As some of you know UnitedOperations.net has been ran primarily as a hobby by those involved. Not just our Officers, but our Regulars and Members alike put forward a great deal of time and effort into their participation with the community. Over time there is always an ebb and a flow to how these things go about, and regardless of intentions situations change. Our community has a financial obligation that is supported in large part by its userbase, both Members and Regulars alike. Some months are obviously better than others in meeting our minimum obligations. Even with these considerations our donation goals are occasionally not meet. Add on to that the financial and tax burden associated with the community it can become a rather large issue when donations become infrequent and or a very small portion of members are putting forward to support the community.
This topic is meant to serve as an interest and evaluation of how we continue to go forward in the community and try to better serve our userbase, be it Members and or Regulars.
With this in mind I am always interested in your opinions and what you would like to see improved and or addressed with regards to your participation with us at present and in the future. Our primary goal regardless of what this poll results in is to better support and promote the community in a higher level of gameplay while done in a Mature and Professional manner.
With the above considered, I am not looking to force people to "pay" to continue to "play" within the community nor force people out whom are unable to. That has never been a goal for this community, and regardless of Policy nor Charter or SOP, this is put forward to better refocus the community. If a result of this is that those that do participate and are more involved in the community have a stronger desire to see it continue and or improve, that is all the better. The goal is as always to deliver a higher level of play and quality compared to the common public server experience.
General Discussion Phase - Notes/Updated
Notes for Members/Guests/Etc - UnitedOperations.net takes money to operate. Donations are nice, but they have been very disproportionate to involvement. Financial hardships have been incurred by running this community and it is required that the community be able to support itself. This is happening in one way or form, regardless of the poll, but the poll is to serve as a basis for what is manageable and sustainable for the community.
You will not be "required" to pay to play.
You will not be "required" to pay to use Forums.
You will not be "required" to pay to use Teamspeak.
Those that can pay, may receive abilities over and above their peers, in the forum of advertisement removal, teamspeak channel hosting, and so forth.
If you donate, you are in no way guaranteed service, all donations are being consider an overhead for the community to keep it running.
If you have donated and are in turn banned for what ever reason, you will not be receiving any credit back based upon what you have put forward.
There will be no price distinction between any user in the community, be it Member/Regular/Officer.
There will be a "discount" for those that can donate for longer a duration, as the fees associated with these less than more frequent transactions.
F.A.Q. & Miscellaneous Category
Treat this topic as a discussion for means and manners to support the community.
If you do not care to support the community nor wish to make suggestions, I would ask that you do not involve yourself with this discussion.
I am always open to more suggestions or services and features that you would like to see added into the community.