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    In the past we've accepted donations on behalf of charities and auctions. We've also never really set out to solicit donations, though we've had that ability when needed. Since we have the auctions so infrequently, I thought I would make donations for whenever you felt you could for as small as you like. We're not trying to get rich, simply have enough on hand to pay for expenses or make a donation to a charity during an emergency. With that in mind, I invite you to check out how you can make a donation and get a feel for how we use it.
    Infinite complexity according to simple rules.

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    I suggested a while ago that we could have a Moorcock Trading Post, where users buy sell and trade Moorcock related items with a voluntary contribution being made to the site from proceeds. I've seen this work on other sites and feel it could work here, especially with the general philanthropic attitude of most Miscellany users. Just a suggestion
    'You know, I can't keep up with you. If I hadn't met you in person, I quite honestly would NOT believe you really existed. I just COULDN'T. You do so MUCH... if half of what goes into your zines is to be believed, you've read more at the age of 17 than I have at the age of 32 - LOTS more'

    Archie Mercer to Mike (Burroughsania letters page, 1957)

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    • #3
      We already have the (admittedly moribund) The Multi-Dimensional Book Exchange and The Miscellany Book Exchange projects but they've always been run on a not-for-profit/non-commercial footing. If we're being more open about actual trades rather than simple swaps perhaps we can combine/adapt/resurrect them? Something to discuss?
      _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
      _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
      _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
      _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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      • #4
        I would be in to that. Mostly, I just want to donate. But, I'm also after a number of titles. Non-collectible - sentimental value stuff and things you guys talk about that I haven't read. I would as soon do that here. But, I'm also all good with simple donation and visits to the used stores. Hard to imagine commissions on used at Amazon would help much when a lot of these folks make their profit off the mailing fees. At the end of the day, I think that this site is unique in the very high value it delivers at low operating costs. Even with respect to technologies I don't really use, I think expansion is justfied. I mean, if for no other reason, to make MM more accesible to the next bunch coming up. Hell, if it weren't for this site, I would never have read JC or ML or KotC because I just flat didn't know about them. Same with the music. The only music I knew about was the studio Chronicles before I got here.
        Kevin McCabe
        The future is there, looking back at us. Trying to make sense of the fiction we will have become. William Gibson

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        • #5
          Originally posted by David Mosley View Post
          If we're being more open about actual trades rather than simple swaps perhaps we can combine/adapt/resurrect them? Something to discuss?
          The way I've seen it work elsewhere is this:

          a modest total target is set for contributions (this would be for operating costs and, in the case of this site, proposed charitable donations elsewhere) which is displayed at the top of the page with the amount received so far

          we set up a forum up a for sale/trade section (since some people may prefer to trade rather sell) and also a Wanted section where users can post their Moorcockian Wants and members conduct their 'business' here.

          e.g. member X has a an old Avon copy of The Final Programme that they want to sell, specifying a price (usually with postage included). Member Y finds that this is the one edition of the book they have trying to find for years and arranges to purchase said book.

          Items sold at stated prices would be on a first come first served basis, while rarer items could be put up for auction. We could also have a Good Trader thread where members post details of their successful transactions to give confidence to potential purchasers.

          I imagine fund contributions would have to be on a voluntary (anonymous) basis, but given the general goodwill here hopefully most people would choose to make some sort of contribution from their sales.

          If all this smacks of commercialism, it's really for good causes - the maintenance of this site and charitable donations. Also we wouldn't be lining the pockets of ebay.

          As I say, I've seen it work well elsewhere and think it could work here too - in the true spirit of Moorock's Miscellany
          'You know, I can't keep up with you. If I hadn't met you in person, I quite honestly would NOT believe you really existed. I just COULDN'T. You do so MUCH... if half of what goes into your zines is to be believed, you've read more at the age of 17 than I have at the age of 32 - LOTS more'

          Archie Mercer to Mike (Burroughsania letters page, 1957)

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          • #6
            Just a couple things.

            Thanks for the enthusiasm everyone!

            We have tried variations of this as mentioned. We never gave it prominence, but had we, I wouldn't have expected to rocket off right away. We get about 200 members in any given 30 days who are active. I expect that market to be fairly saturated by now, so would expect the activity of trading or whatever to be very low. The website had problems until recently that didn't really lend itself to a successful effort. Those days are gone now, so hopefully something like this will succeed, over time.

            Marca, can you provide links so we can see what you are talking about?

            I'm not sure I feel comfortable advertising monetary goals people have to help us hit. I understand the function of those goals, and I suppose it would be helpful in specific cases (imagine a drive for the Californian Earthquake Relief with a goal of $200 US and only $87 more dollars to go). Something passive seems the thing, since the same 200-ish people will be tapped again and again. And let's be honest. Any donation is a gift to me, and you rely on me making a charitable donation and pay for the site upkeep. I don't want people to be misled into thinking it is anything more than that. I do have a reputation of collecting money and donating it. Anyone remember Robert Sheckley effectively trapped in Kiev? We got $5,000 to his daughter on trust alone.

            As for doing as Marca suggests, it comes down to people post to one of those forums I guess, and then making a donation after the transaction has completed. What more can we do here? Do I need to make a page that explains the concept or something? Suggestions on what I can do next?
            Infinite complexity according to simple rules.

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