $30 is a lot.

Then again - if that's the case, you better be reading this at a library, and you better not be smoking, drinking, or on a cell/mobile device, or I'll go back to saying you suck.

Reckless Fable
09.25.14, 11:28 AM
Donate now, or you will be slapped with a snapper:

https://d324imu86q1bqn.cloudfront.net/uploads/asset/attachment/23212/optimized.jpg

dibblekins
09.25.14, 12:34 PM
Codswallop.

Buschman
09.25.14, 02:44 PM
I'll donate a third time if I can get hit in the face with a "pink" snapper...

Hack
09.25.14, 03:41 PM
Loss of Control, Loss of Control, Loss of Control.

Fucking love that song. Truly have no idea why most hate it.

Bigdaddy_14
09.25.14, 03:43 PM
Donate now, or you will be slapped with a snapper:

https://d324imu86q1bqn.cloudfront.net/uploads/asset/attachment/23212/optimized.jpg

Dude........

I Coulda Hada VH
09.25.14, 04:45 PM
Loss of Control, Loss of Control, Loss of Control.

x7mIqV2qJqM

Elwood P.
09.25.14, 10:30 PM
Fucking love that song. Truly have no idea why most hate it.

Re: Loss of Control, I don't think people hate it. It's just that up next to Everybody Wants Some and Romeo Delight, it kinda gets sklpped over once in awhile.

Number 47
09.26.14, 01:18 AM
79% ???

What's the actual remaining dollar amount needed.

Maybe some of us could band together and cut it up equally to reach the goal.

I've kicked in $106.50 so far but would be willing to give a little more.

evhisagod
09.26.14, 05:45 AM
79% ???

What's the actual remaining dollar amount needed.

Maybe some of us could band together and cut it up equally to reach the goal.

I've kicked in $106.50 so far but would be willing to give a little more.

If my math is right, and I would like to think it is, currently we would be about $819 short overall

I am going to see if the last minute crowd wakes up by Monday night and see where it is then. However, I am game to do what you are suggesting

If I cant use the links to steal funny pics from and piss everyone off on social media sites, my days will not be complete!

Number 47
09.26.14, 06:41 AM
This place is dead on the weekends, so I hope something happens today to change that number some. I was really hoping we were a bit closer than $800.

I Coulda Hada VH
09.26.14, 11:50 AM
If this board could talk ...

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Number 47
09.26.14, 12:09 PM
I'm getting a bad feeling that this ain't gonna happen this time.

I Coulda Hada VH
09.26.14, 12:12 PM
I'm getting a bad feeling that this ain't gonna happen this time.

How sad and pathetic would that be?

FOiNPxEU4r4

Number 47
09.26.14, 12:29 PM
There is an entire faction of folks who rallied last year that haven't been here for months if not longer.

BlindtotheWorld
09.26.14, 12:33 PM
Donation made!

Although I am a bit oblivious at times, despite visiting this site everyday, I completely missed this year’s fundraising until now.

In case there are other like me, I’m not sure if it’s possible to send out a blanket PM or something.

Daisy Hill
09.26.14, 12:50 PM
I'm getting a bad feeling that this ain't gonna happen this time.

well, 79% and there are always the last minute people. I feel some what confident but counting today we have just

5 days

Little Dreamer
09.26.14, 01:42 PM
I'm ready to give another $30 by monday/tuesday if necessary. I think we will be really close by tuesday evening as several people have said the same thing.

Number 47
09.26.14, 01:46 PM
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I Coulda Hada VH
09.26.14, 02:01 PM
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Number 47
09.26.14, 02:37 PM
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seenbad
09.26.14, 02:42 PM
I think that today (pay day for many) will give us a good understanding of where we sit. If you've been waiting, now is the time.

Buschman
09.26.14, 02:52 PM
Just donated again. Hope that gets us closer to the goal.

Uncle C
09.26.14, 08:07 PM
I hope we get there. I don't want to have to spend my Sunday combing the site for links and other stuff that I want to save.

