This site's business model perplexes me. I've been here for two years and I've never seen an ad, there's no cost for membership, there's no bonus perks that can be purchased at various levels, there's no branded product line of items for sale in an Agnostic store, there's not even a "Donate" button. So how does this site pay its operating costs to say nothing of turning a profit? Is it being operated at a loss? If so, why?
For the inevitable "Why do you care?" replies; because I'm curious.
For the inevitable "Just enjoy it ." replies; I do but I'm still curious.
For the inevitable "It's none of your business!" replies; doesn't hurt to ask.
So... anybody know?
UPDATED: The question has been answered.
...well, I suppose we’re gonna have to give to every Atheist/ Agnostic organization we know of ..and hope some trickles back to those connected with this place… I think my participation is nearing four years, in November.. Either that, or I’ve been having a real good time!
In the beginning () ..I was leary… But ‘whomever’ has proven themself/ves to be as stable as many of us are unstable - and I thank them, if silently, sincerely, ..seemingly everyday. Thanks, again ~
My understanding is the setup of the site was volunteer work by the devs, think of something like open source or other software like Mozilla or Libre Office. Lots of individuals offer their services gratis everywhere. Storage for Tb's of data is extremely cheap. Operating costs for a forum website are the most expensive and still top out at $60k from what I see and that would be one with many more features for business use. So if I am sympathetic to a cause and have a few million in spare change, what's $60k to support a cause.
I sponsored a free website for glass identification for 10 years. The size of the database grew to where I was paying around $680 for Web space and another 50 for the URL. I don't understand gigabytes that well but we had about 19000 pictures on the site. We did not charge for membership but I did accept donations after the costs grew to over $300 a year. Agnostic also gives out T shirts and pens so their cost is even more.
I can understand someone of means wanting to promote the visibility of their beliefs. Religious people spend a lot of money doing that all the time. I hope they established a 501 C3 and at least get a text credit for it. I did not have a 501 C3 but I gave my website to a museum and they gave me a letter which I could have used for a tax deduction to their 501 C3.
my understanding from way back was that this site was created by @admin to create a place for people to connect who are okay without God. it is basically a labor of love is my understanding. a passion for non-belief and web design led to this site as I understood.
this is from the "about us" portion under "learn"
Welcome to the Community
Agnostic is a non-profit and non-prophet community for people who are naturally good without any gods. Our members have a wide range of views about what the site should be about. For some, it's a place to nurture humanist or non-religious principles. For others, it's a place to recover from a religious past or to reaffirm one's non-theism.
We hope to provide a safe place for people to share their thoughts and opinions, get involved in secular causes, keep up with news, and even meet others. We are not an anti-religion website.
This question has been raised more than once before, and the answer appears to be that the site was started by a consortium of one or two people who pay all the bills incurred because they wish to foster and promote dialogue amongst those without a belief in god. I am happy that it’s purely being done through altruistic ideals, and would not continue to be a member here if it were otherwise. I cannot confirm that this information is 100% true, but as we have never been asked for any money or been exposed to any advertising at any time since the establishment of the site, I feel we can assume this to be fact.