Discuss: Premium Membership and recent changes to the forums - page 7

please use this thread to discuss this announcement: premium membership and recent changes to the forums thanks admin note added: after further consideration, it would have been better to... Read More

  1. Visit  Liddle Noodnik profile page
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    Hi Brian I totally understand and thank you for all you have put into the site!

    I think it would be easier to understand if you could say what the free membership INCLUDES, could you do that, and PM me as well as I may not be back on this thread?

    Thanks a lot Brian and God bless you!
  2. Visit  weetziebat profile page
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    Well, since we are all together discussing this issue, I'd like to tell the reason I, personally, became upset.

    One day, on one of the break room threads, someone mentioned they were disappointed in the Premium Membership. Another poster agreed. Then the very next day, I went to post in the break room, and discovered I'd been banned. It appeared to me to be done in the spur of the moment, in response to the comment.

    I was well aware of Premium Membership but since I am planning to move overseas next month, and don't know how long it will be until I have computer access again, thought I would wait till then to become a Premium member.

    I am not arguing the cost to operate this site as I have no idea about all that. Since discovering allnurses I have fallen in love with it. Such a great opportunity to get together with other folks you have so much in common with. I've learned so much (even after 30 years in nursing) and have made so many great friends here.

    For me, it is not about the money, although I do feel bad for some - for example, the Filippina nurses to whom $24. a year is an outrageous sum of money to pay for this. The Break Room in particular provides such camaraderie, which I don't see could be possible in nursing threads. My objection was the way it was handled. Yes, Brian, you did say that you realized we should have been given notice - and I do appreciate anyone who admits to being in the wrong. And it is your site. And, yes, you have opened the Break Room and Current Events until after New Years.

    Perhaps what it boils down to for me is I wish you had just posted a thread about the issue - this is the problem, this is why its a problem, and this is what I feel is best to do about it. And then opened it up for discussion. O.K. so its your site and in your judgment this is what needs to be done in order for the site to continue. Perhaps we could have discussed possible alternatives. Not saying it would have changed anything, but think it would have given folks a feeling that you care about what members think.

    Perhaps you really don't care if some members choose to leave because of this, but it sures seems like a such a shame to have all this turmoil and disagreement. I don't know what I expect you to do about it now, but just wanted to let you know another posters view of it.
  3. Visit  Brian profile page
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    Quote from zoeboboey
    Hi Brian I totally understand and thank you for all you have put into the site!

    I think it would be easier to understand if you could say what the free membership INCLUDES, could you do that, and PM me as well as I may not be back on this thread?

    Thanks a lot Brian and God bless you!
    Great Idea.
    Here is what You still get for free without upgrading to a premium membership:

    • Get full access to about 150 nursing related forums where you can post and read.
    • Live Chat
    • Private Messages system with 50 messages storage.
    • Be able to use smilies in your post.
    • Be able to read the Break Room and Current Events forums.
    • Be able to look through the members photo gallery.
    • Be able to read members journals.
    • Be able to search all 150 nursing forums by keywords.
    • Be able to subscribe to topics and/or forums and get email notices when they are updated, per your preference (immediate, daily, weekly, never).
    • access to your user cp, where you can organize your subscribed threads/forums in folders.
    • have a buddy list.
    • have an ignore list.
    • access the calendar and birthday list.
    • browse the member list.
    • participate in polls.
    • use the active topics menu, New post, last 1,2,3,4,5 days, unanswered post search options.
    • quick reply box at bottom of threads and PMs.
    That's what I can recall off the top of my head, there may be more that I am forgetting, but that's a start. So as you can see, you are still getting a great list of features.

    I just added this list to the first post in this thread as well.

    Hope that helps.
    Last edit by brian on Dec 10, '04
  4. Visit  URO-RN profile page
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    Quick fyi...

    Now, you can give "gift subscriptions" to others.


    Jo-
  5. Visit  Bjo profile page
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    Now I know why my signature was taken off, I guess!!
    What is the deadline for this payment? I can't say that I am a frequent user, but when I feel the need, I like the options I have always had.
    Hmmmm! I have to think on this.
    I guess you're either going to be "in" or "out" so to speak. Kind of divided. Pretty sad but I understand the need for the cash!
  6. Visit  Brian profile page
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    Quote from Bjo
    Now I know why my signature was taken off, I guess!!
    What is the deadline for this payment? I can't say that I am a frequent user, but when I feel the need, I like the options I have always had.
    Hmmmm! I have to think on this.
    I guess you're either going to be "in" or "out" so to speak. Kind of divided. Pretty sad but I understand the need for the cash!
    Jan 2nd we will be fully activating the premium membership restrictions.
  7. Visit  Tweety profile page
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    Brian apologized for springing it on us, so we need to forgive on move past that.

    Despite what I think this website "should be", or indeed what it actually means to me, is entirely different from the owner.

    Most internet sites are entrepreneurial in nature, even if the site is to provide information and fellowship. I post to a board that was free and the popups and the ads are deafening. Many if they aren't directly selling something, ask for donations, or charge a fee. I've given money to about four sites I regularly visit.

    With all the hours Brian puts into this site, I can't blame him a bit for trying to minimize expense or to even make a profit. Rather than participate in a poll how on how I would want this site run, I choose accept Brian's choices. Frankly with the number of posts I have I would feel horrible to demand it stay free if he needed the money to keep it running or make a profit.

    Forutnately I'm blessed to have to work only one hour a year to pay for this site. I'm willing to pay for someone's membership if someone is in need, please ask me.

