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Feb 10 2013

Or just put “na na na na na”

Hey have you noticed that button way down in the left hand margin?

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Feel free to use it. Don’t feel obliged, but do feel free. It’s like PBS and NPR, or like museums with those boxes for cash in the hall. If you feel like supporting FTB, there’s the button.

We got a big donation the day before yesterday. From what it said in the line for “purpose” and from the timing, I strongly suspect it was motivated by the upsurge in harassment in the past few days. It would be a beautiful, a moving way to cause regret and disappointment to the harassers, if every time they ratcheted it upward, we got a surge in donations. They’ll be feeling it right now, because I’m saying this. Thanks, harassers!

We would love to be able to drop advertising altogether and rely on donations and subscriptions instead. You can put “to say fuck you to the harassers” in the purpose line, if you want to.

The button is for FTB as a whole, by the way. Some of us have individual tip jars too, but I haven’t done that yet.

Update via Josh:

You do not have to have a PayPal account to donate.

You can just use your ordinary debit/credit card and PayPal will process it like a normal credit card transaction. PP makes it hard to notice, but go back to the donate button, click it, and you’ll see there are options to log in to PayPal or to simply pay with your credit card.

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  1. 1
    Lou Doench

    I may well do that… although first I should check my paypal account and figure out how much I am already doing that around the rest of the blogosphere. It can be so easy to lose track of these things.

  2. 2
    llewelly

    I actually need to scroll down 13 pages to see it.

  3. 3
    NateHevens, resident SOOPER-GENIUS... apparently...

    The problem here is PayPal. I’m literally not allowed to use PayPal. It isn’t just my email address. They have my debit card (my only card, BTW), blocked. I don’t want to go into details (it’s amazingly stupid, actually), and yes, I’ve contacted them about this.

    I wish there was a non-Paypal option to donate/subscribe… :(

  4. 4
    Josh, Official SpokesGay

    Ophelia–I think this comment is worth modifying your OP.

    You do not have to have a PayPal account to donate.

    You can just use your ordinary debit/credit card and PayPal will process it like a normal credit card transaction. PP makes it hard to notice, but go back to the donate button, click it, and you’ll see there are options to log in to PayPal or to simply pay with your credit card.

  5. 5
    hjhornbeck

    To elaborate on Josh’s comment, you only need a Paypal account if you want to make a recurring donation. I just fired FtB some cash without having to log in to Paypal. Can’t comment on NateHevens’ situation, but for a while I was blocked too (email address).

    Speaking of which, Bensen, I mentioned you explicitly when making my donation. You’ve rapidly become my favorite blogger on this network, not just for your courage to keep plugging away as a small minority of the skeptical community dumps garbage on you, but for the topics you cover. You take an international approach to feminist issues, which I find quite addicting. At the same time, you treat your readers as if we’re all close friends.

    Keep it up, and please get a you-specific donation thing-a-ma-jigger. It’ll save me from typing “na na na na na….”

  6. 6
    Bjarte Foshaug

    Goes on my list :)

  7. 7
    sheila

    Sorry to be completely off topic, but I thought people would want to know:
    Pope Benedict has announced his resignation, effective from the end of the month. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-21411304 He says it’s for health reasons, which is perfectly possible, but I can’t help wondering if that’s the real reason.

    Back on topic, I finally got around to giving money to Acid Survivors Trust International, as promised back in January. I’ll see if I can spare a bit for FTB later in the month. You certainly deserve it.

  8. 8
    GarbageGang

    I see Ophelia and her minions have been false flagging YouTube videos and trying to get accounts closed down.

    Fuck your Creationist Stazi culture.

    You will NEVER silence us.

  9. 9
    Ophelia Benson

    No, Garbage, you see no such thing. You just make shit up and announce it as if it were fact. That video that Hansen did attacking me? I was told about it, but it was already flagged when I was told about it. I never saw it, or flagged it.

    And it’s not “false flagging.” That’s more bullshit. The flagging button is there for a reason.

    Of course, that affects me too. All those vitriolic videos I’ve made about Hansen – they all got flagged as bullying and harassment.

