There are 5 days remaining! If you have friends you think might like the Solstice Album, it might be worth sending them a reminder. :)
Meanwhile, people have begun weighing in on what bonus songs they want. (You should have received an email if you donated enough to suggest a bonus song)
Currently, the bonus songs suggested (ranked by number of supporters)
1. Somebody Will (5 supporters, $265 donated)2. Beautiful Tomorrow (4 supporters, $245)3. Stopping in the Woods (3 supporters, $275)4. Level Up (1 supporter, $400)5. Little Echo (1 supporter, $50)6. Fire in the Sky (1 supporter, $50)7. Top of Clouds (1 supporter, $15)8. Architects of Fate (1 supporter, $15)
For people’s first choice, I assigned the full amount of their donation for purposes of totaling the financial support for the song. For second choices I assigned the total amount minus $35, representing the amount above the basic “all the things” funding level.
This was a bit ad hoc (if lots of people start submitting multiple requests and it comes down to the wire of what bonus songs to record, I may ask people more specifically for the rank-ordering of their songs).
The final decision on bonus songs will still depend on a number of factors – in particular on whether there are performers available who are willing to record a given a song. Some songs require a studio in order to do a good job with it, some songs are easier to get away with a living-room recording session.
What’s the proper venue to object to the admin of the site spruiking for money for his other projects?
I’m sure it matters to you but I feel like you didn’t consider the conflict of interest here in making your comments.
I’m okay with one top level post, but not okay with ongoing posting.
We chatted about it, and I don’t see any reason why we would stop anyone else from doing the same on their personal blog (an example of this is some of the recent discussion for the russian HPMOR printing, or the MIRI fundraiser updates, the latter of which also had an update in the comments).
Organizational updates and comments are totally fine on your personal blog, and commenting on your own post with updates is also totally fine. Agree that multiple top-level posts would be bad, but don’t see any problem with commenting. I generally think we as admins should lead by example, and I don’t see any particular reason why more posts and comments like this would be bad for the site (as long as they stay off the frontpage section and are of interest to people in the community).
Happy to discuss this more over in meta if you want.