Direct donations to Freeflarum have worked well for me, I don’t have to handle the money transfers, nothing is made to me and I have no idea who has donated, just the amount given. This suits me very well as I feel it should be completely anonymous and that even I don’t need to know. It’s also easy and as I am basically lazy, it’s working for me. https://coffeetime.freeflarum.com/d/854-donations-new-process
We had a nice note from one of the main support team guys from Freeflarum, so I thought I would share it here for you all. It is tough for them as I know they struggle to keep the performance as they would like it, so the money helps them. Clearly though, we are making a difference. So thank you to everyone who has donated to them.
Coffeetime to be featured on the main FreeFlarum page(?)
first of all, thank you so much for donating to FreeFlarum - your forum has donated the most euros so far, and it’s crazy! I wanted to contact you for some time now and thank you but I didn’t have the time, so I am doing it in this E-mail now. I am very humbled by your continuous commitment towards helping the FreeFlarum project stay sustainable for a long period of time! Sincerely, thank you for that.
While I can’t do much for your community in return (other than that it will have a special place at FreeFlarum, and also my heart), I am currently reaching out to owners of some of the most successful and awesome FreeFlarum forums.
As you might’ve heard, I am currently re-designing and re-coding a large portion of FreeFlarum. And it’s almost complete. I was just thinking of featuring some images of a couple of FreeFlarum forums on the FreeFlarum website (otherwise the page looks empty and boring). I am sure that some nice images will make people fall in love with Flarum, and hopefully they will choose it as their forum. This will bring more attention to Flarum, FreeFlarum, and also your forum (I will put a link to your forum under your image, so people can follow that), which means that everyone could benefit from this.
Here’s the current look of the re-designed main page at the development server: https://freeflarum.dev. Some things are still unfinished and in development, but the gallery is pretty much done, and will give you an idea of what I have in mind - I just need some images. I have attached a screenshot of your forum in this E-mail - this could be placed into the showcase for people to see.
I need to ask you if I may use this image of your forum in the gallery at the upcoming FreeFlarum page? I’m looking forward to your response
Obviously I am happy for us to be featured on their main page.
Membership continues to grow and the post count has stabilised at a reasonably healthy level, which should mean the forum doesn’t die from a lack of interest. I believe we are almost certainly the busiest coffee forum in the UK. As well as probably the best completely non commercial coffee forum 😉 but that’s a Carlsberg “probably”.
The classifieds section is going well, please read the post on how best to place adverts…I see many adverts with the text first, don’t, put the image first and then the image will appear in the new discussions list. Trust me it has more impact.
Moderation: Generally nothing much is required, there is a high level of antispam protection, so we really don’t seem to get any. I get the odd post flagged (thanks), but in general very little work is needed. The biggest PITA is when I am asked to split off bits of a discussion, but that’s not too often. So I want to thank you all for making the community a pleasant place to visit and participate in. Lets keep it friendly and productive, I have seen what happens to a forum when that doesn’t happen.
Definitely check out the knowledgebase and if you’re writing articles, perhaps try and write them there so we can make it more of a resource. It can be tricky to find the nuggets in posts sometimes.
That’s all for this month!