I agree that it's a great idea. I don't think this community has reached 'club' status in the traditional sense, and is an online community more than anything else. The donate option would give people the opportunity to contribute, even if they don't wish to pay for premium membership. Who knows, some people would possibly donate more than once, and give a few quid as the fancy takes them.
Personally I would not mind a voluntary anuual fee of a few quid and become say " Forum Subscriber " or some such title if people wanted any sort of recoginition, I wouldn't be bothered about this myself.
I'm very happy with the Forum services that are provided to me as a Forum member and think it unlikely that I would make much, if any, use of the extra facilities that Club Members receive.
I suppose the easiest option for me and others like me is to just pay for the lowest Club Membership package. I feel that I have to do something soon as this a great Forum, I would hate to see it go and I don't like the idea of freeloading on other peoples efforts and cash.
Of course there is also an argument that people who post a lot of good and useful stuff, particularly in the Tech Rooms shouldn't have to contribute cash as they more than make up for it by giving advice. I can relate to this but do not feel that I fall into this category although I can think of quite a few Forum members who certainly do. How, if at all, could this be resolved ? Methinks not at all so the easiest course would be to leave things as they are and hope that the finances of running this Forum can keep it going. Would hate to wake up one morning and find that the Forum has had to close due to funding difficulties.
I know there have been other Threads on this subject before but as I have now been on here a little longer I think that my ideas are more formulated.
I look forward to other peoples views, particularly from people like myself that have a credible post count but are still " just " Forum members.