Number 47
09.26.14, 08:29 PM
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Number 47
09.26.14, 08:40 PM
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Bigdaddy_14
09.26.14, 08:41 PM
I'm getting a bad feeling that this ain't gonna happen this time.

i think we are going to make it just in the nick of time...but barely. We have to get a better system in place in the coming years. And it is going to be up to US, not Brett. I think we need to collectively put our heads together after this one is over and figure out whats the best course of action going forward. If we love this place as much as we claim we do, we will figure out a way. I'll do my part to be a more regular member here than I have in the past years. VH inactivity or not, ive been a member here for almost 15 years and I need to do a better job. We all do.

Number 47
09.26.14, 08:58 PM
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CaboChris
09.26.14, 09:08 PM
Imo, the drive should start much earlier.

A little over a month to accumulate the necessary funds, is cutting it too close.

If the drive is successful, than reminding people a few months in advance, for next year, would definitely help a little. Gives folks a bit of time.

Bigdaddy_14
09.26.14, 09:14 PM
I suggest possibly creating a board of some type, composed of paying members, whose job it is to handle the regular duties of the site from here on out. It's going to have to be up to us. Brett is one person. We need to help too

Number 47
09.26.14, 09:15 PM
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Fontcow
09.26.14, 09:18 PM
http://www.questrider.com/images/vhlinks_pledge_drive.png

CaboChris
09.26.14, 09:27 PM
Maybe charge to enter different forums? Like a newspaper online subscription?

It's free for everyone to become a member but if one wants to, let's say, post in Non or Main, then they will be prompted to make a donation. Of course, any member with the premium or donor badge would have full access.

Idk, just throwing ideas out...

Uncle C
09.26.14, 09:31 PM
Tote bags and Lawrence Welk DVDs.

Elwood P.
09.26.14, 10:34 PM
I suggest possibly creating a board of some type, composed of paying members, whose job it is to handle the regular duties of the site from here on out.

I nominate Dick Punch for Sergeant-at-Arms.

Daisy Hill
09.27.14, 05:37 AM
i think we are going to make it just in the nick of time...but barely. We have to get a better system in place in the coming years. And it is going to be up to US, not Brett. I think we need to collectively put our heads together after this one is over and figure out whats the best course of action going forward. If we love this place as much as we claim we do, we will figure out a way. I'll do my part to be a more regular member here than I have in the past years. VH inactivity or not, ive been a member here for almost 15 years and I need to do a better job. We all do.

in some respects you are right. Brett has done the heavy lifting for us for a long time. We as members need to make sure that we have enough people to carry the board into the future. That was a big part of the equation for Brett from the beginning last year....he wanted to know that sufficient quantity people cared enough to make it work. I'm sure he didn't want to see it languish and peter out for lack of attention. This place has always been about the people, and always will be...new music or no new music...this place is more about us than it is about anything else and compared to other boards I have gone to (and bailed out of in horror) this place is populated by some pretty cool people.

That said, this is Brett's baby and always will be. He started it, he managed it, he paid for it and under his guidance he made this place a great place to hang.

if we don't make it to the goal ( but I'm confident last minute donations will push us over the top again) Brett should know that his work over all these years is appreciated.

Redfoot
09.27.14, 05:59 AM
Brett, are you the reincarnation of Emperor Norton in Principia Discordia?

Dr5115
09.27.14, 06:04 AM
I agree with Bigdaddy and Daisy, we need to come up with a system so that this isn't a last minute thing every year and so this process is easier on Brett.

I know many of us that hang here are down a braincell or two, many though are fairly sharp. If we exchange some ideas I'm sure we can come up with something.

Redfoot
09.27.14, 06:22 AM
I think there is some added suspense to make all of our assholes pucker. That donation meter resembles the terror-level threat advisory scale, IMO.

Bigdaddy_14
09.27.14, 06:50 AM
I think there is some added suspense to make all of our assholes pucker. That donation meter resembles the terror-level threat advisory scale, IMO.

