Does this mean it's ok to have a small notice @ the bottom of my article?
How about something even simpler? Why not, in your bio (which appears at the end of your articles) just include something tasteful like "I hope you enjoy my code. It's yours to use for free, but if you do wish to say thank you then a donation [link] is always appreciated."
You need to increase your rep. Post a few more articles, get a few more downloads and up-votes and you'll be good to go. 1000 points gets you live links in your bio (and I've just added a note to this on the rep listing page that will be visible in a day or two)
but I have reported two comments as they state things such as my article contains "no visible code"
There is no local version of the download. As we've said previously, having a local copy is important - even if it's an older version. Links to external sites break, or are blocked, or developers just move on, and so having only an external link means articles get orphaned from their code and become unusable.
I'd say no, and I've raised this with the author. He's a hostile little tick, and it's taking me all my efforts not to remove that part of the article, or remove his article altogether (yes, I can do that). I'll flag this with Chris or Sean, as I think they are so snowed that they've missed this thread.
*pre-emptive celebratory nipple tassle jiggle* - Sean Ewington
The second paragraph in your article is headed "Donations", and it specifically tells people how to donate. In my book that is soliciting for them. In the bold print before the introduction you have "Anyone wishing to use this code in their projects may do so, however are required to leave a post on this page stating that they are using this.", which is demanding. Neither of these parts of the article are in line with the general philosophy of CodeProject.
One of these days I'm going to think of a really clever signature.
Unfortunately we do not condone donations in articles as it would set an unfortunate precedent. We've seen it a few times in the past and I've asked those authors to remove the donations sections from their articles as well.
As you were able to find a couple of articles (and I'll emailing them after this), if one article exists that has donations, other authors can likewise point to it, or it encourages more to follow.
Would you be willing to remove that donation section from your article? Also, we note that your download is hosted off site. We're happy to keep that link there for the "latest" files, but we do ask you to host a local copy of the source as well.