Black People : Destee.. re:why dont those who love this site support it

Discussion in 'Black People Open Forum' started by PoeticManifesta, Oct 15, 2006.

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Is your financial support dependent upon an accounting of every dime?

  1. Yes

    7.1%
  2. No

    92.9%
  1. PoeticManifesta

    PoeticManifesta Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Im just tired of this question being asked...
    and everyone seems to all of a sudden be at a loss for words..
    when amongst eachother they can speak freely as to why they arent supportting the site...
    Well Destee...:uhh:
    I cant support anymore because im broke... and almost fully dependant on financial aid.. since my primary income is used to pay my college loans.
    But the questions that keep floating around you but nobody has dared to ask you is....
    What does this money go to?
    the software you use you purchase the license to....?
    You have mentioned that you own your server in the past..
    Despite manys' love for this community...
    support usually dosent require money...
    since many think they support this community invaluably (is that a word?)
    in other ways....
    But basically...
    I think that youd get an increased volume of supporters...
    If ppl didnt think that they were paying for your press n curls...
    and seen how this money is being spent..
    overall..
    especially with newer members..
    they ask..
    where does this money go to...
    ppl love to support the community.. you see this in the forums...
    they love you.. you see this in the forums..
    they just dont want to support you..
    but most would love to support the forums...
    they just want to see where the money is going...
    those who do/ or have supported the forum... trust that the money goes to the site....
    but where is the question...
    It may be none of thier business..
    but if it isnt..
    at least let them know.
    :blowkiss:
     
  2. Destee

    Destee destee.com STAFF

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    Sister PoeticManifesta ... you're asking questions that have been asked and answered before. No matter, i'll respond to them again, in full, later. I've been up all night, and am going to go to sleep after class, which is still going on now.

    You peeked my interest though, in being able to find out how many Members don't help because they don't have a list of where every single dime goes. If you don't mind, i'm going to add that poll to this thread ... so we can get a tally ... k?

    I'll respond to this ... i promise.

    Much Love and Peace.

    :heart:

    Destee
     
  3. Destee

    Destee destee.com STAFF

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    Okay Family ... the poll has been added ... please let me know if this is why you don't financially support the community.

    Thanks.

    :heart:

    Destee
     
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    Not that I feel this post (my post) is meaningful, but I will just tell you Sistah Destee that this Family/Community has opened my eyes to things I never even thought I would be exposed to, causing me to live a healther, more productive lifestyle. People who don't "have much" have given time to reach out to me, and others like me.

    With that in Mind, I mandate myself to contribute to this Community the best that I can. However, I feel the best wat we can succeed in spite of that is to maintain a strong sense of Unity, even if it has to be over the Internet. I don't see this Community as another BlackVoices, Black Planet, or BET/MTV Online-type mess; I see it as a symbol for what Modern-day Afrikans worldwide should apply to their lives, and emulate after.

    I will stop right there, because the rest of what I could say can't even be put into words...

    KD
     
  5. Omowale Jabali

    Omowale Jabali The Cosmic Journeyman PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I know that I have commented on this before and please forgive me for doing so again. I do not say any of the following to be patronizing and I know that I do not set the best example, but I try.

    To make it clear, I SUPPORT this community UNCONDITIONALLY because I have an UNCONDITIONAL LOVE for Sister Destee and the FAMILY which she has BUILT. This does not mean that I love and respect every member of the Family even though I know I am supposed to. Just as within my own Family I sometimes find it difficult to express Love for those who express Hate towards Me.

    I am here because others have tried to steer me away form this HOME and if I left it would be a victory for them then I know deep inside, at the same time, I would feel a loss.

    Bottomline, I support Black Business, particularly Black WOMEN in Business. Unconditionally. Even though Sister Destee and I have been in disagreement on some issues I am still here probably longer than she even expected.

    In fact, I am waiting for a check deposit to clear so that I can make an even greater contribution than I did last year when I returned HOME.

    'Omowale Jabali' means THE DETERMINED ONE WHO HAS RETURNED HOME TO BE REDEEMED'.

    From being a website developer, I know the basic costs of setting up a site and the vast number of hosting sites and also that as sites increase bandwith so do the costs for maintenance and web hosting. And also now one but Sister Destee knows how much time must also be spent on management tasks.

    $10 a month less than most of us probably spend each day in junk food.

    What I find most disheartening is some of the biggest critics on this site are floks who dont put their mouths where their money is which is why I continue to ask some of them what are YOU (the critics) BUILDING?

    Some people all day and half the night long do nothing but attempt to tear folks down while contributing nothing but HOT AIR!
     
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    NO... i need not know where or account for where it goes because
    i can clearly see that my supporting funds going into the site itself
    and to maintain the up keepings of the site video voice chat / and other
    common things likes of upgrading all the other stuff that goes with that .

