I would consider this, knowing how often I'm on this site, but for two weeks now I've not had any luck with RS VIP links. Always says server not available. Mega works fine, but I've had to scuttle being a VIP and use the slow ass regular RS link to download. I'm also not interested what so ever in web space or an email account, I have my own web server so don't need any of that. Is there an "opt out" for us who just want to be Platinum for the download/uploads? I participate almost daily on the forums, so am here all the time. Maybe some warez $$$ in trade for the option of email and stuff??? Not that I do anything with $$ but donate it to people....lol
A majority of the people who donate don't do it for what they get in return, they do it to help the site. We run solely on donations and the shortfalls are made up by lifehacker. We refuse to put ads on the site to generate income like every other site. If we could offer everything we currently do for free, without asking for donations, we would.
I have been updating the thread regarding the RS accounts in the VIP lounge on a regular basis, the problem is it works fine for some, and not for others so it's difficult to gauge what the actual problem is. The job of maintaining the scripts is a part-time, best-effort job by myself which is why the problem isn't being resolved quicker. If we charged a monthly fee for use of the accounts it'd be fixed a lot quicker as it would be costing you, but as it stands we only ask for a one off payment in return for ongoing use of the accounts so other fixes take priority.
As for trading in services in return for a discount, if you work out the cost of the RS accounts alone (roughly 72 euro a year per person who use their capacity every day) is more than the minimum donation to become a platinum VIP. This is one of the only services which have an ongoing cost for us above the cost of our servers.
I hope this clarifies things for you.