Newer Contributors - This is an 'old' thread, But -- There are a number of interesting attachments in this thread. Just an FYI.
If someone wants to know their contribution date, just message or e-mail me.
In Reply to Parent Post by RosieA
Marc, Geoff has a good point, when does our contributor status need to be renewed?
To help make the site 'pay for its self' I started the attachment restrictions (Contribution requirement) in March 2003 and removed them (except for in this forum) the beginning of February 2004.
However, the software did not have 'built in' "subscription" tracking until the beta release in June 2004 so everyone who contributed prior to the software update was entered manually - I changed each individual's user group manually.
For everyone who contributed after the software upgrade in June, your account will auto-magically expire and you will be moved by the software back to the 'registered' user group. One hour after that happens, if you have more than 20 posts you will be auto-magically changed to the "Involvement - Posts" user group. No big deal - mostly recognition.
My plan is to leave everyone who contributed prior to the June 2003 software upgrade as permanent 'Contributors'. You folks contributed early when the site was loosing money. Advertising is paying the bills which is why I opened up access to download attachments to all registered users during February 2004. My concern is that the site pays for its self - and right now the advertising is going well. I didn't want to charge and I didn't really like charging people, either.
So - everyone should know when they contributed and from the above know the current scheme.
I am leaving the Contributions link open and I plan to provide extras to Contributors, but that will all happen in this forum. Don't get me wrong - I still appreciate Contributions.