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    I'm new to Freesound and I think you are justified in requesting a donation. I noticed that after I clicked to close the popup it quit appearing upon my download. The popup was not obtrusive just that I was busy and I was happy to make a donation when I was done search, but when I went back to do so I decided not to for the following: I (like a couple of other folks) will not use Paypal and I'd like to see US currency not just Euro on the donation form.

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    A small annual fee from frequent users (such as me) would make sense. For ad hoc users, I suggest that you limit the number of free downloads and then request a donation after that number has been reached. Given alternatives such as Premiumbeat.com and Shutterstock.com, I think that would be reasonable...

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    I've set up a monthly donation. But I'd heavily encourage you to start using Patreon for donations as well.

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    Haa.. ha.. ha..

    Thank you alastairp.

    That should teach me to do my homework in future!
    I will do my best, but probably fail again anyway and fall back on blaming dementia.

    Well pride in my own brilliance once again turns to tail-between-legs.

    And I was imagining the ego competition between all the billionaire philanthropists lurking among the membership.

    Wibby

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    strangely_gnarled wrote:
    An incentive to encourage donations.

    Create a page called, for example, "Hall of Patrons".
    (No; Not called "for example "Hall of Patrons"". Just "Hall of Patrons", silly.)

    On donations page add 3 option buttons

    Like http://freesound.org/donations/donors/, you mean?

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    An incentive to encourage donations.

    Create a page called, for example, "Hall of Patrons".
    (No; Not called "for example "Hall of Patrons"". Just "Hall of Patrons", silly.)

    On donations page add 3 option buttons

    1 Show my name and amount given
    2 Show my name only
    3 Just add my donation to the Anonymous Total

    Some donors might be encouraged by the publicity, others by the privacy. Discourages nobody.

    I really like the current uncluttered and focused format; It sets Freesound positively apart from the garish cluttered mess of the bulk of the internet. I would be sad to see that change and possibly be the thin edge of the wedge to becoming totally Googlified. However I do understand the problem and the need to change for survival may be inevitable.

    Regards,
    Wibby

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    Dear Freesound team,

    Your message is very clear and understandable. In order to keep any internet community that expands like this alive and kicking you'll need some funding on one form or another.
    What I appreciate very much is the clarity and transperant way in which you communicate this. Unlike SoundCloud (of which I still am an active member because of global connections with other composers / musicians), that generates money (nothing very wrong with that) by including uploaded material that was marked as copyrighted / non-downloadable in their "free" off-line listening service.
    Returning to Freesound, I would not mind contributing a small yearly fee to sustain and improve what Freesound currently is.
    To me Freesound is not only a cloud from which to download free sounds, but mostly a community allowing me to learn from others, contact others and possibly get feedback other sound workers. Thank you for recognizing that and for sharing your motivation on continuing the service in a sustainable way.

    With regards,
    Ad van Gerven

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    Hello creative community:
    I am looking for a positive-in-tone, shimmering crystal/chimes sound that would play on top of a shimmering diamond. Approximately 4 to 6 seconds in length.
    I have been looking for hours and can not find a good match.
    Anyone have something?

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    Hey, I'm in search for short, loud shouts from a group of people.

    Pretty much how they shout in this Naruto track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daPo6q4FXDw

    I would love to have several sounds, and not a simple "Hey!" because these are already in every trap track grin

    Thank you! <3

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    Even though I do not own a Zoom F8, I have been using the great Zoom H4N for 9 years now and it has been FANTASTIC. I am a radio producer for a Midwestern public radio station, and the amps on the Zooms are great--both for interviews AND for more arts/creative recording that I often do out in nature.
    I'm pretty sure that you will tremendously be satisfied with the F-8.

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    I have no experience with large community sites as these.. but wouldn't it work the way 500px.com and others do: show ads for regular users and visitors?
    For users who want to make a contribution ads will be hidden (let's call them PRO).

    You can probably also work together with audio suppliers and audio recording webshops where you provide exclusive discounts (with affilate link) for Pro users.

    That could already make some difference probabably.

    Or take it a step further: pro users can put a donate button on their profile or next to their downloads where people downloading sounds can give a free donation to the author as a thank you. Either this goes directly to the author (by using paypal / braintree) of you still keep a small percentage for the service.

    Also work on the "people" page: make the pro users stand out. There is also still a bug in the recent activity that is displays sounds that are not approved yet.

    Give people the change to work on their profile. Make it easier to connect an avatar using gravatar of connecting to Facebook profile photo.
    Pro users their uploads can also be activated faster (let's say within 24 hours) instead of 72 for regular users
    and more actively moderate the cool sounds and people to follow...

    Another thing is the licensing of the API for commercial use.. is it used a lot? Can those rates be changed in the future?

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    My first reaction was Patreon. Which could work brilliantly if you had a dedicated volunteer to run it. I'll happily volunteer if need be. Using Patreon instead of a native donation feature built into the site would allow for more and easier promotion of the website and the ability to donate.

