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Donating to Manebooru

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Manebooru is paid for by a small group of volunteers who cover the majority of the site's operating costs each month. None of the staff who run the site are paid—we're all volunteers.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I support the site by advertising instead?

You can find out about advertising on the site over at this page.

Why does Manebooru cost so much to run?

A Booru is a significantly complex website. The storage and processing of the images, the countless tags, the queries and filters, it all requires a considerable amount of resources on the backend. On top of that, because we let you personalize the site completely through filters, we can't easily cache all the complicated work we do server-side. These factors combined mean we need a lot of transit (which is expensive) and a lot of server power (also expensive).

We don't have any costs on top of the servers and bandwidth that are currently covered personally by the team. We all work for free; nobody is paid to run, write, moderate or maintain the site.

Why can't Manebooru support itself through commercial ads?

We host a lot of content that most advertising networks will refuse to have their adverts featured alongside for legal reasons (payment companies get jumpy around graphic adult material). The networks that support being shown alongside this content are typically rather dodgy and we'd rather not deal with them and risk our users' privacy and safety.

We run adverts which feature primarily community artists who run commissions and wish to gain exposure via the site. These adverts do not bring a huge amount of money in towards the site's upkeep, but they do help.

We do not run Manebooru to profit.

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