Status Quo or Status Fictus?


Status Quo or Status Fictus?
by bahmani

Thank God! Finally, discussion is building on how to fund this site!

As a long time writer and supporter, I thankfully have yet another opinion to post here, before it shuts down for good one day. For anyone just joining; regardless of anyone including the owner telling you otherwise, trust me:

This site is not funct.

Or, this site is defunct.

Or this site is not able to cover it's costs with the ads that annoy everyone.

Any attempt to smoke out JJ on this topic will be received with the standard, "It's not important" or "Yeh Joori Khodesh Hall Misheh". And his faith has certainly worked magic. But being Iranian, I simply don't believe in faith or magic anymore. Or the usual the process of wait until the bell is about to ring, and they are about to close down the site, and then wake up and start seeking funding from someone, anyone.

I will gladly shut my mouth and go back to writing about Iran's constitutional perversions, except, however I simply can't stand it anymore! Everyone considers this site to be the NPR of Iranians. Everyone values this site as a bastion of free speech. Everyone wants these ads gone.

So here's today's idea: (before you post a comment, consider that this has never been tried)

•    JJ open's up a PayPal account.
•    Each donation unit is set at $5.
•    You can buy as many units, make as many $5 donations as you want.
•    We set up a counter and place it at the top where the ads usually are. This counter feeds real-time total donations made.
•    When the number reaches $150,000 the counter goes away for a year.


•    The site is fully funded for a year.
•    Only Cultural or event ads are allowed.
•    They run for 2 weeks.
•    They are free.

Seriously, this could take as little as one day to do, if everyone wanted to do this.


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Esfand Aashena

Deaf is you who keep repeating the same nonsense.

by Esfand Aashena on

I say tomato you say potato.  I respond to what you're writing and proposing and you keep saying "that's not what I'm saying"!  It is what you're saying and I said they wouldn't let you in UN and you asked for Ban Ki Moon!

Everything is sacred

Anahid Hojjati


by Anahid Hojjati on



The ads don't cover the costs.

by bahmani on

Are you deaf or don't get what I said? The ads DON'T COVER THE COSTS!!! If they did of course, we'd let them stay!!!

Anahid Hojjati

I also think that some contradictory messages are being sent

by Anahid Hojjati on

i think in these blogs and even on their comment threads, some negative messages are being sent. For instance, couple people commented that those of us who write blogs, if we help financially, then we should not expect our blogs to be feautred. So now, not only we should help but we should also feel guilty "ke mabada" IC thinks that we are doing that so our blogs will be featured. Personally, I don't think these comments are very nice. If some people financially help and you do not want to feature their blogs, don't but also don't make comments which imply that the bloggers who fianncially donate money; however small, might do it so their blogs are featred. 


I'm too dim

by ComraidsConcubine on

 I'm too dim to understand Dabashi's genius and therefore too dim to use pay pal.

 Blame my parents.

Esfand Aashena

They wouldn't let someone in UN he asked for Ban Ki Moon!

by Esfand Aashena on

We have a saying in Farsi too deh raash nemidadan soragh kadkhoda ro migereft (translation on subject line ;-)  

Bahmani as you say has NOT been able to raise enough funds over the past 15 years and now you're suggesting raising $150K year after year?!

$150K?  Is that all?  Why not $250K which would make it just under the luxury tax?  Heck a married professional Iranian couple can make more than that.  And you think with this endorsement is going anywhere?!

I wish would stay forever but these series of blogs by you is just making things worse!  You're making people not only lose their faith in this but also wild suggestions.

If a handful of people can pitch in to cover the costs well let them do it.  Who is stopping them?  Presumably a handful of people have been doing this for the past 15 years and they have failed.  Right?!

Perhaps if the issue is money we can ask the founders of Facebook, Twitter, Google or others to buy off our hands!  Heck there are Iranian billionaires in these companies maybe they can cut a check for $150K and buy this place and shut it down so we don't have to listen to all this crap!

Everything is sacred

hamsade ghadimi

not "everyone" is bothered

by hamsade ghadimi on

not "everyone" is bothered by the ads.  there are ads on virtually any site with content and open to public.  i think that you even mentioned how easily one can block ads using firefox.

Anahid Hojjati

Just do it.

by Anahid Hojjati on