I have a handful of WordPress plugins and methodologies on this website. On most of those pages, I’ve put “donate” links in the hopes of making a little spare cash.
To make a long story short, the donation links on this site have not been working properly. Any donations made before yesterday did not reach me. None. PayPal tells me that all lost donations should have been returned to the sender after 30 days.
Mea culpa. This was entirely my fault and not PayPal’s.
So, thank you to Markus H. and the “Gryphon” folks — I got your donations just fine.
And thank you to anybody else who donated; but I never received it. That’s right — other than the two mentioned above, I have never received any donations through those links. I have no idea how much money I’ve lost, but the various software has had thousands of downloads. :\
How did it happen? One word: Spammers.
My original PayPal email address was “paypal” at this domain. After a time I started getting a bunch of spam on that address, so I made a new address, added it to PayPal, and removed the old address from PayPal. (I use the service for things other than receiving donations.) The bit I forgot to do was change all those donation links. Result: People were sending donations to a non-existent email address.
If you donated more than 30 days ago, you should have had the money returned by PayPal. If more recently… I guess you’ll get it back 30 days after you sent it — I haven’t seen it.
To be honest, I was getting kind of annoyed that I had had so many downloads, and nobody had donated. That’s what finally led me to checking out the link code (which is how I found the error). So again, a hearty “Thank You” to anybody who has donated to support Nerdaphernalia. So sorry I doubted you! 🙂