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    Cyburbia Administrator Dan's avatar
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    Cyburbian Plus membership: would you pay $10 a year?

    (Posted outside of work hours using equipment and an Internet connection not owned by my employer.)

    Since we started the Cyburbian Plus paid membership category a few years ago, the number of Cyburbian Plus members has dropped slowly, from a high of abut 60 to 23 today.

    A Cyburbian Plus membership costs $20 a year. I'm considering dropping the fee to $10 a year, with existing Cyburbian Plus members having their status extended an extra year. If the membership fee is dropped, would you become a Plus member?
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    Cyburbian ofos's avatar
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    Since I just forked over $20 for another year today, I'd gladly take a year extension as my retroactive signing bonus.
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    Cyburbian Mud Princess's avatar
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    I think I'm already a member... but either way, it's a bargain.

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    OH....IO Hink's avatar
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    I am happy to be a member and I would be happy to pay whatever. It is a "free" site to us, but I am glad to help cover a bit of the real cost to you. Maybe we should make the benefits great... I don't know like candy or something. Maybe a handshake?
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    Cyburbian ofos's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by Hink_Planner View post
    Maybe we should make the benefits great... I don't know like candy or something. Maybe a handshake?
    Ooh, ooh! Maybe voluntary social events where mass consumption of fermented grain products could take place? A _____fest of some kind?
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    Super Moderator kjel's avatar
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    When I get to return to work I will gladly pony up $10. This forum has been invaluable to me through the grad school application process, grad school, professional development and advice, and camaraderie it has provided over the years.
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    Cyburbian Plus
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    I would happily pay for Cyburbian Plus membership at $10 or $20 per year, but I don't have a paypal account and don't plan to open one. I've had two bad experiences with paypal and I don't trust their portal with my credit card or ATM card numbers. If you can come up with another secure way of taking payment, I'm in.

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    Cyburbian DetroitPlanner's avatar
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    I just realized I am about 3 years behind in my dues! I say we set them at $10, or at least send us annoying e-mails like APA does when we are about to lapse... then keep sending them!
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    Super Moderator luckless pedestrian's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by Cismontane View post
    I would happily pay for Cyburbian Plus membership at $10 or $20 per year, but I don't have a paypal account and don't plan to open one. I've had two bad experiences with paypal and I don't trust their portal with my credit card or ATM card numbers. If you can come up with another secure way of taking payment, I'm in.
    me too - had my PayPal broken into by some Italians a few years ago and it lost my most recent payment to Cyburbia

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    Cyburbian TerraSapient's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by kjelsadek View post
    When I get to return to work I will gladly pony up $10. This forum has been invaluable to me through the grad school application process, grad school, professional development and advice, and camaraderie it has provided over the years.
    If I get an additional year, I'll donate it to Kjelsadek and renew my membership at the end of my 12 months, if that is cool with you Dan.

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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
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    $20 remains OK for this Bear. For that incredibly low price I get significant on-line friendship, POV from different economic and political aspects, a fair amount of comedy that is occasionally decent, and a place to yack on about the story of De Noc (to an audience that somewhat understands and humors an old bruin).

    If lowering the cost brings back members, go for it.

    And, "thank you" Comrade Dan, for a great site.

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    NIMBY asshatterer Plus Richmond Jake's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    ..... I'm considering dropping the fee to $10 a year.....
    Perhaps at that rate, the Mods can afford to become Plus members, too.

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    Cyburbian Plus Salmissra's avatar
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    I'm already a member, but I have no idea when my next payment is due. Sometime soon? I will continue my membership at either the 10 or 20 buck cost.
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    Membership level comparision

    Cyburbian - 25 or more posts
    Attachment uploading: yes, up to 5 MB for all attachments.
    Avatar: yes
    Blog: can post to others' blogs
    Calendar - post events: yes
    Email members: yes
    Gallery uploading and album creation: yes
    Posts with URLs and selected keywords: unmoderated
    Private messages: 200 message capacity
    Profile customization: yes
    Profile pictures: yes
    Signatures: yes
    Social groups: can view, can join and post, can create new social groups
    Title: Cyburbian, cannot customize
    User album: no
    Viewable on member list: yes
    Visitor messages: yes

    Cyburbian Plus - paid membership ($20/year)
    Attachment uploading: yes, up to 10 MB for all attachments.
    Avatar: yes
    Blog: can create blog, can post to others' blogs
    Calendar - post events: yes
    Email members: yes
    Gallery uploading and album creation: yes
    Posts with URLs and selected keywords: unmoderated
    Private messages: 1000 message capacity
    Profile customization: yes
    Profile pictures: yes
    Signatures: yes
    Social groups: can view, can join and post, can create new social groups
    Title: Cyburbian Plus, can customize
    User album: yes
    Viewable on member list: yes
    Visitor messages: yes

    Cyburbian Plus members can also participate in the Peer Review and Confidential Career Issues forums.

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    Cyburbian HomerJ's avatar
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    Once my probation period ends and becomes a secure position, I'll count myself in as well, although I also hate using paypal...
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    Cyburbian TexanOkie's avatar
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    I'm down.

    ten characters.

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    Cyburbian Tide's avatar
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    I just want to add a though or two;

    I didn't join the original round due to unemployment however I feel fine paying $10 a year and here's why. My wife is a member of several photographer and graphic design forums that she pays upwards of 80-100 dollars a year. Granted, and this is no slight to Cyburbia, but those forums are more professionally geared (though they do have some form of a FAC) but it is for sharing ideas and products amongst each other. I'm not saying Cyburbia needs to be private pay only but to give you an idea of what $10 a year is compared to other forums there you go. Dan, the price should be $12 a year, a buck a month - cheaper than a cup of coffee.

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    Cyburbian SW MI Planner's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner View post
    I just realized I am about 3 years behind in my dues!
    Oops, me too! I would have paid the $20 if I would have remembered :/ but of course I'd be good with $10 as well....

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    I'm in if personal check is acceptable payment (agree with others that paypal is sketchy)

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    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
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    Ditto on the Paypal comments. I have not used it for 5-6 years now.
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    Cyburbian Tide's avatar
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    Off-topic:
    What's so sketchy about paypal? I have sent and received money hundreds of times with no problems. I have even successfully got money back after a company didn't respond after payment was made, didn't even have to go through the credit card company?

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    There are times when I think access to the Friday Afternoon Club alone would be worth paying for...

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    Cyburbian Duke Of Dystopia's avatar
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    I would gladly pony up the 10$ again....


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