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  1. ChrisMWilliams

    ChrisMWilliams Publisher
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    Can't give you a ballpark yet but it won't be 500 a year. No way it'll be that high.
     
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    I'm sure we can get something like that done.
     
  3. ChrisMWilliams

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    I have gotten a lot of responses like this. Through Patreon, no. But CF does have a PayPal account. I will provide that info in the coming days as an option. The reason we didn't go with PayPal initially is because Patreon is specifically built for sites like these. Patreon takes 5 percent of donations, compared to 10-12 via PayPal.
     
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  4. Redman97

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    Done. Very good idea and well worth it.
     
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  5. ChrisMWilliams

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    No.
     
  6. ChrisMWilliams

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    It's not. The premium stuff is going to be buying extra things - like special emojis, ad-free options, etc. Not going to have a premium board or anything like that. content still free for everyone.
     
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  7. ChrisMWilliams

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    Thanks pal. Means the world coming from you.
     
  8. ImJustKCClone

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    I have my own candidates that I would advocate disappearing first. ;)
     
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  9. ChrisMWilliams

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    I appreciate it. I think the amount we spend per month on the server/dev alone would blow your guys' minds.
     
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  10. ChrisMWilliams

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    That's a really good idea....
     
  11. BCoffClone125

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    Just signed up. With the amount of content I get on a daily basis from CF it is well worth a donation. I have a few ideas on increasing membership that I have seen from others that use the Patreon format, will send you an email with some details @ChrisMWilliams
     
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  12. Trainer

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    Could also go with the reddit model of gilding others. Maybe I really like someone else's comment and want to give them premium membership for a month as a gift for $5.00. No skin off Fanatics back, and helps us reward people we agree with. Thoughts?
     
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    I know you guys are not going to divulge trade secrets or private information (and particularly employee salaries), but I would be curious as to a range for this.

    I suppose I could work backwards from your page traffic numbers and a few other parameters to come up with a reasonable estimate, however, if really curious.

    Theoretically, wouldn't CF collect all of that $$$...?

    Except if it prevents somebody from needing to pay for such a premium membership, but I guess the worst that could happen to CF with that is net zero.
     
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    When I started getting into sports journalism a former WSJ beat writer for the NY mets and later Yankees told me the day you start working as a sports journalist is the day you stop being a sports fan.

    While I wouldn't go to that extreme because I liked writing about ISU and still consider myself an ISU fan above everything else. The only issue is the pressure from your editors and producers to remove yourself from the team (in my case ISU). I love writing about ISU and following them but I struggle writing the hard stories when ISU may be struggling or going through rough patches.

    I find myself more inclined to want to work covering the national stories and teams outside of my fandom because I find it easier to be objective.
     
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    I see it as a way of going above and beyond agreeing with a comment. It is money that CF never would have seen to begin with because there is no way for me to purchase premium mode for someone else as it stands. I don't think it would hurt anyone to include it as an option.
     
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    This is the answer I expected. I can tell you I'm not nearly professional enough to keep my fandom from bleeding into any work I'd do myself. Thanks for the response.
     
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    Has Cyclonefantic ever had a "shop" on the website ? Selling koozies or shirts etc.
     
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    Not a bad idea, another would be you could give things like that as an incentive to donate. For example say you give x amount of $$$ each month you get a koozie, and so on and so forth.
     
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    I believe it was tried at one time, but I don't think it worked as well as what they wanted. IE people didn't buy enough to make it worth it.
     
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    I think a support button should be added to the site as well so users can access this outside of finding this thread, going to the article, and then finding the link within it.
     
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