I was thinking the same thing, actually

Rokgtar
09.27.14, 09:46 AM
Sent today. Sorry for the delay...

Nostalgia Act
09.27.14, 11:57 AM
If we're here, we definitely need to start the fundraiser a little earlier next year. Someone besides Brett heading it is also a good idea. He's done enough. Daisy, Fontcow?? *wink*. Getting rid of the premium and donor icon might be something to consider as well. I know a recent post has caused a bit of a stir. For me personally, I just agree that one should help pay for a service that they use frequently. That's my personal opinion, and not directed at ANYONE, that can't or doesn't have the means to help. If only paying members were allowed to post, this place would become boring, imo. Have the fundraiser, while keeping everyone in the loop of the status, but don't show who has donated, and do away with the icons. Thoughts?

dibblekins
09.27.14, 02:10 PM
Could paying-up perhaps lead to being entered into a prize draw of some sort? It might give some of those who don't frequent the site too often an incentive, if they thought they might be in with a chance of winning a VH-related item (a sweater, or something?) I dunno...Just a thought...

I Coulda Hada VH
09.27.14, 04:28 PM
Could paying-up perhaps lead to being entered into a prize draw of some sort? It might give some of those who don't frequent the site too often an incentive, if they thought they might be in with a chance of winning a VH-related item (a sweater, or something?) I dunno...Just a thought...

"She's a real go getter, in her tight red sweater" ...

1UXx7-NkwDA

dirtymovies
09.27.14, 05:36 PM
They care but not enough to support it. And I don't really want them to honestly because then they'd control the content too. Doesn't work for me.

I'm sure that if Mike, or Wolf (especially) knew that this site may be DIF in the next few days, they would anonymously donate a chunk of change (maybe even AVH) with no desire for control of it!

It would just be a fuckin' tax write-off!!! :eek: :wtf:

Little Dreamer
09.27.14, 07:02 PM
This site plays a role in a whole range of VH activities - back catalog sales, merchandise, gear, books, etc. It's benefiting corporations like Warner Brothers and Van Halen itself. It's also benefiting Sammy's Bar and Grill, Mike's hot sauce, etc, etc.

It's a noble thing that the "little people" are financing it. On the other hand, people who use this site to promote their stuff and make money should contribute. First and foremost on that list is the band, since this site has kept their name in the news for the past 15 years or so.

Brett
09.28.14, 04:27 PM
I'm actually out of stickers sadly. Just sent out the last ones I had. Sorry guys I wish I had something else. I can send my band's old CDs haha.

dibblekins
09.28.14, 04:32 PM
They're coming to the UK, right?!? They ARE coming to the UK???!!!???:scared:

Brett
09.28.14, 05:49 PM
You may have gotten the last ones I can't remember now.

dibblekins
09.28.14, 06:22 PM
On the one hand...:bounce:

On the other...:(

It's Mike
09.28.14, 07:01 PM
I'm actually out of stickers sadly. Just sent out the last ones I had. Sorry guys I wish I had something else. I can send my band's old CDs haha.

Z54-QHEZN6E

donkost
09.29.14, 12:14 AM
Posting here in case Brett's PM mailbox is jammed up with people offering their farewell wishes. I already donated $100, and unless yearly server fees have increased, by my calculations it looks like approximately $680 is still required. If it gets down to the wire, and Brett can decide when that would be and PM me, I am willing to pitch in up to another $500. Then after 10/1 if any members who missed out on making donations want to spot me for any of that $500 I would certainly not refuse, but I wouldn't necessarily be counting on this to occur either. I'm thinking this should pretty much seal the deal for renewal of the site as long as others continue donating.

I'm sure this donation process will be revamped well in advance of next year's server fees, and it sure came upon us really quickly after last year's drive. Then if (and it's a huge "IF") VH has a new release of any sort or even a tour in the upcoming year there should definitely be increased interest in this site, more traffic, more potential people willing to donate, etc. Seems to me that much of the Dave vs. Sammy hate-filled rhetoric of the past has died down lately, so perhaps we're past that point for the most part and everyone can proceed with the notion that we are all fans of Van Halen the band.