    Although, I believe freesound would be capable of building a donation feature directly into their website with no problems. With that being said, perhaps displaying a "badge" on user profiles who donated. Doing this won't necessarily get someone who wouldn't have donated before to do so but it provides a little thank you to donors, and let's the more hardcore users of Freesound show off their deep support for the project.

    In terms of sustainability, increased efforts on social media might yield some results in terms of more users and increased site activity. But again, that would require a lot of effort and another volunteer. Hello! I currently only see MTG's YouTube and Google+ for this. Give the project/site a personality and and regular content schedule, FreeSound will have a large following in no time at all.

    As for opening up Freesound to advertisements. Google Adsense is certainly the easiest way to go. But to ensure the user experience on the site remains positive and unchanged I would put a heavy focus on blacklisting certain types of ads from appearing. It will limit the earnings but at least Freesound users will see more relevant ads. I love that freesound doesn't have ads. I hope we won't have to resort to it.

    As mentioned previously in this thread, opening up special advertising placements to specific partners might prove worthwhile. Sample pack companies and websites are making huge money today with all the up and coming producers and DJs looking to speed up their production times. They might be a good fit. Podcasts creators are always looking for new sounds, and for film and foley artists this website is a goldmine if you put the time into it. There are plenty of services for those niches and professions that I'm certain would love to advertise on this website.

    All in all. I would happily donate a small yearly amount to this website. My first thought is $12USD/yr, $1USD/mo. I'd do that in a heartbeat. I'd certainly go higher. Finding a way to accept cryptocurrency donations could also go a long way. Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin.

    I hope you don't mind the long post. I really hope freesound is here to stay.

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    tag selection doesn't combine tags.

    I only get individual tag choice results.

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    Is there a way to search packs?

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    Can i get a girl to say "four talons" in a sexy voice for me (i'll pay)

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    I have a suggestion: set up a membership system with different types of membership..

    "supporter" / "pro user" (pro FREESOUND) etc. for those who donated in the given calendar year...
    and something involving the color gray for those who did not... and call them mercilessly "guest users" smile smile smile

    all users should have the same level of access, though !!! smile
    and those who contribute content (good content) should be rewarded with a "distinguished contributor" membership, for example smile

    this is a raw idea.. but I'm almost certain that it can be caught .. sorry for this sketchiness smile

    PS:
    "a very small yearly contribution from some of these users"

    I think this concept is not so.. sustainable... cause it suggests that "some" of us are different than the others... whereas this should not be the case...

    I mean.. this is a project... we like it, we use it, we should contribute to its existence, it's that simple.. we all... equally... I mean, relatively equally.. that's why I though up this idea above...

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    The very first model that came to mind after reading this announcement is a website for free video footage called https://www.videvo.net/

    I've contributed there once or twice and I plan to do more as time permits. I've been gathering up some sound bites to contribute to freesound too.

    I think it's great you're taking a step towards getting the funding you need to continue freesound.

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    Bram wrote: if we just open up for google ads it would mean you will get cat-food offered via Freesound, that might be ... nasty.

    I get you. It's hard to do advertising right. Usually if we are to opt into ad placements it's kind of just like opening the flood-gates right.

    It could be done right by offering an ad package to relevant sellers/merchants rather that going down the google ads route. Food for thought anyway.

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    biz001 wrote:
    Thank you. Please post a link for donation and accept payments via paypal. .

    We currently have one on the front page! -> https://freesound.org/donations/donate/

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    klankbeeld wrote:
    Up-loaders themselves can put this piece of text into the comment field of their sound;
    "When you use this sound, it would be nice if you spent a voluntarily donation to freesound". I've been doing that for years.
    Sometimes I get a request from someone who wants to pay for a noise from me. I send them this suggestion.

    In the past, I always had a link to the freesound donation page, but do not use it anymore, cause the link is different every year and I do not feel like replacing all my old links every year. Find a solution.
    Maybe it's an idea to make such a link editable on my personal page. As a result, the link will be accurate on each of my new and pending sounds.
    I know people who have used my link to your page.

    With our new donations system, the URL to donate is always the same! We understand that some people don't like using Paypal. Unfortunately, when finding a solution which works well for us as well as potential supporters, we know that we probably can't do something that's perfect for everyone. We'll keep looking at other ways that we can improve this (and if we get more donations we will have more resources to do that!)

    AlienXXX wrote:
    what about advertising?

    I can't think of a better place to advertise recording equipment!
    And also instruments (Acoustic and electronic), effects, sound software.
    And, since sounds will always be infinite... even makers of paid-for sound packs could be interested in advertising here.

    We've thought a lot about advertising in freesound. Our preference is to not have blanket ads like what google adsense provides, because we have very little power in choosing what kinds of ads would appear on freesound.
    If we choose to go in the other direction and build our own ads and choose them manually, there is a balance that we have to make between the cost of doing this and the value we get out of it (and the value we give to potential advertisers).
    We are still thinking about the best way to approach this, but for now we are interested in focusing our effort on donations.