Speaking of money, I'd like to propose that we advertise with DriveThruRPG and use that trickle of income to fund the hosting and pay for some of the plugins that make the site better. On the high side we're talking about $5 to $10 a month in income. In that past this has been shot down by the community. I'd like to get a fresh read on it to see if folks are still opposed.
The mechanics is a banner and affiliate id in links. When you clicked either banner or link, purchases from DriveThru (and RPGNow for that matter) would give a small commission to RPTools: usually around $0.10 to $0.50 per purchase based on the price of the material. It doesn't cost the purchaser anything but lets them contribute to RPTools via the commission paid by OneBookShelf. That said, if people are still opposed to an open source project having an income stream, however small, I understand.
Some code that will automatically attach the referral id to other links (from here) to those sites might also be in order (since we have a number of posts hawking products on those sites every month.)
Regarding RPTools.net: I'd like suggestions for articles and resources to put on the site. It will be a bit bloggish with new articles every week. Search engines like that. Also newcomers won't have to dig through the forums to get started.
Feel free to produce articles for the site. Send them along to me for editing and formatting and, content permitting, we'll post them. You'll get full credit, of course.
The forums could certainly be tapped for articles when you don't have new materials. There is actually a lot of "content" to be mined around here.
Tips, tricks, and work-arounds.
Framework reviews/tutorials and requests.
Project challenges (and results).
"Future of" updates.
Thanks for giving the site some attention. I looks great.