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The changes to FPN: what do they mean?


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#1 Admin

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 21:20

Dearest Members & Visitors to the Fountain Pen Network,

What do the changes to FPN member accounts mean for you?

  • If you are a Bronze or Silver Member with no commercial interests: absolutely nothing.
  • If you are a Gold Member with no commercial interests: absolutely nothing, with 1 small exception. You cannot post unlimited numbers of listings in Classifeds anymore, but you wouldn't anyway.
  • If you are a Gold Member with commercial (or other) interests: you no longer can advertise in high volumes or at high value without a Premium account.
  • Premium accounts come at a price, at 3 different levels, with 3 different sets of extra options, providing the possibility to advertise your business or services right here on FPN in a variety of ways. The latter was not possible before.

Who can purchase a Premium Account?

Silver and Gold Members only. These accounts are upgradable as well, from one to the other. Do note that purchasing a Premium account is a commitment for a full year and that there is no refund option.

Why these changes?
We need funding to keep FPN running, and hopefully growing. FPN is run by volunteers, but there are certain costs which cannot be avoided, such as hosting, licensing, support and accounting costs.

In order to find out more, please read any of the relevant News items, click on the links in the Side Bar, or in the bar at the top of each page.

Kind regards,
The FPN Admin Team


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Please direct questions and comments to FPN Admin email, or directly to admin Wim (wimg).
 
Thank you very much in advance.
 
Warm regards,
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#2 Brian C

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 02:40

I can't complain with anything here. I come here for the posts, not for the sales.

#3 Sasha Royale

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 12:48

I joined to promote my hobby, to trade ideas and an occasional fountain pen.

Long ago, I subscribed to a magazine. It turned out to be 75% advertising.
I cancelled.

I am a hardcore capitalist, but it's not the reason I joined. I support these changes.

You will continue to accept voluntary donations, won't you ?

Edited by Sasha Royale, 11 April 2013 - 12:55.

Auf freiem Grund mit freiem Volke stehn. 
Zum Augenblicke dürft ich sagen: 
Verweile doch, du bist so schön ! 


#4 watch_art

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 13:24

I joined to promote my hobby, to trade ideas and an occasional fountain pen.

Long ago, I subscribed to a magazine. It turned out to be 75% advertising.
I cancelled.

I am a hardcore capitalist, but it's not the reason I joined. I support these changes.

You will continue to accept voluntary donations, won't you ?


Yes. :)

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#5 Frankiex

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 13:26

I have to say nice job on listening to people, and adding the appropriate forums!



Regards,

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#6 RMN

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 16:04

OK, so that was the reason the board was offline...

Not bad at all. Of course there will always be discussion about this or that subforum.


I do have a suggestion, though:

Keep the news forum for news, and transfer all threads about "where is my ink" and about Cafe Press to the same forum as the LE pens, so all the FPN-related shopping goes together.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 19:13

Cheers to Wim, and the Admin & Mod team members for all their work yesterday. The old writing instruments forum looks much tidier and more focused now. I like the addition of the China/ROC and Miscellaneous Brands forums. I don't want to even think about how much coffee, pizza and beer was consumed moving those threads around, but it was worth it. Good changes! :)

Edited by Treecat, 11 April 2013 - 19:13.


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Posted 11 April 2013 - 23:46

There's pizza and beer?! :blink: Man....! :bonk:

#9 Aslan

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 23:50

Cool. Got it.

Thanks!
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#10 wimg

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 01:32

There's pizza and beer?! :blink: Man....! :bonk:

Sheesh, I appear to have missed it too...

Warm regards, Wim

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#11 lsmith42

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 02:51

What would it cost me to get things put back the way they were?
MB JFK BB; 100th Anniversary M; Hemingway M, BP; Dumas M FP/BP/MP set; Fitzgerald M FP/BP/MP set; Jules Verne BB; Bernstein F; Shaw B; Schiller M; yellow gold/pearl Bohème Pirouette Lilas (custom MB-fitted EF); gold 744-N flexy OBB; 236 flexy OBB; gold/citrine Le Grand F; silver pinstripe Le Grand B; 149 F x2; 149 M; 147 F; 146 OB; 146 M; 146 F; 145P M; 162 RB

#12 Deirdre

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 03:00

Cue Austin Powers Theme.
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#13 JonSzanto

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 03:28


"When Men differ in Opinion, both Sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Publick; and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter."
~ Benjamin Franklin

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 03:30

One MILLION dollars. (putting pinky next to mouth)
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Posted 16 April 2013 - 19:13


There's pizza and beer?! :blink: Man....! :bonk:

Sheesh, I appear to have missed it too...

