What would you guys think about instead of just soliciting for a donation, maybe having a "Premium Membership" I've seen other forums do that for support, and it seems to work okay. It is usually something like $30/year or $60 for a lifetime membership. The benefits vary according to forum but a few of them are:
1. Larger avatars
2. More PM space
3. Mail forwarding. Could setup an account like firstname.lastname@example.org
to list on your profile, and when someone sends a mail to that, it would go to your regular email address.
4. No ads(which since we don't have any wouldn't be a feature for us!
5. A Premium Member's only forum.
Bad idea? Good idea? Any feedback would be helpful.