    If you feel it's a matter of principal, I humbly disagree and allow you that. Continue to vent your concerns and make suggestions.

    I know as soon as I say things like "this website should be........" "I thought it was supposed to be about...........", "why can't it be.......", "don't change it means so much to me..........". Sooner or later I get disappointed. I'll go with the flow and then move on when that time comes.

    My 2 cents.


    I didn't know we had games either. Cool.
    Last edit by 3rdShiftGuy on Dec 10, '04
  8. Visit  CrunchRN profile page
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    Even with the changes/restrictions this site is still a great deal as we can access it for free although in a more limited way. I go to some of the other sites and the threads are old and infrequently visited. So thanks Brian for what you are still allowing us to access for free.
  9. Visit  Rustyhammer profile page
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    Quote from brian
    great idea.
    here is what you still get for free without upgrading to a premium membership:
    • get full access to about 150 nursing related forums where you can post and read.
    • live chat
    • private messages system with 50 messages storage.
    • be able to use smilies in your post.
    • be able to read the break room and current events forums.
    • be able to look through the members photo gallery.
    • be able to read members journals.
    • be able to search all 150 nursing forums by keywords.
    • be able to subscribe to topics and/or forums and get email notices when they are updated, per your preference (immediate, daily, weekly, never).
    • access to your user cp, where you can organize your subscribed threads/forums in folders.
    • have a buddy list.
    • have an ignore list.
    • access the calendar and birthday list.
    • browse the member list.
    • participate in polls.
    • use the active topics menu, new post, last 1,2,3,4,5 days, unanswered post search options.
    • quick reply box at bottom of threads and pms.
    with the premium membership you get all of the above plus:

    1. you will have a nice "premium member" logo under your username in every post.
    2. photo gallery for sharing your photos with the community.
    3. personal journal (blog) for keeping either a private or public journal.
    4. your pm box will increase in size, from 100 messages maximum to 500 maximum (inbox and sent items combined), and you'll have the ability to pm up to 30 buddies at once.
    5. you'll get full access to a private "premium member" forums.
      • premium member forum
      • break room
      • current events
    6. avatars - cool pictures next to your username.
    7. signatures - short comments at the bottom of all your post.
    8. we will be adding additional features in the future as well.
    9. we will be giving forum support priority to premium members.
    10. additional features to be added on in the near future.
    that and you will know that allnurses.com , the place we call home on the net, is getting your support for a very reasonable cost.

    -russell
  10. Visit  NRSKarenRN profile page
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    only 2 forums out of 150+ forums: the break room and current events is where posting ability will be limited to premium bb members.

    general membership will be able to view those areas and post everywhere else on the board so nurses from around the world will still be able to benefit from this great website.

    in speaking with brian last night, he will be reorganizing some of the forum lists over the next couple of weeks for ease of use too as allnurses.com continues to improve the #1 world wide nursing network.

    continue to use the site feedback forum for fastest direct communication with the administration team (only seen by admin team) regarding
    bb concerns or improvements desired. we don't view all 1,200+ posts the board now daily receives and want to be able to respond to your concerns quickly as possible.

    the moderating team (including russell, ted and myself) all volunteer our time here to create a welcoming and nurturing environment to promote and support our nursing profession...along with being allnurses addicts too. :chuckle :chuckle

    brian has given us the power to communicate instantaneously across the world 24/7. let's see what we can do with this power over the coming months and years to move the nursing profession forward. :hatparty:
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Dec 10, '04
  11. Visit  Sadie04 profile page
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    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    Brian apologized for springing it on us, so we need to forgive on move past that.

    Despite what I think this website "should be", or indeed what it actually means to me, is entirely different from the owner.

    Most internet sites are entrepreneurial in nature, even if the site is to provide information and fellowship. I post to a board that was free and the popups and the ads are deafening. Many if they aren't directly selling something, ask for donations, or charge a fee. I've given money to about four sites I regularly visit.

    With all the hours Brian puts into this site, I can't blame him a bit for trying to minimize expense or to even make a profit. Rather than participate in a poll how on how I would want this site run, I choose accept Brian's choices. Frankly with the number of posts I have I would feel horrible to demand it stay free if he needed the money to keep it running or make a profit.

    Forutnately I'm blessed to have to work only one hour a year to pay for this site. I'm willing to pay for someone's membership if someone is in need, please ask me.

    If you feel it's a matter of principal, I humbly disagree and allow you that. Continue to vent your concerns and make suggestions.

    I know as soon as I say things like "this website should be........" "I thought it was supposed to be about...........", "why can't it be.......", "don't change it means so much to me..........". Sooner or later I get disappointed. I'll go with the flow and then move on when that time comes.

    My 2 cents.


    I didn't know we had games either. Cool.
    Awww Tweety... that's so sweet and generous of you to offer to help others with the cost of membership. Maybe a pool could be created so we can donate $ for those who can't swing the cost of membership.
  12. Visit  NursesRmofun profile page
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    testing, testing....

    Hey, I see myself! Had some problems posting last night. I am happy it is fixed.

    I do think this is the best nursing site, even when not talking about nursing but OT's.

    Thanks.
  13. Visit  Bjo profile page
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    Hey, I actually love this site. I read a lot of posts, although I don't usually have a lot to add. I learn a lot and I enjoy reading about what other nurses are doing and thinking.
    I am going to join, because I don't want to miss out.
    I was just surprised, that's all!
    (I think this is the best nursing site on the web)

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