As you probably know, my company: Solutions First – We run Networks. We build the Web. We live Open Source.
hosts the TOG Minecraft and TF2 servers, and a mumble server for many other TOGers as well.
We do this as a donation to TOG and in the spirit of that donation, we haven't asked for anything in return except some occasional gratitude and acknowledgement.
In the past, people have been happy to help out and assist with cash, and I have always refused, mostly cos I was happy with the arrangement, and didn't need the money and the admin overhead seemed annoying.
Well, we now have a Paypal account, and are happy to accept voluntary donations of any size if people feel they want to show some gratitude. All money donated will go directly to server hosting, and I gotta say, the cost of our hosting is going up (mostly due to power bills), so we are looking closely at the whole operation. Nothing will happen to the TOG arrangement if no-one donates, and we are happy to continue the arrangement for the foreseeable future. To give you an idea how much it takes to run, we would sell a similar specced and bandwidth intensive VPS for about $230/month.
Anyway, if you want to contribute something to the server hosting, please send any amount you like to our paypal account: email@example.com
Thanks for being a great community, and I look forward to many happy games of minecraft and TF2 to come.