Warm regards, Wim


If you missed the pizza and beer I will be happy to send those responsible for all this work some homemade Scottish shortbread from my great-grandmother's recipe. It travels well.
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Posted 16 April 2013 - 20:35



There's pizza and beer?! :blink: Man....! :bonk:

Sheesh, I appear to have missed it too...

Warm regards, Wim


If you missed the pizza and beer I will be happy to send those responsible for all this work some homemade Scottish shortbread from my great-grandmother's recipe. It travels well.



I would LOVE some homemade bread. :D

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#17 RMN

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 00:24




There's pizza and beer?! :blink: Man....! :bonk:

Sheesh, I appear to have missed it too...

Warm regards, Wim


If you missed the pizza and beer I will be happy to send those responsible for all this work some homemade Scottish shortbread from my great-grandmother's recipe. It travels well.



I would LOVE some homemade bread. :D


Shortbread falls short of bread...

Actually these are cookies. :puddle:


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 00:28

It looks to me like I just waited too long to sell the thirty or so extra pens I have setting around; I guess I'll have to let them set a bit longer while I think about it..

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 00:28

Oh. Well... shows what I know. :P

I did get some amazing cookies in the mail today from the lady who inspired me to start my scholarship. Yes! My friend's mom and I are still in touch. :) And she sent me COOKIES!!
Holy cow they're great too. That first bite brought back some memories. Here's the recipe.
;)

http://www.kingarthu...-cookies-recipe

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#20 wvbeetlebug

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 16:30

Dang. I've been away for too long.

:happycloud9:

 

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:49

I first came to FPN for the knowledge and the community, but I love the resources the marketplace provides for sellers. So I am more than happy to contribute to keep this place running. It would be a shame to lose this huge archive of FP information.

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 03:49

I buy, very rarely sell, but do enjoy all the reading and drooling.
However, can someone explain how I can't access emoticons.....I'm using my iPad or iPod, depending on where I'm sitting and how good my eyes are.......but i don't get that menu bar thingy to even choose if i want them.
Is it because although I'm a 'goldie' and have been here for centuries I haven't contributed (yet)?
Hugs, and 'well done' pats on the backs of all the boffins!!!!
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#23 wimg

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 13:40

Hi Chirs,

 

It is a bit unfortunate, but the formatting options on iPad and iPhone are not supported with the current editor, due to stability problems so I have been told. The developers are working on it, for the next major release early next year, but in the mean time you can use the text short-cuts for the emoticons - that will work.

 

I will make a list of those, once I've got them all working again (some don't, currently).

 

HTH, warm regards, Wim


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Posted 23 May 2013 - 03:33

Hi Wimg!!!

Oops! Please ignore my message to you, sent just moments ago - and in the meantime I look forward to your instructions for "Emoticon links for dummies"!!!!!!
Hugs,
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#25 PAKMAN

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 22:09

Emoticons:  OK see if this works. I kept having a problem because when you type the name of an emoticon it turns into the emoticon when you post. So I took the whole list of working FPN emoticons and converted it to an image below. You just type in the one you want in your message and when you post it should convert to the emoticon automatically.

 

http://www.fountainp...__emoticons.jpg

 

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I will make another post in a second from my iPad to make sure this works as described.



#26 PAKMAN

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 22:17

This message created on first generation iPad using Safari. Typed in names of emoticons and here they are!  :) :ninja: :bunny01:



#27 wimg

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 22:40

Great! Thank you, Perry!

 

Warm regards, Wim


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Posted 24 May 2013 - 02:54

Hi wimg and Perry!

Here goes my first attempt......:happy:
:thumbup: :happy: :wub:

Thank You Both!!! :happy:

Edited by Chris Chalmers, 24 May 2013 - 02:57.

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#29 PAKMAN

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 16:47

Glad to help!



#30 Opooh

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 16:33

Don't know where else to put this question, but can anyone tell me the difference between gold, silver and bronze members?