27 August 2007 was a great day. It was the day I became owner of WW2Talk.com. At the time, WW2 Talk was in danger of being dumped into the ether. This site was founded on 24 January 2004, and when I rescued the site I was the seventh change of ownership since the founding. This site had been flogged regularly by website dealers, and I made a commitment on that day that I would change that. At the time I had already been running the WW2 Forums for about eight years and I knew enough that I had something quite good in hand. At the time, the site had all of 86,752 posts and a sturdy admin team. I knew enough to leave the operations to the capable admins in place and let them run things as they pleased. I maintained the server, but they ran things day to day. That was nine years ago. Today WW2 Talk has some 700,000 posts and the same admin team as we did in 2007. This site has even surpassed my own WW2 Forums which has an ample 650,000 posts. Clearly they are doing something right. Over the past 9 years our two "sister" sites have coexisted, examining the Second World War in depth from very different perspectives. The recent launch of our third sibling site, the WW2 Open Resource Group, (WW2.ORG) represents our continuing effort to preserve research and keep it accessible. Very early in it's development, the site will serve as an online WW2 encyclopedia as well as an archive to preserve copies of important primary resource documents for research and citation purposes. The maintenance of this site is a not insignificant expenditure of time, effort, and resources. There are server fees, software licenses, domain registrations and the like which amount to thousands of dollars annually. Our current advertising system is a welcome help but is beginning to fall short of our financial demands. To maintain and expand this site, we are giving members the option to become Patrons of WW2 Talk. For a small donation a member can now become a Patron for a one year term and know they are helping these sites stay operational. The best way to support this site is to become a Patron of WW2Talk.com. The cost is £25 GBP for a one year term. Patrons will get a badge on their profile, along with a few other small perks. You can do this by clicking the WW2 Talk Patron button in your profile. That link is also available in the link below. Support this discussion forum, become a WW2 Talk Site Patron. I sincerely think this site serves a worthy role for WW2 research. If you also think it is worthwhile and can spare it, why not support our effort here? If you do so, know that you are making a tangible difference in our future as a network of WW2 websites. There are specific and immediate goals we'd like to accomplish here at the site. If you become a Patron of WW2 Talk, here is what you are enabling us to improve the site and secure our future: -Transfer of web hosting to a new more reliable server -Migration to a new, more powerful discussion forum platform -enlistment of professional services to conduct a full and proper database migration -extension of domain registration for 5 years (WW2Talk.com), indicating our commitment to continued stability through the year 2021 Details & Questions: We've already had some inquiries on supporting the site and becoming a Patron. I've compiled the answers here and will add any new information to this section as it is published. 15 July 2016 - Patron badge start date Please be aware that we will moving to a new server and migrating to new forum software, and the current interface will be rebuilt (that's a main purpose of your contribution!). As a result there it will not be possible to implementing the Patron status on the current platform as it will be removed very shortly. To resolve this, anyone registering for Patron status in the next 30 days will have their one year term commence 15 August 2016. Non Paypal Users: For users who don't want to use PayPal, you can become a Patron or donate directly by mail. For details please Private Message me or email me at No Change to Existing Memberships The addition of Patron status does not change any aspect of current site memberships. We'd certainly appreciate any member who donated or became a Patron, but if you don't do so you still have full access to the site as always. Are we becoming pay only site? No, and we never will.