We've set up an official fundraising/contributing/support page here
, and are now tracking the number of people signing on as monthly supporters.
When I posted the announcement about layoffs
, I knew it would send shockwaves, but what I didn't expect was the outpouring of desire to help. I mean I knew people wanted to help, but what really drove it home was the hundreds of donations that flew in from PayPal. Then people figured out how to make the payments recurring, which blew me away further.
We decided to formalize it a bit with a central page for collecting funds. We've imported all the previous people that contributed and it looks like as of now, already 230 people have signed up to support MetaFilter on a monthly basis. In a perfect world, if that number was in the several thousands, we could actually start thinking about eliminating ads and Google from MeFi entirely, but in a realistic world, I think it'd be great to get towards 1,000 monthly supporters.
We're going to be adding an optional line to user pages that denotes you are helping fund MeFi, and that should roll out later today. We'll also be sending out an automatic email to every previous supporter to let them optionally tie the old donations to their user account here. Everyone using the new funding page will be automatically marked from here on out.
I also wrote a more general overview of the entire situation
over at Medium, if you'd like to know more about the background of what went down.