First, I just tried to give you guys my money, and the interface kept insisting that my card number was wrong. Second, getting to this nonfuctioning interface required more than three clicks (a mortal sin in web design). Third, I imagine a few people felt frustrated by having to create an unnecessary Amazon account in order to donate. Lastly, I'm afraid the prevailing cyberculture expects social networks to offer free services, and cover expenses with ad placement. Indeed, I'd venture a guess that some users perceive their very presence on your network over another as something YOU owe THEM for, because they've just bumped up your CPV earnings, not the other way around.
I'm not trying to sound like an ingrate, here.
I like OAC, and just tried to (but could not) donate.
I'm just giving critical business advice.
If we're to ask users for money, when other other social networks do not, then we need a clearly defined value proposition for doing so. Furthermore, we need a friendlier, more convenient, interface to accept that money.
That's just my two cents.
Would've like to make it fifteen bucks, though.
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thanks a lot for your quick welcome. This could be the beginning of a friendship...
I have not yet published an article or a book. But I have studied, analysed and written papers for my self the last ten years. Bourdieu and the 'classical' sociologists before him have been my teachers in the sociological thinking craft. The same with the french epistemological 'tradition' from Koyre to Bachelard and Canguilhem - to Wittgenstein etc.
I have some interesting analyses about the social causes to the intellectual and political problems, that have caused so much harm the last many decades. Everybody complains about 'postmodernism' etc. But practically nobody have taken the most sensible scientific way - which of course is to explain the phenomen. That has been my strategy. So I know it will be interesting to a lot of people. When I can convince myself to publish some of it...
Actually I came to your site, because I have bought and read Lindsay Waters fine little book: Enemies of Promise (which is also encouraging for me on a personal level, when he talks about 'silly' obstacles to publish). I went to Prickley's homepage yesterday and downloaded all the books I could - and today I was about to buy some of them too. And then I came to your site. Where I will download some of your stuff.
I do not mind paying for books. But I have bought about ten thousand books the last ten years in sociology, philosophy, politics and anthropology. And I think my wife and the rest of the family will understand my buying better, when I have published the book, I am working on.
It is of course a crazy story. But it is true. And as Bourdieu say, one can only make a scientific revolution if one is a theoretical capitalist. That is what I have been working very hard to become. Also I have had the great scientific luck, that none of my ten phd. applications the last ten years have been accepted. Naively I always began my applications with telling the institution about the holes and problems in the (their) existing resarch. That is not the way to make a career at the social science departments at the university today (nor on Weber's time, according to Weber). But in all my naive thinking I did not realize this, and so I always tried to make my applications still sharper - thereby no doubt removing myself even further from a phd. position.
But as Nietzsche says - keep your dreams alive. And 'If one put enough pressure on a piece of coal, it will one day become a diamant'. You just wait and see...
I am not crazy. I am communicating with some Danish and some international professors, who encourage me to publish.