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#1 Admin

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 14:23

Dearest members of our little Fountain Pen Nut House on the digital prairie,

Announcement
Today, we have the pleasure of being able to announce a new set of member groups, structured as (payable) Premium Accounts, aimed at those running a business, starting one, or on their way to a full business.


Fitting solution
In the past, there never were any possibilities here on FPN to cater for this group of members, and we had all kinds of half-hearted solutions to allow these valued members to contribute to FPN.
However, after lengthy debates and searching for options within the team and the outside world (yes, there is such a thing ;)), we do think we have found a solution which balances the need for "normal" members, and for those more commercially inclined in a way which will allow for optimal and pleasant interactions between both member groups, to the benefit of both.

New forum and rules
In order to make this possible, apart from a few extra member groups (Ruby, Emerald and Diamond), we have also created a new forum, aptly called The Mall, where commercial members may show their wares and services. In addition, we have updated the rules for Classifieds, rules for Market Watch and of course the General Rules and Guidelines, while adding a set of extra rules of engagement for the Premium Accounts.


Benefits to FPN
As to FPN itself, the benefits we strive for are not only enough funding to keep our site in the air, but to grow and nurture FPN further, along the same lines we have always done, namely provide a place for discussion of our shared interests and to help each other with knowledge and the exchange of shared interest items, while maintaining the warm, welcoming, cosy and lively feel of this meeting place where many a new friendship is forged.


More reading
If you'd like to read more about the subject (do note that some of the links do not work for Bronze Members and Guests):

Exciting Changes at FPN!
All Brand Spanking New: Premium Accounts
Premium Accounts Table of Comparison

Enjoy!

Warmest regards,
The FPN Admin and Moderator Team
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Thank you very much in advance.
 
Warm regards,
The FPN Admin Team

#2 myn

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 14:49

Exciting developments - you're not kidding. Went to bed and woke up to a brand new FPN. Awesome job. :roflmho:

I would like to ask clarification on this point if I may. ". . . these Gold Members are limited to a maximum of 3 classifieds per week, and a maximum of 24 classifieds per year, with a maximum of one (1) pen or pen lot, with a single, total, realistic price, per listing (or classified). "

If I wish to sell three pens from my collection that are all different, can they be posted together, with the appropriate photos and information or 1) must I list only one pen per ad? and 2) Does pen lot mean pens of the same brand and/or parts or can a pen lot be considered several pens of different brands?

Sorry if this question seems foolish but I just want to be absolutely clear about any postings I may make in the future in classifieds.

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#3 pb2

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 17:46

Hey, Okay ~

I might be missing something, Posted Image but the Account Comparison seems to says that Ruby gets 20 classified per month and the quote below says 10 (less than Gold):

"2.b. Ruby Traders: A Ruby Premium Account Holder, a (semi-) professional from the world of fountain pens, MUST post their classifieds in the Ruby category. A Ruby Account Holder is allowed to post a maximum of 10 Classifieds per month, and has several other benefits, in the Classifieds section and other parts of the board."


I like Ruby. Please let me know what the Ruby classified limit is.


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#4 bitterwonder

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 22:23

This a makes sense; it has always irritated me that people were setting up shop and just selling and not contributing intellectually.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 22:35

Got it! Thanks for the edit. I'm a Ruby Dude! Posted Image
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#6 kayefj

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 21:40

I like the new changes!

#7 gregkoos

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 18:34

The changes make sense to me. I've send donations to  site if I had good sales - but the last time I did not receive a reply, so I stopped doing that. The fees for active sellers look reasonable and the sliding sale makes good sense. Congratulations on a well thought out scheme.


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#8 Albert163

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 19:47

Is it just me or is the time stamp on this thread wrong? its saying April    :huh:



#9 RMN

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 20:21

Is it just me or is the time stamp on this thread wrong? its saying April    :huh:

This is about some new features to the board before al the recent troubles., so yes, the timestamp April was correct if I remember well.

 

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#10 Writer01

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 22:08

I'm very impressed. A lovely clean, new look to the site. Great work, folks.


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#11 publishing guy

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 15:46

Congratulations on the changes. They make sense, and they look good. It'll take a liitle adjustment, but that's OK,


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Posted 12 May 2013 - 08:14

Like the changes the site seems easier to use.  Well done.