Let's at least gather some going away money!
Posted Jul 25, 2002 11:47 UTC (Thu) by DeletedUser2767
Parent article: The end of the road
I like the idea from an earlier comment, where the poster
(fiber_guy?) suggested a pledge challenge. He put in
$100, some others put in a $100 to match it.
I'm ready to put in $100 also. But we all need to understand
that this money is a going-away present. All the talk about
trimming costs by removing whitespace from the pages? I'm only
guessing, but that's probably not the real problem.
Liz, Jon, et al. deserve to make a living. Not many of us would
do what they do for the pay they get. Unless we can get enough
money to make this job at least not suck from a pay
perspective, then we're just insulting them. "I'm addicted to
your wonderful writing, please continue going broke so I can get
my fix" ain't gonna hack it.
And unfortunately, this would be serious moola. Let's say
we'd like to pay Liz and Jon each 1/2 of a livable wage. With taxes,
we're probably talking $100k/year. That means we need 1,000 people
to match the pledge.
I hope it happens. Still, I also hope that people will cough up
some money either way, whether it is a going-away present or an
attempt to keep them afloat.
I haven't put my money in yet. I'm going to wait and see if Liz
and Jon want to try to buy some time from the donations, at which
point I'll sign up for a recurring charge on my card (rather than a
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