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Old 10-15-2008, 04:34 PM   #16
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Yep, check your premium drop down menu at the top.
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Old 10-15-2008, 04:36 PM   #17
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I appreciate the upgrade to Gold

I appreciate the ability to turn off the ads (though I would have been content with an ability to just turn off the text ad, because I realize how important the ads are to the site)

I appreciate the listening to the feed back.

But all of this is shadowed by the fact that:

I F***ING LOVE iSpy!
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Old 10-15-2008, 04:36 PM   #18
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Old 10-15-2008, 04:40 PM   #19
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BrightestStar,

Forums can be very inexpensive to start but as they ramp up to the size of Interference they become more expensive to operate. I believe we have about 80,000 posts per month which means we need a dedicated server and Server Admins to make sure everyone's info is safe. On top of the server hosting costs, I took out a loan to buy Interference. So I have payments on that to make plus paying a programmer, maintenance fees on the software, and I plan to keep investing to make the site better. Since July we have had 20 people upgrade which has generated less then $375 over the last 4 months which is not even close to covering the hosting much less any of the other expenses.

I just recently found out that the old Premium Memberships were actually subscriptions which means that money was pulled from their accounts each year without requiring a renewal. Elvis canceled all the subscriptions which included over 130 members who were paying but had not visited the site in over a year. Based on old threads and the over all sentiment about automatic subscriptions vs manual the mod team and I decided the right thing to do is to allow member to decide if they want to continue their upgrade instead of automatically taking the money out of their account. That being said the amount of people who renew is probably going to drop significantly since it's not automatic. So for me it's difficult because I am trying to keep investing in interference and keep pushing things forward to make Interference better but at the same a plethora of issues have prevented the site from being self sustainable so far.

The ads indeed have been horribly targeted. One of the issues is the domain name which causes Google Ads to keep showing ads based on the word "Interference" about science instead of about U2. I have been working with Google to try and get more focused ads things have improved slightly. Unfortunately for now they continue to under perform, that could change if I can get the site into better ad networks. Another reason the ads are not as relevant is that we have forum names that don't tell the ad software what the page is about. A good example is Vorsprung durch Technik which throws off the bot that tries to find relevant ads based on the page title, content of the page, etc.

Regardless, things will be OK and I hope the changes that have been made will be sufficient to bring value to the member to renew their Premium Memberships.
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Old 10-15-2008, 04:44 PM   #20
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Old 10-15-2008, 04:52 PM   #21
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iSpy is my favorite thing ever.
Me too.

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I F***ING LOVE iSpy!
So do i. iSpy. Its crazy watching it. Should be fun when the set list parties come around.

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Since July we have had 20 people upgrade which has generated less then $375 over the last 4 months which is not even close to covering the hosting much less any of the other expenses.
Yay to me for being one of the 20 upgraders.

Andy. Thanks for the gold upgrade. Also i really like the separate premium menu, will make going to change a signature quicker. Overall great changes. Hope you manage to get the ad thing sorted.
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Old 10-15-2008, 04:57 PM   #22
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Old 10-15-2008, 06:23 PM   #23
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I'm intrigued by the changes and am looking forward to checking things out further.

For what it's worth, I agree with Bri about the ads, but to be honest, I don't think I've ever clicked on an ad for anything on any site anywhere.

I'm guessing once I switch off the ads, I won't be having the navigation problem I was bitching about before. Can't wait to get home and find out.
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Old 10-15-2008, 07:10 PM   #24
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Ha, the new additions are quite fun. Also, no ads

Good stuff, thanks.
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What is that exactly? I can seem to find an explanation of what it is.
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:48 PM   #26
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What is that exactly? I can seem to find an explanation of what it is.
It's basically a page that shows posts made across all the forums in a streaming format. As people post they drop down the page and the new posts show at the top.
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So far the ads have been a total disappointment (no one clicks)
Now that can't possibly be true, I've accidentally clicked several times.
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Old 10-15-2008, 10:04 PM   #28
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So far the ads have been a total disappointment (no one clicks) so please consider upgrading to help support our community so we can remain a strong and vibrant place for U2 fans to congregate on the internet.
I'm not tremendously surprised. I hate ads, which is quite ironic in that I work in an advertising-related profession. I would definitely say that it's because 99% of internet ads I've ever seen have the credibility of e-mail spam and spyware, and the ads I've seen here--which you rightfully state have been poorly targeted--fit this usual pattern. It's certainly not your fault, in that you can only advertise what's out there currently, but I think that, until this systemic, industry-wide credibility problem is addressed, you'll have a hard time making money off of it.

I've got a long time until renewal time, but I have a feeling I'll be around a while.
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Old 10-15-2008, 10:34 PM   #29
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I just stumbled upon this, and I just want to thank you.
I love Interference, and honestly would pay even double what you are asking.
It is a very fair price, and to me worth it.
I have met some of the most wonderful people, and made lifetime friends.
I have ben able to express myself through blogs and threads, and been fortunate enough to get to know fellow U2 lovers through the same means.

I would like to know how to make sure my membership continues...
where do I send, or pay and when do I know my memb. is about to expire?

Thank you so much for the upgrades, and well, everything.

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Old 10-15-2008, 10:43 PM   #30
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It's basically a page that shows posts made across all the forums in a streaming format. As people post they drop down the page and the new posts show at the top.
Can I offer a suggestion? It would be very cool if you could customize which forums you'd like to "spy" on. For instance, I might be interested in seeing what is posted in FYM and LS, but not Out of Control (never was a fan of those game threads!).

Regardless, it's a pretty cool new function!
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