(Some of the options you voted on and still can, here)
1) Well, the most obvious: Advertising on Afropunk.com
AP RESPONSE: "As one of the most common responses to our post, many of you said you would like to see advertising on the site. We plan on adding ads to the site, but would like to know more specifically what kind of ads would you like to see on the page? How many ads would be appropriate for our pretty site to not look cluttered or distracting?"
2) Charge folks an annual fee to join Afropunk.com
AP RESPONSE: "Thanks to everyone who said they are willing to pay an annual fee to keep the site running, however, we think posting a donations link may be less intrusive to our younger audience."
Speaking of donations...
3) Place a donations link on the Afropunk.com, homepage
AP RESPONSE: "Hey, Aminata and all those who suggested a donations tab. As always, thanks for your great ideas and support for the site. We are currently working on the tiered specifications for our donations tab and it will be added to the homepage very soon."
4) Hey, what about an online market place?
AP RESPONSE: "We think this is a freakin' great idea and will be working towards creating an online market place for vendors to sell their goods in a virtual store. We will let you guys know when we are kicking this off."
5) Open up the old boards
AP RESPONSE: "Ummm, so the old message board is still up and running. We never took it down. Ning is actually cheaper to run than the old board. Speaking of which, we also pay a nice steep monthly fee to keep it up on the web. The question is, should we continue keeping that link up or should we close it down?"
6) What about a non-profit for Afro-punk?
AP RESPONSE: "Hey BlueFlower, starting a non-profit is like pulling teeth without a full staff on board. Not to say that it could never happen, but that's not in our future plans. We are however partnering with other non-profits to help expand the Afro-punk community. One organization we've been working with in particular, Open Roads, gives kids in NY an outlet to skate and other creative activities."
7) Sell better shirts in your online merch section
AP RESPONSE: "We added eight new shirts to our Afro-punk store. Check them out."
8) Afro-punk's not punk anymore, I know what PUNK is!!!!
AP RESPONSE: "A member responded better than we could, thanks Kodachi:"
Keep the ideas coming and please respond to our questions as we continue to move forward. This community is yours and we would like to keep it that way. If each member invited just five friends, our site would flourish and kick ass, so invite more people to join the site and keep letting us what you think about how to improve what we're doing. After all, it's your site, too.