Daisy Hill
09.29.14, 04:57 AM
yup pretty accurate...about 675 short with 2 days to go and some checks still in the mail

as of right now there are 30 members on site and 350 "guests"

at this point I am calling out all those lurkers out there ( and I was one on and off for years) to register. It doesn't cost you anything to register, and it would be nice to get to know you....really, you've pressed your noses to the window long enough...time to come in out of the dark!

but if you have lurked here for years and get something out of the site, a small donation, even 10 or $20 would help us toward our goal

and those members who haven't donated...the $30..$51.50 and $100 level donor levels are still out there, but any level of donation is appreciated

We have many members out there who have said they'll pony up the balance to get us thru another year ( and I just made a second donation myself) so I'm confident that we'll make it thru on the generosity of a few, but we really need members to come out in mass and support this place.

C'MON PEEPS...WE ARE SOOOOO DANG CLOSE! :headbang:

dibblekins
09.29.14, 05:02 AM
Wowww...That is an incredible offer, donkost...I don't know if Brett will accept it or not (that's for him to decide, obviously) but, gosh - thank you!:)

Daisy Hill
09.29.14, 05:04 AM
by the way, those last minute donors who don't have a pay pal account....I believe there is a "guest" option where you can just go thru, enter your info and credit card numbers and donate without setting up a formal account...it is just a one payment deal.

so that removes one more obstacle for ya!

sickman
09.29.14, 05:28 AM
I just donated, and honestly I wasn't going to due to the members that seem to get some enjoyment out of shaming other members that did not. To them I say Fuck You.
No your shaming did not work, my love for the site won out.

maltiero
09.29.14, 08:00 AM
Just donated as well!

Daisy Hill
09.29.14, 08:24 AM
Just donated as well!


:thumb: way to rep for the relatively new members! :thumb:

billy007
09.29.14, 08:42 AM
I just donated, and honestly I wasn't going to due to the members that seem to get some enjoyment out of shaming other members that did not. To them I say Fuck You.
No your shaming did not work, my love for the site won out.

the only people that should feel ashamed for not donating (in my opinion) are those that have in anyway made a dime from this site - any of the bands - from the 4 members of Van Halen and the three guys that aren't (and I know Brett wouldn't want the band to float this site due to the fact that they might feel they can then control something, but certainly they can pony up $50. each - well maybe not Wolfie - not sure what he gets for an allowance from his dad) to all the bands that get regular traffic in the Music Only forum and promotion of their new releases therein, and the tribute bands, guitar and other instrument sellers, etc. Everyone else, give what you can, if you can.

By the same token, no one should feel compelled to have to give a second donation. Hopefully after this drive is over, the next one can be spread out over a full 12 months.

Filthy 150
09.29.14, 10:29 AM
I went to the donate link and was unable to find the 'give Olo the ban button' option.
I am torn now.

95Crash
09.29.14, 12:04 PM
If I donate through paypal, how will this show up on my bank statement, under what name?

Buschman
09.29.14, 12:20 PM
I got an email saying this amount of $$$ was paid to Brett Norton.

Buschman
09.29.14, 12:22 PM
Also on the bank statement it showed up as "paypal banone"

95Crash
09.29.14, 01:04 PM
:thumb: Thanks.

The wifey won't understand my making a contribution. ... Why do I feel like I'm ordering porn? :D

sickman
09.29.14, 01:18 PM
:thumb: Thanks.

The wifey won't understand my making a contribution. ... Why do I feel like I'm ordering porn? :D

You may as well go ahead and order porn, she won't believe you anyway. :D

Red
09.29.14, 01:23 PM
I've been stickered!

Thanks, Brett. I didn't expect it, but I do appreciate it.

BREW CREW
09.29.14, 02:02 PM
I donated just now. I know my son, Zach, liked reading posts on this site and he would want it to stay open. Plus, I kinda have been here for a while.

