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[April Fools 2014] Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« on: April 01, 2014, 10:34:36 am »
April Fools!  This one was probably the most controversial prank we've ever pulled, which made it the most interesting.  To everyone who played along, thanks for making it work!  To everyone who fell for it:  Gotcha :-)  And to everyone who immediately saw through it and made posts to spoil the joke:  Your posts were deleted because spoiling a joke like this the moment you see it is no fun at all.

I can't take credit for this one, so everyone give a HUGE round of applause to Panda for coming up with this!  We planned this for days, and all active staff members had a hand in it, which helped make it one of the best pranks we've ever had :-D

To address the issue at hand:  Paying any monthly fee for a forum is ludicrous, especially $30.  It will never happen, at any price point, so fear not.  Donations ARE appreciated, but given my current salary, if the site ever grows to the point that I can't shoulder 100% of the cost when necessary, we have bigger problems than hosting fees.

Thanks for a great April Fools day, everyone!

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Good morning, everyone!  As you know, the site's been needing a new host for awhile, but web hosting is extremely expensive, and I just can't swing it anymore.  Donation drives haven't brought in much over the years, so after discussing it with the staff, we've decided to switch the site to a paid membership model.

Right now, Gold members get a few special perks, like the ability to move their own posts, unlimited PMs, and the ability to change other users' custom titles.  Plus, there's a super-secret Gold Member board, only for gold account holders.  However, as of May 1, we're going to follow DeviantArt's example, and the following features will only be available for Gold members:

-Ability to create polls
-Unrestricted poll voting (normal users will only be able to vote in one poll per day)
-Unlimited PMs (normal users will only be able to send 1 PM per day)
-Unlimited posts and thread creation (normal users will only be able to post once an hour)
-Ability to insert images into posts (normal users will lose this ability)
-Unrestricted avatar options, including the ability to upload an avatar (normal users will only be able to choose an avatar from a folder of Justin Bieber images, because my research indicates all teenagers universally adore him)

Don't worry, though, an FT Gold account is available for the low price of $29.99/month!  That's less than the cost of a steak dinner for two!  What a deal!  :-D

We're still setting up the payment system, but I've given a trial membership to a few randomly-selected members.  We even have a special rank image for Gold members:



I have a few trial accounts left to give out, so if you're interested, let me know and I'll choose someone at random :-)
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Re: Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2014, 10:51:49 am »
Hey Natasha! I just sent you an email and gave the payment in. :)

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Re: Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2014, 11:03:37 am »
Hey Natasha! I just sent you an email and gave the payment in. :)

Oooo, our first customer!  Your subscription has been set up :-)
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Re: Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2014, 11:04:59 am »
PS.   I sent a little extra too because my mom gave me an extra $5 for good grades.

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Re: Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2014, 11:44:07 am »
As I've said before, this is a great idea and something that I think will make the forum better. Honestly, what is cooler than paying $29.99 for these bonus features? The entire forum is going to be SO much better. I can't wait to choose my payment plan.

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Re: Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2014, 11:47:10 am »
I think a loophole has been found! Non-gold freeloaders can still post links like this!

[Admin Edit: Whoops, let me remove that until Natasha enacts these changes. We wouldn't want Non-gold freeloaders exploiting our new system.]
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Re: Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2014, 12:21:32 pm »
Literally this.

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Re: Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2014, 12:50:04 pm »
Why, this must be some April day tomfoolery. I tip my hat to you sir
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Re: Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2014, 01:03:10 pm »
Why, this must be some April day tomfoolery. I tip my hat to you sir

Why we're actually being serious though? It's a thing we've always wanted to do just never had the time.
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Re: Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2014, 01:03:18 pm »
So, which one of you guys changed my custom title?
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Re: Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2014, 01:30:36 pm »
Why, this must be some April day tomfoolery. I tip my hat to you sir

Why we're actually being serious though? It's a thing we've always wanted to do just never had the time.
I for one think it's a good idea, just think of the endless possabilities!
Although how much will this be for UK residents if roughly converted?
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Re: Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2014, 01:34:29 pm »
Why, this must be some April day tomfoolery. I tip my hat to you sir

Why we're actually being serious though? It's a thing we've always wanted to do just never had the time.
I for one think it's a good idea, just think of the endless possabilities!
Although how much will this be for UK residents if roughly converted?
Conversion software I'm using tell me that it's £18.01, while Google says it's £18.03. So I'd say around £18.

An excellent bargain price regardless of the exchange rate.
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Re: Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2014, 01:35:47 pm »
Why, this must be some April day tomfoolery. I tip my hat to you sir

Why we're actually being serious though? It's a thing we've always wanted to do just never had the time.
I for one think it's a good idea, just think of the endless possabilities!
Although how much will this be for UK residents if roughly converted?
Conversion software I'm using tell me that it's £18.01, while Google says it's £18.03. So I'd say around £18.

An excellent bargain price regardless of the exchange rate.
Yep I'll just pay more for FT than I do now for my internet bill XD
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Re: Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2014, 01:41:32 pm »
Why, this must be some April day tomfoolery. I tip my hat to you sir

Why we're actually being serious though? It's a thing we've always wanted to do just never had the time.
I for one think it's a good idea, just think of the endless possabilities!
Although how much will this be for UK residents if roughly converted?
Conversion software I'm using tell me that it's £18.01, while Google says it's £18.03. So I'd say around £18.

An excellent bargain price regardless of the exchange rate.
Yep I'll just pay more for FT than I do now for my internet bill XD

Well, in America, we pay twice this amount for our internet service, because we're the richest country on earth and can afford to buy the best internet.  If you can't afford it, maybe you should leave your third-world country.
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Re: Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2014, 01:47:44 pm »
Why, this must be some April day tomfoolery. I tip my hat to you sir

Why we're actually being serious though? It's a thing we've always wanted to do just never had the time.
I for one think it's a good idea, just think of the endless possabilities!
Although how much will this be for UK residents if roughly converted?
Conversion software I'm using tell me that it's £18.01, while Google says it's £18.03. So I'd say around £18.

An excellent bargain price regardless of the exchange rate.
Yep I'll just pay more for FT than I do now for my internet bill XD

Well, in America, we pay twice this amount for our internet service, because we're the richest country on earth and can afford to buy the best internet.  If you can't afford it, maybe you should leave your third-world country.
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Re: Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2014, 02:02:53 pm »
Poor people are funny. Why can't they just have money?

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Re: Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2014, 02:03:08 pm »
I think I'm going to start investing in this, with such an affordable cost and great benefits, I'll be mad not too!
If the effect don't come into change until May, does that mean that April is the trial month for people who just signed up for it?
Again, this is such a great idea, the money earned will definitely benefit the whole FT community.
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Re: Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2014, 02:06:25 pm »
I think I'm going to start investing in this, with such an affordable cost and great benefits, I'll be mad not too!
If the effect don't come into change until May, does that mean that April is the trial month for people who just signed up for it?
Again, this is such a great idea, the money earned will definitely benefit the whole FT community.

Basically, we didn't want to just cut off features for plebes members who are planning on freeloading not upgrading to Gold accounts, so we're giving a month's notice for it.
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Re: Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #18 on: April 01, 2014, 02:09:05 pm »
I will pawn off all my property for this! Who needs a house when you've got FT gold and a cardboard box?

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Re: Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #19 on: April 01, 2014, 02:12:39 pm »
I think that when the staff upgrade to FT Gold, we should get blue and purple spinning dollar graphics in place of our pips. That way we get to exemplify our patricianhood +1.
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