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Roy
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« on: June 22, 2010, 12:35:59 PM »

Hey there,

In the various discussions of 100 Words, and how to ensure the longevity of it, the topic of some sort of paid level of membership has come up on occasion. So, I guess this question is two-fold.

1. Is there a set of features or capabilities, perhaps missing from 100 Words today, that might sway you to pay a  (small/reasonable) fee for the website and service?

2. What would be the monthly cost you'd be willing to pay for that level of site/features?

Obviously, while 100 Words has always been a labor of love it would be nice to generate some modicum of income at some point.

Oh, and I would be remiss if I didn't thank the handful of nice folks who have used the tip jar feature along the way. Thanks for kicking in just for the good karma.

Roy
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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2010, 09:14:47 PM »

I can't think of any features that are missing from 100 Words at all.  Really, it's a pretty simple idea, and unless you wanted to remove certain existing functions that you could then charge for, I can't contribute any ideas to the fee model.

BUT, since you seem to dislike the idea of advertisements, have you ever considered a "pledge drive" model?  Every year or so you could set a goal to cover the operating costs for the site plus a little something for yourselves, and badger us until we throw in some money to meet the goal.  You could track the progress on the front page, publicly thank the people who want to be publicly thanked, and maybe offer some sort of contest or giveway for members to make it fun.  Is it lunacy to contemplate that at the $50 level there would be a handsome 100 Words tote bag?  (Probably)

Seriously, though, this is a unique and valuable resource on the Internet, and it isn't fair that the administrators should have to pay for all of the upkeep out of their own pockets.  I think most people understand that running and maintaining a site is not free.  If you tell them that you need some money to keep 100 Words alive (in a way that is more visible than the "tip jar"), I think many of them would be happy to contribute.
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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2010, 12:01:44 PM »

I would probably pay $10-$20 a year for more customization, like the ability to add a background, center entries, add a sidebar if wanted, etc. I am not exactly sure of the specifics but I definitely love the ability to customize my pages more.
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2010, 07:10:14 AM »

I agree that an annual fee would be reasonable. I don't care much for customization, and can't suggest what to add for a premium membership, however I would be willing to pay $20 a year for continuing to use the site.
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2010, 08:29:58 AM »

I don't care about customization either and I raise my hand for the pledge drive model.
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2010, 10:52:21 AM »

Okay, will try the pledge drive model.

Will also consider some sort of modest recognition model to offer additional motivation....a wall with a list of donors, the ability to increase your thumbnail icon by 3 pixels in all directions. Perhaps the ability to modify your own entries or draw mustaches on other peoples bio pics.
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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2010, 12:25:58 PM »

I know I'm a bit late to make a suggestion but maybe adding a 'flattr' button to the homepage would help?

https://flattr.com/

It might not help a great deal though as it's a pretty new company / service  Undecided
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« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2010, 12:38:14 PM »

"Flattr is a social micropayment platform that lets you show love for the things you like."

How is it better than a Paypal link?
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« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2010, 12:44:57 PM »

"Flattr is a social micropayment platform that lets you show love for the things you like."

How is it better than a Paypal link?

I found out about it from a techie website I visit (http://eu.techcrunch.com/2010/07/06/is-flattr-the-new-facebook-like-but-this-time-with-real-money/)

apparently:
"The trouble with micropayments to date, say via Paypal, is that the threshold for donating to a site is high, and sending just a small sum like €0.01 is tedious. So every user that sets up a Flattr account pays a monthly fee — a minimum €2 — that they are willing to contribute for any kind of online content. When the user finds something they like that has a Flattr button, they can click the button to “reward” the content provider.

At the end of the month, the user’s monthly fee (remember this could be as low as €2) is split equally among the holders of the content that they “flattered”"
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« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2010, 05:50:29 PM »

I agree with the pledge drive idea, or something like it. I think people will certainly be willing to donate here and there.

On an Internet radio station I like, their home page has an area in which they list that they would like donations and use PayPal, and they list what their goal is for that month and then what they have received for the month, so you can see if they need only a few more $$.  So something like that works.




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« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2011, 11:21:15 PM »

I don't think the idea of premium membership is not good. Don't think that flexability of site image is important, it is nice to have only small visual differences and large vocal differences. I like writing/reading about lights and noise.

Maybe.... If people help compile a selection of entries into a printed version it could be sold before printing. If it was sold for a year before printing, this would draw up enthusiasm for the date and the outcome and hopefully have sold enough copies to make mountains of money (this could be done as a gamble... say pay $20 dollars for one if only 10 people buy them. However still pay $20 but the more people that buy them the more that each person gets as the bulk production cost reduction comes into play). This could be done annually and arranged into sections of fic/nonfic/poetry/blah/... People could speard the name of 100 words by buying and donating copies to local libraries.
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