All the posts from members that are seriously being bitchy towards members that can't donate, STFU, you're NOT helping the cause. To the people that are being sarcastic about it, you guys are funny! :thumb:

95Crash
09.29.14, 02:52 PM
Last year, I threw out a suggestion to include a link to Amazon whereby anyone who makes a purchase on Amazon using the link provided by VHLinks would be contributing indirectly to this site.

Was that idea ever considered? And if not, is it worth consideration? ... I know other sites use the Amazon link as a tool to raise money.

In any event, I just donated.

Duke
09.29.14, 03:28 PM
Posting here in case Brett's PM mailbox is jammed up with people offering their farewell wishes. I already donated $100, and unless yearly server fees have increased, by my calculations it looks like approximately $680 is still required. If it gets down to the wire, and Brett can decide when that would be and PM me, I am willing to pitch in up to another $500. Then after 10/1 if any members who missed out on making donations want to spot me for any of that $500 I would certainly not refuse, but I wouldn't necessarily be counting on this to occur either. I'm thinking this should pretty much seal the deal for renewal of the site as long as others continue donating.

.

This is a most generous offer, well done. I'd like to help out by splitting the outstanding difference with you. Keep me in the loop Brett.

At0micPunk
09.29.14, 03:36 PM
Donation made. No need to send me anything... no stickers or surf music cd's required. :)

Good luck with the site. Long Live Van Halen!

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1194/1164093620_a35dda4e9c.jpg
https://www.morrisonhotelgallery.com/images/medium/Van%20Halen%20sparklers%20studio%20david%20lee%20r oth%20LOS%20ANGELES,%201979.jpg

dirtymovies
09.29.14, 05:18 PM
Also on the bank statement it showed up as "paypal banone"

Yes, I got that, as well... better not be for gambling debts to a crime family! :wtf:

Why is the "CAMPAIGN 2015" meter at what it is (83%) - is this a completely current figure, as of this post? :confused:

seenbad
09.29.14, 05:56 PM
it's not updated to the minute, but is accurate as of this one.

Genghis_John
09.29.14, 05:59 PM
Just donated my $51.50

This will get me outta purgatory!

Love this site. Hate to see it close.

evhisagod
09.29.14, 06:12 PM
it's not updated to the minute, but is accurate as of this one.

$390 short, correct?

Alright, I can do one more if needed, but I would prefer to have some help

Since this forum brings out the wrath in some people, PM me if anyone wants to ride along with me on this if needed.

Peace

Daisy Hill
09.29.14, 06:26 PM
I think there are still some checks in the mail, but for cripes sake people!

If anyone out there is holding out waiting to donate...wanting to be our Zoe Koplowitz....get on with it, would ya?


LOL The drama is killing me!

dirtymovies
09.29.14, 07:01 PM
it's not updated to the minute, but is accurate as of this one.

Ok, thx. It seems fairly critical, NO?! Who is runnin' this show?!

When is the ACTUAL deadline, with "checks in the mail," and such??? :confused:

RRvh1
09.29.14, 07:42 PM
[QUOTE=dirtymovies;1723978]Ok, thx. It seems fairly critical, NO?! Who is runnin' this show?!

When is the ACTUAL deadline, with "checks in the mail," and such??? :confused:ling ? At least the poster wasn't using colored writing . "Kind of fruity , No ... ?"

At0micPunk
09.29.14, 11:41 PM
http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o313/hyru1e/JLLINKS014_zps67d0b335.jpg
[CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW!!] (http://www.vhlinks.com/vbforums/payments.php)

donkost
09.30.14, 12:20 AM
Wow Steve / AP, you really surpassed yourself with this year's donation campaign graphic! LMAO

Double Down
09.30.14, 04:02 AM
The quality of VH info here is unmatched and the quality of info and expertise in the Guitar Room is invaluable. And as forums go I love how Brett runs the place. It's a VH site where fans of both eras are welcome and where I believe the majority of members are fans of both the Dave and Sam years.



