I hope I do not seem rude in saying this... but is growing E really such a desired result?
I think it's in everyone's interests that Elliquiy be self-sustaining, in some fashion, before I run out of funds. I despise doing donation drives, and I despise the bar up top. I want us to stand on our own two legs.
Since E doesn't use adverts, the only time growing is beneficial is when new donors join.
Muse has never donated. Serenity Vixen has never donated. Without them, E wouldn't be here.
This also discounts all of the wonderful people who contribute in other ways. Mentoring, volunteering, writing for the Herald and Post, promoting, and in countless cases, simply adding to the atmosphere that we have here. You're insulting all of them - and yourself - with this statement.
I mean, I like E because it isn't some giant uncontrollable mass of internet. E is an actual community... and the fact that I give a damn about the rules and what is rude and inconsiderate is telling of that fact.
Are you claiming that the mentors and staff don't do their job, and that E's nature as a community just... happened?
E is a friendly community because we made rules, and enforced them. And I had to go first, on that front, enforcing them on a member whom the entire rest of the staff refused to.
If this was f-list, I wouldn't care because that site is just a chat room immediate RP and collection of characters. Sure, there are forums, but that's just another avenue to just RP. Here, I give respect to my fellow members by default, and I know that almost always I'll get it.
So yea, there is my Rant. This is an amazing place, and I love it... and if I thought E needed it I'd be out promoting it.
And even with that said, I appreciate the work done to keep this place going strong.
This doesn't tell me that our work is appreciated. This only tells me that you fear that we won't do it.