You may have noticed the "donate" buttons in a few places on the site. They'll probably come down soon, largely because people seem to think they get special privileges, faster posting, etc. if they donate. Nope. Lame. openmikes.org is free, it stays free, all the features, for everybody.
And getting something for nothing seems wrong. OK, not nothing, running the site isn't free. Takes time. Takes Money.
Still, I think a version where:
- You get something.
- You know what the benefits are.
- You still get to use the whole site whether you give or not.
works best. So. You know those ads? From nice people like TheStage and so on? They're here because, frankly, they help keep the lights on. They're not going anywhere, I'll take them as long as they'll let me.
But maybe you've seen them enough. OK, you can help defray the costs another way. But not for nothing -- this is even better, because you're helping out a fellow musician.
If you either purchase my CD "Acrophobe" ($6), or purchase the instant-download version (for at least $4), and email me to let me know you did so, I'll set your account to the magical "no more ads" status. Forever.
For this to work, you need an account. You may or may not have one yet (see the FAQ). And you'll need to be logged in. The site is not psychic (yet).
You do have the option to download the CD for free; go right ahead, please -- but that won't spare you the ads, sorry.
Let's just see how this goes...
p.s.: if you've donated in the past and want in on the ad-free list, drop me an email