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I think you are right Heike, I'll pay the $3 per month initially but I'll add a donations box (this will become possible once the new Ning is rolled out). Any surplus can go to Survival International.
We will lose a few features, such as events, the music player, uploaded videos and chat, but there are ways around this I think- events can be announced on the forum or in blogs, videos and sounds can be linked to if they reside on another server somewhere. The header may also have to be redesigned as the cheap plan doesn't allow you to change the CSS, but I'm sure most people won't notice!
so far you haven't put the donation box up although you must have been paying the fee! Are you going to do this so we can all contribute or are you reconsidering? It has gone very, very, very quiet here...