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#1 Zen_

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Posted 02 January 2016 - 12:46 PM

Soon we will be making changes to how the VIP and Donations systems work. Much of this is to allow us to more fully utilize the Store, as well as membership package auto-promotions. I'll go over, briefly, how things used to work, and then outline the new hotness that's coming your way.

 

First off. Donations. In the past you could "donate" and receive VIP status which gave you access to mainly Chat, but also additional features and permissions on the forums. You could also just donate, a charitable contribution, to help the sites operational budget requirements.

 

Thanks be to all those who have donated, out of grace or for VIP; we have come a long way in 13 years, and much of that has been due to your direct and indirect support. So thanks to you all.

 

Moving forward, we would like to make more transparent where your contributions are going, and even give you the opportunity to support the specific causes you care most about. This will come in the form of three (3) new VIP groups, and a new take on the donations center. The *old* VIP group will be retired, and all those present will be grandfathered in OG style.

 

The new VIP groups will be accessible via the Store under Premium Memberships. As you know, Mycotopia is free to the public and will always remain so. We do however count on your contributions to thrive as a community, and as our community grows so too do our financial liabilities. Subscribing to a Premium Membership allows you to support Mycotopia on an ongoing basis while also giving you access to more functionality and features site-wide.

 

Premium Memberships will be a subscription that any member here may purchase and self-manage. When your subscription lapses so too will any add-ons associated with your package.

 

Donations will be split into Campaigns to which you may choose which you would like to support. An example will be Site Operations - We pay for software, servers, security, domain names, services, ssl, and a host of other things to keep this site humming along; donating here will ensure your donations get attributed to this campaign only. A second example may be the upcoming Site Redesign - With the size and complexity of our platform we've decided it's best to hire professionals to recreate, graphically, what it means to be Mycotopia and integrate that into our existing platform; donating here will ensure that you're supporting, specifically, the Site Redesign Campaign.

 

Likewise, we will create additional campaigns ongoing as-needed to help generate enough revenue to cover the costs and truly making this a site of the members and for the members.

 

With these new groups we will also be releasing our new MycoChat service. The current Chat system will be retired. This is due to direct and repeated requests from our members for a better chat system. We think you'll enjoy the new MycoChat - it's a real-time IRC-like chat system, user uploads and attachments, url pre-rendering, smilies, multiple channels, private messaging, notifications, user tagging; and best of all there is a web client, a mobile client, and a desktop client! It's all SSL and encrypted traffic too.

 

 

 

Generally we feel this is a major update and a very positive direction for our community and we hope you will feel the same. Stay tuned as we release more information on the new VIP groups, the new MycoChat, the new Donations system, and last but not least, our new Awards system.

 

Oh yea, I failed to mention that. Awards. We will be creating awards for achieving various things around the community. :)  Keep up the good work ya'll, movin and groovin, Mycotopia is scootin!


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#2 azure7

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Posted 02 January 2016 - 01:00 PM

good to hear zen! nice seeing that things are coming along on several fronts ... 


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#3 Neptunechild

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 09:00 PM

Namaste

 

hey I just wanted to say that some useres like me for example, who don't comment or post on website related threads are of course (silently) very interested and happy to hear all the good news :)! So thanks everyone, from donators, to admins, mods and all others useres for creating and being part in such a great community. I am using the net for a decade now and this is still the only forum that I have ever registred on.

 

Greetings to all


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#4 coorsmikey

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 09:17 PM

Namaste
 
hey I just wanted to say that some useres like me for example, who don't comment or post on website related threads are of course (silently) very interested and happy to hear all the good news :)! So thanks everyone, from donators, to admins, mods and all others useres for creating and being part in such a great community. I am using the net for a decade now and this is still the only forum that I have ever registred on.
 
Greetings to all

Thanks for being a part of our community and also the kind words,
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#5 cap'n cube

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 07:55 AM

those awards look ace!


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#6 wildedibles

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 09:15 AM

:) Thanks Zen

#7 Zen_

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Posted 18 March 2016 - 10:37 PM

VIP, Chat, and Awards are all now active.


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#8 meyer

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Posted 20 March 2016 - 09:12 PM

Nice Job team topia! We will all benefit from these changes that have been made.

Thank you for your tireless efforts, I know yaw'll ain't doing it for the money.
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#9 meyer

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 01:00 AM

Could the Administrators and Moderates consider adding a rookie of the award? It could go by category, Buds, Shrooms, and Cacti, plus any other relevant category.

I have outlined my thoughts on Skunks thread, I just posted them, but I think posting here would get the attention of the decision makers, could some of you please read my idea further and seriously consider it?

I nominate Skunk; if broken into categories, I nominate Skunk for the following categories:
- Cacti
- Exotic Plants

Thank you for your efforts and hard work to make this place a community!
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#10 Zen_

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 09:34 AM

Added to the queue


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#11 coorsmikey

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 12:35 PM

Could the Administrators and Moderates consider adding a rookie of the award? It could go by category, Buds, Shrooms, and Cacti, plus any other relevant category.
I have outlined my thoughts on Skunks thread, I just posted them, but I think posting here would get the attention of the decision makers, could some of you please read my idea further and seriously consider it?
I nominate Skunk; if broken into categories, I nominate Skunk for the following categories:
- Cacti
- Exotic Plants
Thank you for your efforts and hard work to make this place a community!

Great Idea Meyer! It has definitely got my gears turning on the idea, let's see where it goes. Thank you for speaking up and throwing out the suggestion!

Edited by coorsmikey, 23 March 2016 - 01:11 PM.

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#12 Ghostshroom

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Posted 03 November 2019 - 01:27 AM

How do I donate? Can’t find a link anywhere?

#13 coorsmikey

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Posted 04 November 2019 - 09:28 PM

How do I donate? Can’t find a link anywhere?

 

Very nice of your to ask! It's not an easy process as the is no button to click on but there are bread crumbs here and there for those to really want to help. I should probably pull this thread as its now obsolete but it is just another crumb to follow.      VIP Membership. What to know with Mycotopia without PayPal.    



#14 BallinMYLF

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 06:46 PM

Hey guys - the cash app doesn’t work in my country or region.. struggling to donate . Is there another direct link I can follow ?

#15 coorsmikey

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 08:21 AM

Hey guys - the cash app doesn’t work in my country or region.. struggling to donate . Is there another direct link I can follow ?

 

Ah Thanks! What do you have in your country that is compatible with something in the US?



#16 RutgerHauer

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Posted 24 November 2019 - 02:43 PM

My mind wasn't in the right state to notice this kind of topic really over the past years, but I will donate something as soon as I can miss it. It won't be much but I would like to show my love.

Everyone involved in keeping this site up and running deserves a medal!

Cheers
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