If you're still lurking and on the fence then I would encourage you to help out if you can. There will be plenty of VH news to discuss in the coming years and it would be a shame not have this place around. You don't want to wake up Thursday morning to "website not found" when you click the Links tab in your favorites. :thumb:

spe5150
09.30.14, 05:24 AM
Late to the party, as usual, but in under the wire!

Red
09.30.14, 05:39 AM
Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?


I predict a celebration by 5pm EST. :bounce:

Matter of fact, somebody get Kool & the Gang's booking people on the phone. The guitarist even has one of those Eddie Van Halen guitars, too...

Are we there yet?:headbang:

Scotty
09.30.14, 06:53 AM
We are extremely close. Please donate.

evhisagod
09.30.14, 07:29 AM
We are extremely close. Please donate.

Third contribution sent!

Is there a "Super Premium" Membership level:D

We now should be at 93%

Come on everyone!!

Peace

billy007
09.30.14, 07:52 AM
Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?


I predict a celebration by 5pm EST. :bounce:

Matter of fact, somebody get Kool & the Gang's booking people on the phone. The guitarist even has one of those Eddie Van Halen guitars, too...

Are we there yet?:headbang:

I don't know if Baron is able to tally things while he is at work, and since he is on PDT right now...

Red
09.30.14, 09:39 AM
I don't know if Baron is able to tally things while he is at work, and since he is on PDT right now...

Ah, great point...I must be patient.

I'm going to the well one more time, just to keep the pump primed.

DONATE, my fellow citizens! It'll temporarily increase blood flow to your genitalia, and isn't that what we all really want, really? :thumb:

Follow me! Follow me to freedom!

uASRgF2fwwY

Red
09.30.14, 09:50 AM
Oh dear sweet Della Reese, that felt good.

tphitman
09.30.14, 09:59 AM
We can't let this place go down. I gave again and it felt GREAT!

SuckaInA3Piece
09.30.14, 10:08 AM
Yea, I guess this place is ok. Count me in.

Reckless Fable
09.30.14, 10:48 AM
I hit the tip jar twice. Fingers crossed.

vhuk_since1984
09.30.14, 10:50 AM
I hit the tip jar twice. Fingers crossed.

Just contributed . Us UK fans care as well. This is a GREAT site!

Uncle C
09.30.14, 11:42 AM
Second contribution made. Looking forward to another year.

Number 47
09.30.14, 11:46 AM
DONATE, my fellow citizens! It'll temporarily increase blood flow to your genitalia, and isn't that what we all really want, really? :thumb:



Uh oh! Well that explains my erection lasting longer than four hours today. :yell:

YankeeRose
09.30.14, 12:27 PM
Payment just sent, the Links should be very close to being saved now. :D

Red
09.30.14, 01:18 PM
Well, last year the big news came in the afternoon, so I thought maybe we'd hear something by now. But that's okay, because....

1XOO-rf4xgI

Buschman
09.30.14, 01:19 PM
It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings and she ain't even in the building yet.

Dave's Dreidel
09.30.14, 03:01 PM
How short are we?

I'll put more in the kitty if it will make a difference, as long as Brett promises to not send me any more selfies.

edwardv
09.30.14, 04:28 PM
Hope we make it. Been a bad year so far for me losing this place would be not good.

InTheBeginning
09.30.14, 04:36 PM
Just hit the button! Van Friggin' Halen!:headbang:

Raldo
09.30.14, 05:22 PM
Just donated. Hope we make it!!

Bigdaddy_14
09.30.14, 05:29 PM
we there yet?

Double Down
09.30.14, 05:35 PM
Hang in there, guys. Update on its way.

KleeHee
09.30.14, 05:41 PM
Just donated. Hopefully not to little to late.

I Coulda Hada VH
09.30.14, 05:52 PM
Hang in there, guys. Update on its way.

Just call it a hunch ...

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mike zack
09.30.14, 07:10 PM
Where we at? No way I can sleep with out knowing.