First of all - many thanks to the members of this site, each of you is key to this working in your own ways from those of you that give me admin headaches, to those of you that design layouts, create the emulator, allow hosting here of your sites, make videos and just generally be part of this great community.
However this is a very special thank you to everyone that has one of these...
...you are the backers of this site, the donators of this site that make everything possible in wanting to keep the wheels turning and the lights on here - simple as that.
Without you, I'll be honest this would have broken me personally a while back as the costs were way more then what I would have ever believed from when I used to own and run Fruit Forums * - but with your help and your great and continued support this site had grown and grown.
Today, we past a major milestone on this site, we broke even and means thanks to your donations - thanks to your brilliant no awesome support as of today this site is technically running on a positive balance at the beginning of the year.
Again for note as well, Desert Island Retro was completely out of my own pocket and I simply used a forum area here.
Back to this site, we have never ( ever ) been in this position - the balance in terms of built up running costs has always been majorly in the red.
I never thought I would be in a position to post this kind of message and I want anybody who is new to this site and simply downloads layouts to take a note of this thread and just post a thank you towards people that own one of those badges like above in their profile - it is because of them - the lights do remain on here.
This isn't an update to force people to donate - this is a kick to make those that do not donate and they are here just for the downloads to take a look around and just thank those who own one of the above badges ( beyond the author of the emulator, the hosts of other sites or the designers of layouts ) to give them some thanks.
These badge owners are the critical life blood of this site - they may not make layouts, they may not make videos - but what they do and have done is funded this site by donations from themselves that allows so many others to enjoy.
On behalf of myself, if you are a Donator badge owner...
"Thank you very much - you really are awesome and your support to this site really means the world to me - thank you."
* RIP ! You had your moments of brilliance...