    I support Destee.com because not only the love i have for destee but
    the love i have to be here inside destee.com doing what i love to do most
    and because if you never notice i come to this site every day spend my
    online time here so why not support it , i be here .

    So many of us talk the talk and afraid to walk the walk !
    we so afraid we giving a sista a dollar yet we give 90% of our earnings to
    every race / group / creed but our own this where we still blind at.....sad!

    If Destee.com is good enough for you to come in daily sit here hours
    spread wisdom/ love / anger / discuss / write / share whatever then it
    should be good enough to support it beyond questioning every twist of
    it........if not leave ppl need to stop bumppin gums and take action or
    sit back hush and enjoy da free ride.
     
  7. sonnee01

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    Well here's my .2, I really don't think everyone want to know where EVERY dime goes, which really is an honest question, but for those who do, maybe you should tell them, if that is what it's going take for them to support the community willingly, and if you want their support.

    Me personally I don't support the community financially because I am not in a position to do so @ this time.

    Bottom line....... people are going to do what they want to do with their money. If they prefer to spend $10.00 on lunch or give it away, that's their choice, or if they prefer to spend $50.00 a year on another site, then that too is their choice.

    Now on the flip side...this community has been alive and well for a number of years, so what's the fuss.

    Destee you have certain supporters that you very well know will NOT allow this community to fall by the way side, so if you feel that you want to appease some who want to know where EVERY dime goes , than that too is your choice.

    Just my .2



     
  8. That Jones Boy

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    personally I don't have an active credit card.
    the reasons why there are not so many contrbutions maybe varied
    a lot of folk here most likely are not rolling in cash and don't have a lot to spare.
    People are used to forum membership being free many forums are free to set up and run.
    Lot of peope are suspicious of giving out their credit card detials.
    you don't have a lot of publicity about the premier membership.
    Some folk want that bit extra if they pay maybe you could add prestige to it by only allowing paid members to be mods having something they know none paid can't get .

    Knowing where every single dime goes would be extreme but yes I would guess many would think about what here costs and where their contribution goes.
    There maybe some people that might be willing to help out in keeping the forum going but they see there are already quite a few paying members so they would think where does the over flow go.
    They might be willing to help keep the site running but they don't want to be paying for someones new dress or something.
    so I guess if people had more idea of how much keeping here going costs and how much of that cost is already being meet by contributions and what the shortfall was they might be more willing to contribute.

    A lot of folk may not think this place costs much to run and may think the current contributors already cover most of the cost.
    thats just my thoughts anyway.
     
  9. Sami_RaMaati

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    I think students should be exempted from being asked to help pay for the site, but there are working people who can easily afford $10 a month to help support the site who refuse to do so. They could easily cut back on some of the more destructive lifestyle choices ($10 less of cigarettes, beer, drugs, junk food, etc) and would actually get the additional benefit of improved health.

    I also think it unfair to expect an owner of a black business to assure people who pay for its services (the right to post your opinions, information, peotry, literary works, networking info, research, etc., for others to read, and the right to read the read and benefit from same that is posted by other people) that the money the business owner makes is not going to their personal consumption. For all the time, money, energy and effort Destee has put into this site, she has a right to do whatever she pleases with whatever money may be leftover after expenses are paid. Maintaining an internet message board is not a cheap proposition, considering the fact that time is money, and it takes a lot of time to keep this thing going. I have heard it said before by "black" people that the reason they don't support black businesses is because of pure hateration--they can't stand the thought part of the money they pay for the goods and services is going to support the black business owner's lifestyle. Then they turn around and without so much as blinking an eye, plunk down whatever the white, Korean, Arab, Jewish, or Indian business person asks without demanding that these business owners show and prove that part of that money isn't going to pay for their press n curls, etc. I hope Destee is wearing the best of clothes, drives a nice car, lives in a big beautiful home in a beautiful neighborhood, has a head of full whatever hairstyle she prefers, and all the rest. She deserves that and a lot more.
     
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    That Jones Boy

    You don't need a credit card there's an address and money order can be used

    Premium Members get lot more then what none premium members get
    every Mod is a paid member .

    not every paid member is that but a contribute to the cause which can very
    from 2.00 to whatever and we humble embrace there contribution

    the numbers are far lower then any know compared to the user of this site
    and members here out of every 100 members there is 1 sometime 2 paid members
    this site not dying or we refused to die but at the same time it's a struggle to stay
    afloat

    Paid premium members get to host there own class / Private messaging / user CP
    premium members forum and much more just to name a few that none-paid gets

    To everyone don't let numbers fool you because behind the stage it's not grand.
     
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