There are various ways to help improve and add to the site, these are:
1. Donate cash
The time we spend developing Planet Catfish is not paid for. All is done because of a love of knowledge of all things "aquarium catfish". Sadly, the nice people who host Planet Catfish don't share the same view and currently charge over $75 a month for our web space. Our ISP also costs £25 ($45 approx.) a month. Then I need to buy software, hardware, hardware upgrades etc to keep it all running. From it's inception late in 1996 to today (April 2008) the web hosting alone has been several thousand US dollars. Now, I know you can get free hosting and so forth, but there are limits to bandwidth, site size, database hits - we exceed most of these limits - so to keep it fast and free I have to pay. There is a list of financial donors in the Hall of Fame page.
You can really help by donating some money. It doesn't need to be a lot; £5, $10 or 8 euros is a great start. More is better! At the end of each quarter, whatever money donated is electronically transferred to our web host company. To do this securely and internationally we have enlisted the help of paypal.com who, with millions of users, can be trusted with your credit card details. Click on the button below to give it a try - it's fast, free and secure!
2. Add to the Cat-eLog
If you've got information to share, pm a moderator and provide a Cat-eLog data submission that they can submit.
3. Send us images
OK, so we have lots of pictures - but we'd like more! We are especially looking for images of species that are not already listed. We'd be really impressive if it's of a genus not already featured. If we only have an adult picture of a fish, send us an image of a juvenile. If you have a pair, send us images of both. You get the idea? Here are some pointers:
4. Send us articles
Maybe you have had catfish articles published in your local society publication but would like them to be available to the whole world? Or would you just like to share your knowledge on a specific topic or species? Shane's World is the place to publish these articles and you can chose any picture from our image library to go in your article should you be hotter with a keyboard than a camera. Email your articles to email@example.com, they are best sent in word format, but we should be able to work with pretty much anything you can email.
5. Report BUGS!
If you find something wrong, a broken link, spelling mistake, soemthing piece of information that's out-of-date or wrong, please let us know by posting in the "Bugs & Suggestions" forum.
Whatever you contribute, it's a foundation of the ethos of this site that credit is given where credit is due.
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