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#1 BrewerGeorge

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Posted 29 July 2015 - 10:30 AM

Effective immediately, we are abandoning the paid subscription model for Patron status.  It has never worked very well, requiring a lot of manual hand-holding by Mods, Admins and our King of Chickens.  We're not willing to mess with maintaining it any more.

 

We will be keeping the Member/Patron distinction intact with the same privileges. However, as of now Patron status will be free for the asking for anyone with more than 50 posts.  For the transition period, those wanting the upgrade should send me a PM requesting it.  Once the initial rush dies down, we'll expand that to any Mod or Admin.  Existing Patron statuses should not expire.

 

As for future funding of the site, its needs are modest.  Patron fees have historically paid about 2/3 of the roughly $350/yr costs for the site with Scott covering the rest.  From now on, we will simply have a voluntary donation period when the renewal fees come due for those who might like to contribute.  However, participation will no longer determine posting rights.  The mechanisms for donation are still in place so you can send manual donations any time, but we have cancelled all recurring payments that were already set up so nothing else should come out automatically.

 

Please feel free to post questions about this policy below..  However, there is no need for a drawn-out discussion.  I will delete posts that do not ask a specific question to keep this thread concise.



#2 Trub L

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Posted 30 July 2015 - 06:11 AM

Can we pay extra to get +1/-1 back?


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#3 Gumbo Leviathan

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Posted 30 July 2015 - 06:41 AM

Are you going to do a PBS-style fundraising drive when needed?  I certainly don't mind contributing a few $ but without the reminder I would never remember to do so. 


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#4 Gusso

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Posted 30 July 2015 - 06:57 AM

I never received my tote bag.
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#5 BrewerGeorge

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Posted 30 July 2015 - 07:11 AM

Are you going to do a PBS-style fundraising drive when needed?  I certainly don't mind contributing a few $ but without the reminder I would never remember to do so. 

Yes.

 

I never received my tote bag.

It's in the package with your Guiness towel.



#6 Vagus

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Posted 30 July 2015 - 07:52 AM

Can we pay extra to get +1/-1 back?

Posts like these should be the dividing line between patrons and lower deck scum.


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#7 ScottS

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Posted 30 July 2015 - 08:04 AM

Are you going to do a PBS-style fundraising drive when needed?  I certainly don't mind contributing a few $ but without the reminder I would never remember to do so.

It's on an every-2-year payment schedule because it saves a few bucks over the annual one. So yes, we'll have a pledge drive, but they will be infrequent.

#8 Ramkisoon

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Posted 30 July 2015 - 09:05 AM

$350 a year for this shit heap?

 

Man, I know a dude in Georgia who is real good at webnetting, and intertron building. He would prolly help out. Might only charge you some cargo straps. You just have to treat him with kid gloves. He likes to "Fire" customers. 


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#9 SnowMan

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Posted 30 July 2015 - 11:31 AM

When is the fundraising drive?
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#10 ScottS

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Posted 30 July 2015 - 12:18 PM

I don't know off the top of my head, probably 9-12 months out.

#11 StankDelicious

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Posted 30 July 2015 - 05:27 PM

Would you like to touch my monkey?


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#12 TimE

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Posted 30 July 2015 - 09:24 PM

Can I get a map to brew boy's house complete with which trees are suitable to hide behind along with the location of the slightly used motor oil reserves?
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#13 Fuct

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Posted 31 July 2015 - 06:27 AM

Can we pay extra to get +1/-1 back?


+1

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#14 bierboy

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Posted 01 August 2015 - 09:20 PM

Who would have thought that King of Chickens would use Big Bird as a model?! Talk about irony. I approve!
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#15 bshep

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Posted 02 August 2015 - 04:15 PM

 

Can we pay extra to get +1/-1 back?

+1!
 

Are you going to do a PBS-style fundraising drive when needed?  I certainly don't mind contributing a few $ but without the reminder I would never remember to do so. 

 

Yeah,and while we're at it bring back Bob Ross and the happy trees!

 

I never received my tote bag.

Yes.

 

It's in the package with your Guiness towel.

I never got either!


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#16 BarelyBrews

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Posted 07 August 2015 - 01:16 PM

I hope all members can get a message about the drive when it comes.


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#17 weeper

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 04:04 PM

So in the meantime, my patron status has run out.

But you don't want my money yet.

And ....I want my patron status back.

So... How do you want to work this?
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#18 weeper

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 04:07 PM


Whoa!!! That is SERVICE. thanks.
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#19 matt6150

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Posted 10 September 2015 - 02:19 PM

I could use a bump back to Patron please, PM no worky.


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#20 Kremer

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Posted 25 September 2015 - 05:16 PM

Mine expired too!
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