Anyone asking for donations to pay the server bills is trying to scam you.
Internet money is a mystical entity. Its users assume the word to be interchangeable with IRL money, even as they claim it to be worth at least 100 times more. Internet money is almost always bandied about in Internet United States Dollars (E$).
Internet money includes things similar the fake merchandise credits at stores that list their retail price 10x what things are worth and oddly charge tax and shipping/handling even though it's supposed to be free, thus making the credit fake. Another type of fake money is PayPal, where anyone sending money can press a button on paypal and instantly get their money back for up to two years. Credit cards, when used over the internet, are also e-money -- a simple charge back is all it takes to reverse a transaction, once again proving how fake internet money really is.
Use this handy chart the next time you find yourself in Internet court:
- Amount lost when one wastes 120 seconds responding to a post on LiveJournal: E$350
- Cost when 100 people download a 100KB JPG from your webhost: E$500
- Amount of money to be won in the very weakest of slander lawsuits: E$1,000,000,000
- Amount of money to be won in a slander case in which a user's sexuality is questioned: E$Graham's number
- Amount of money it costs to file an actual lawsuit: E$0
- Conversion factor for E$ to $: 0
- Mentioning any of this to a budding e-lawyer: priceless