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I’m wondering about the sponsors of agnostic.com. I know we’re not being asked to chip in, but someone has to be paying the bills, right? It’s something of a meme that “if you're not paying for the product, you are the product'”. So what gives? Is our personal data private? Is this being paid for by some wealthy benefactors? What’s the story, eh?
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I can't believe I never thought about this, I'd have thought I'd have noticed the lack of ad's, but I didn't! Thanks, now I have some investigating to do 🤔

DavidMiller1 Level 4 Jan 2, 2019
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Well, as membership rises, so will the attraction of ads/funding.I'm sure this started as a personal blog that grew to what it is now. Like another member stated, hosting is very cost friendly and sponsers are very particular where they throw money at.

MikeMiller1 Level 4 Jan 1, 2019
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I had not thought of this before but it IS an interesting question.

oosbray Level 4 Jan 1, 2019
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Hosting a website is extremely cheap these days. So there isn’t much cost to consider.

indirect76 Level 7 Dec 27, 2018
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Well....even though it may harm me mentally, physically, and financially at sometime in the distant future....its the only addiction in my life I've been able to afford...so I guess I'll just keep puffing, putting, posting along until something changes.

HankSherman Level 7 Dec 26, 2018
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Start a conspiracy theory: We have all been tagged and are in a holding pattern for the round up. Good news - we all get to meet in person.

Beowulfsfriend Level 7 Dec 25, 2018
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Good question.

LiterateHiker Level 8 Dec 25, 2018
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That is a very good question indeed. So is it individuals? Organisations? What will happen to the server if they stop contributing?

tsallinia Level 4 Dec 25, 2018
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Something, something, gift horse, ...
I guess

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Nothing like having a site for agnostics and atheists to attract the skeptics and critical thinkers. Onya Jerry! smile002.gif

MsDemeanour Level 7 Dec 25, 2018
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"Our funding comes from private individuals who want to promote a positive image of atheists, agnostics, humanists and other secular views."

I think that's all the site operator wants you to know. smile001.gif

John_Tyrrell Level 7 Dec 25, 2018
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How much funding$$ is required to own/ maintain a website such as this one? Just curious

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@Soarfeet not a lot...I would contribute if asked. You?

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I think the total cost is fairly significant. Besides the server/storage/bandwidth, there's a huge amount of work in developing and maintaining the software, regardless of whether it's homegrown, open source or a commercial product - some combination would be my guess. Then they've indicated that they spend a fair amount on advertising and promotion. Further the ongoing administration requires a lot of work. I'd imagine a fair amount is volunteer-based, but it seems reasonable that some of it is paid staff.
And yes, I'd be willing to contribute if it meant that my info was private.

@jerry99 That's a fair point. However, the fact that you don't pay doesn't mean that your privacy is for sale. Maybe they do indeed respect it. I mean think about it, is this the best investment in the world? Why would you spend millions to have some personal info of a few atheists? Also, there are projects who are completely free and they respect your privacy (wikileaks for example).

@tsallinia It’s the lack of transparency that concerns me

@jerry99 No you are absolutely right on that one. I read through the forum's FAQs etc and it's not transparent at all. Maybe this post can be a nice start to gain more openness in our favourite social . network.

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Good question. “Follow the Money”

ADKSparky Level 7 Dec 25, 2018
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Merry Netwonday! smile001.gif

Admin Level 8 Dec 25, 2018
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So it's a present in honor of Ikie?

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