I voted for the paypal extension. But my preference would be for the paypal payment to automatically put the money into the donor's forum wallet (FW). Then the donor could use the money in his wallet for micropayments
The paypal extension is a good idea because it allows members to support the forum owner. The paypal extension combined with micropayments is a better idea because it allows members to support each other and the forum owner. A forum is only as good as its content... and content is created by the members. Allowing members to reward other members for the creation of valuable content will incentivize the creation of more valuable content and greatly increase the value of the forum.
Let's say that I use paypal to put $10 into my FW. If I spend the money on other members' posts... then my money is transferred to their FW. But if I spend the money on my own posts... then my money is transferred into the forum owner's wallet.
Spending money on a topic/post will increase the value of the topic/post. And a topic/post with a higher value will show up higher in the results when people sort by value. And everybody will want to sort by value. Everybody will want to see the most valuable post in a topic and the most valuable topic in a forum. If you've ever used disqus then I'm sure you've sorted comments by popularity. But value is infinitely more meaningful than popularity. This is because a disqus vote doesn't cost anything.
The front page of every forum will have 5 tabs....
24 hours, week, month, year, all time
The default will be the 24 hours tab. When you visit any
forum you'll see the 20 most valuable topics (or posts?) that have been created in the past 24 hours.
I'm pretty sure that this is how the internet of the future will work. The most valuable content will be up front. Just like how printed newspapers would put the most important stories on the front page. With the internet of the future... people are going to want to see a website's most valuable content on its home page. And it will be up to the members of that website to use their pennies, nickles, dimes and quarters to designate/communicate the value of content.
So the two main benefits of paypal + micropayments can be summarized like so...