    Oh wait – I haven’t made any vitriolic videos about Hansen or anyone else.

    Thanks for the fundraising! You’re a gem!

  10. 10
    Julie

    Finally got of my butt and subscribed. Thanks for the reminder.

    I used “to say fuck you to the harassers” but I that’s not the only reason I joined.

  11. 11
    Bernard Bumner

    YouTube’s Community Guidelines:

    When a video gets flagged as inappropriate, we review the video to determine whether it violates our Terms of Use—flagged videos are not automatically taken down by the system. If we remove your video after reviewing it, you can assume that we removed it deliberately and you should take our warning notification seriously.

    Presumably to succeed this Creationist Stazi conspiracy to silence dissent would require the complicity of YouTube?

    Fuck your Creationist Stazi culture.

    I understand each of those words, and yet the meaning of this sentence eludes me. Remember, kids – don’t rage and write.

  12. 12
    Ophelia Benson

    I know, isn’t that classic? This blog is all about Creationism and Staziness. Fits to a T. Brilliant description.

  13. 13
    dianne

    Any interest in going Scalzi (as opposed to your usual Stazi, I suppose) and getting pledges like will donate X per harassing or obnoxious comment? If it isn’t too much work to be worth it*, it’d be a very specific way to say thank you to the harassers.

    *And I must admit that it probably is.

  14. 14
    Ophelia Benson

    Lots of interest in doing something similar to Scalzi – or rather, Foshaug, since Bjarte thought of it before Scalzi did AND PROBABLY INSPIRED HIM you’re welcome. But squeamish about making it an actual pledge because of not wanting to do anything coercive-like.

    I have to do the PayPal TO ME thing, that’s what. Nothing will annoy them more than funding an occasional chocolate treat for me via their obsessive harassment, so that’s the way to go. Not to mention the fact that as a starving freelance I actually need funding.

  15. 15
    Josh, Official Spokesgay

    Get on that PayPal For Ophelia thing. I call dibs on the first hundred dollars.

  16. 16
    rnilsson

    I have to do the PayPal TO ME thing, that’s what.

    So, get going already, $Person! My clicking finger is getting cramps.
    Ah, I see Off.Josh beat me to it and outbid me. For now. Anyway, go on!

  17. 17
    Ophelia Benson

    Done!

  18. 18
    Bjarte Foshaug

    Lots of interest in doing something similar to Scalzi – or rather, Foshaug, since Bjarte thought of it before Scalzi did AND PROBABLY INSPIRED HIM you’re welcome.

    That would be so cool! Of course I in turn got the idea from Surly Amy, so she gets the main credit. I’m a bit short on cash at the moment, but signed up for a monthly pledge to both FTB and B&W (Take that haters!). Give Cooper a giant hug from me next time you see him :)

  19. 19
    Ophelia Benson

    I will do that! Next time I see him will be Saturday, when he returns home with his suitcase covered in stickers.

  20. 20
    NateHevens, resident SOOPER-GENIUS... apparently...

    Josh, when your card is blocked, you can’t even use it without logging in. It doesn’t matter what method I use… I can’t use my debit card on anything associated with PayPal. Again: they blocked my card. That’s a whole different level.

  21. 21
    oursally

    I am going to subscribe now. I dedicate this money to GarbageGang. The more it squirts evil, the more I subscribe.

  22. 22
    tonyinbatavia

    I’m a little late to the party, but GarbageGang just inspired another donation. Well done! I just joined oursally in dedicating my donation to you.

    Now run along and tell all your little friends that you personally inspired people to put money into Ophelia’s pocket. Get. And don’t let the severe disappointment that you were personally responsible for adding to Ophelia’s coffers get you down in the least; with that peanut-sized brain of yours running at a customary 41 percent, I’m certain that you can find a way to spin it so that your whiny, spittle-flecked crew doesn’t believe for a minute that you might be the monumental idiot that everyone else knows you to be. Shoo, now.

  23. 23
    Ophelia Benson

    :D

    You’ve got the spirit of the thing admirably!

    And thank you.

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