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Old 04-24-2005, 12:13 AM  
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Support the site.

It's been over 2 years since ChiefsPlanet has asked for any donations to assist in the operation costs of running a site this size.

As many of you know, I acquired half ownership in ChiefsPlanet recently. Kyle and I share expenses and income now. Unfortunately, the expenses are much larger than the income. We have developed a plan to make this site self sufficient within 6 months. That plan is in progress currently. We promised a trimmed database and improved performance for draft weekend. We delivered. We're going to continue to deliver on these promises.

We're going to purchase the upgrade to vBulletin and cease with this beta version. We're going to upgrade the front page. We're going to offer value added incentives to subscribe to this site while continuing to keep it free for those who are unable or unwilling to pay. We're going to become more active in ChiefsPlanet sponsored activities in the area including tailgating. We're going to take on advertisers/sponsors in a way that will not intrude upon your browsing pleasure. We're going to collaborate with other Chiefs related sites for even more entertainment value. We're going to open a merchandise store - a real store, not a cafepress hack. We're going to continue listening to you in order to keep this your site as much as it is Kyle's or mine.

This site provides a lot of entertainment value, IMO. You pay $50 a month to brick and mortar establishments in which you spend less time relaxing and enjoying yourself. You easily drop $100 on a couple hours at dinner and beverages. I'm not going to tell you what to give, but I am going to ask you to really think about what this site is worth to you. I'm going to ask for your maximum contribution because this is the last time I'll ask. After this, ChiefsPlanet is on her own (meaning that the site will be financially viable without donations). If you have to spread out your contribution over the next several months, that's perfectly fine. We're going to leave the gift doors open until Red Friday.

If you use paypal, please click here. or click the button graphic below (same destination).










If you're more comfortable sending a check:
Phil Kloster
7410 Larson Ave
KC, MO 64133

It has been a pleasure hanging out with you guys out here for the past 5 years. We look forward to knocking back some beverages with each of you at a future event.

Regards,

Kyle and Phil

p.s. When I organized a our donations drives several years ago, it was always the same, dependable people opening their wallets. We appreciate those people very much, but if more of you would contribute it would lessen the load on those guys. I hate to see a minority carrying the weight of a website that supposedly has 5,000 subscribers (and quadruple that in lurkers). FWIW, Lurkers and guests are eligible to support the site as well. Bandwidth is bandwidth. Students, we accept Pell grants, foodstamps, and keggar wrist bands.

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Old 04-24-2005, 06:25 AM   #16
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Hey, I donated before, I'll donate again!

Right now, I'm afraid money is a little tight (paying my own way through school and all that) so I will probably have to send a little at a time. But there is no doubt about the value of this site to me, and to many other Chief fans.

Thanks for all your hard work, guys!
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Old 04-24-2005, 06:38 AM   #17
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I will send a check this Friday when I get paid.

Question: Can the board members that send money call themselves "Real" fans? Sorry, couldn't resist a dig at the king.
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Old 04-24-2005, 07:04 AM   #18
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Donation sent. Thanks for providing one of the best forums on the 'net!
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Old 04-24-2005, 07:06 AM   #19
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Old 04-24-2005, 08:10 AM   #20
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Will send some moeny as soon as I can. Love the site.

I have a bag of clothes I was going to give to Goodwill. If you guys are struggling I can send you that as well. I am sure you will enjoy the stylish gear/outdated fashion. I sware I only wore the undies a few times. I recently switched from boxers to boxer briefs.
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Old 04-24-2005, 08:20 AM   #21
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Old 04-24-2005, 08:32 AM   #22
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Thaks for all you do, Phil and Kyle

Donation sent via PayPal. I've been freeloading long enough. Hope it helps.

Keep up the good work.
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Old 04-24-2005, 08:36 AM   #23
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I will send a check this Friday when I get paid.

Question: Can the board members that send money call themselves "Real" fans? Sorry, couldn't resist a dig at the king.
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Old 04-24-2005, 08:38 AM   #24
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Since I'm a "Real" Chiefs fan I my as well be a "Real" Planeteer. One more newbie contributor on board.
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Old 04-24-2005, 08:39 AM   #25
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I paid and I will pay more after the first of the month. Thanks Phil and Kyle for all that you do and have done. I can't live without ChiefsPlanet.
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Old 04-24-2005, 08:41 AM   #26
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I WILL send a check (I've had my paypal account stolen twice, no more)

Thanks for all you do guys. I don't know what I would do without all the info and entertainment the site provides to me. Keep up the great work

Here's to the Chiefs Planet
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Old 04-24-2005, 08:47 AM   #27
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This is a great site, and I certainly don't mind DONATING some money to assist with costs.

However, can you please explain what REVENUES you will have in 6 months? Is this going to turn into a paid site?

Mark, wants to know what he'll be supporting.
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Old 04-24-2005, 08:50 AM   #28
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I used to be one of those lurkers for the first year or so, but now things have changed. Its a great place to get my chiefs news when I don't live in KC. You have my support.
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Old 04-24-2005, 08:54 AM   #29
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Sure - sorry I wasn't more clear in the starter.

Our plans are to solicite advertisers and sponsors for the site. This will become the bulk of the revenue. We're also opening a Chiefs store in which we'll carry our own ChiefsPlanet merchandise alongside officially licensed NFL gear. Finally, we're planning to offer premium content/features for a nominal subscription to our members. The subscription will be entirely optional and non-subscribers will be able to access the board just as they do now. It will be a more professional way of taking donations. I don't think that's a "pay site" where you're forced to pay or no access, but your definition may vary.
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Old 04-24-2005, 09:06 AM   #30
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Finally, we're planning to offer premium content/features for a nominal subscription to our members. The subscription will be entirely optional and non-subscribers will be able to access the board just as they do now.
Hmm. When will we know the benefits of being a subscriber?
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