Over the years, there's been a lot of people asking for a donate button here on permies. Paul made a big thread about different ways to donate to the empire. But, what if you want a simple easy way to donate to permies?
We've got you covered! Here on permies, we have a thing called PIE. It stands for "Permaculture Inner-circle Elite." It's a direct thing way to support the site, and it comes with lots of tasty perks!
How buying PIE helps permies:
Running a site like permies costs money, even with an all volunteer staff of moderators. Here's some of the costs a site like this incurs:
The server bill! While Paul owns the server, there's a heafty bill for bandwidth every month.
Bandwidth for permies (and all the images it hosts) is about $200 to $300 per month, average.
Locating and fixing glitches to keep permies running smoothly
New developments for the site. If you'd love, say, an improved mobile version, buying pie is a great way to support it!
What's so great about permies?
Permies is the largest permaculture forum on the web. It is a place full of helpful advice and years of knowledge. We're a community of people focused on supporting and helping one another. And in the process, we've created and stored a lot of knowledge and pictures. Here's just some of the reasons that permies is special:
People like you! Permies is full of nice, helpful people like you that are focused on solutions, rather than being weighed down by the gunk of the world
Permies is free! We're a forum devoted to building perennial knowledge and helping one another. This knowledge is out there for the world to find--not hidden behind a paywall
We're focused on building a better world and transforming it through permaculture and homesteading. This is our mission, and we've shared knowledge with millions of people!
Permies covers a wide range of subjects, everything from earthbag buildings to textile tools to llamas. If you have a permaculture or homesteading question, chances are, we have a forum for it!
What's in it for you?
Instead of permies just having a donate button where you give money and receive warm-fuzzy feelings in return, we have a donate button that not only gives you the warm fuzzies, it also gives you cool perks! Perks like:
Two thumbs-up! Really like a post? Now you can give it two-thumbs up!
A thumbs-down button! Even facebook doesn't give you a thumbs-down button, but permies does!
The ability to give pie away, and send a little message in the process. Do you think someone's post is really impressive and want to thank them? Now you can send them a personal message saying thank you! See someone having a hard day? You can send them a piece of pie with a heartfelt message to brighten it. Or you can chose to send the pie anonymously. There's lots of options!
"The Green Line"--this is a little green line that shows you what post you last read in a thread, so it's easy to skim and find where you last read! This is a huge time-saver!
"Go to first unread post" -- you can choose to have it so when you open a thread, you're instantly taken to the first unread post. No more scrolling to find it!
Remove ads! Hate seeing those pesky ads? Hate how they make it longer for the page to load (or use up bandwidth), now you can turn them off. And, you can turn off those tiny ads in your emails, too!
Exclusive content! There's quite a few goodies tucked away in the PIE Only forum, and more on the way!
Exclusive private forum hidden away from google! Have a question you'd like to ask, but don't want google knowing about it? Post it in PIE Only!
And much, much, MUCH more! Check out all the benefits HERE!
If you're wanting to support permies.com and keep it running strong--and get some awesome perks in the process--buy some slices of pie!