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Old 12-11-2006, 10:14 PM   #29
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Just like the WBCCI !!!

Heh, I like it! As it gets older, the Forums is becoming just like the WBCCI with its very visible class and officer distinctions. Instead of Red Jackets, we have Red Names. Instead of Gold Section front row parking, we have Gold Rivets parked under the Red Names. Heck, I can't wait for the introduction of Flag Icons so the select among us can proudly fly their flags provided, of couse, they strictly comply with the soon-to-be-issued 5 pages of Avatar Flag Rules.

Next, the Red Names/Gold Rivets will get "free" online streaming music when they log in, featuring Jim Nabors, Wayne Newton and The Four Freshmen!

Knowledge, information, trailer fixes and travel hints are, after all, not really "contribution$" to the Forums worthy of recognition. They are all just idle chatter for the church mice, poor souls, who can comfort themselves with not more than 5 aluminum rivets. And those who make no contribution$$$ will find their rivets oxidizing over time, matching the lost luster of their social standing. Oh well, such people are not really concerned with appearances anyway, so will barely notice their station in the Forums Pecking Order.
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Old 12-11-2006, 10:43 PM   #30
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The golden rivet and the name in red is pretty cool; I like it.
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Old 12-11-2006, 10:43 PM   #31
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Hey I figured out a way to be "special" and not have to pay for it.

If I hold my cursure over my Forum name - it turns from blue to Red (orange for those who have not eaten enough carrots) and if for a few seconds I look into the lightbulb above my computer and quickly look back at the multitude of idle chatter rivets that I have accumulated then one of them turns gold.



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Old 12-11-2006, 11:02 PM   #32
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Fred, maybe it is just like the WBCCI! Intra clubs or members can benefit by spending more time and energy on their posts and verbal contributions while the others that voluntarily contributed financially to help fund the forum can feel the heat and the ridicule. Yup, pretty close, I'd say.

People supported the forums because they feel they are valued, long before this came up. I would think it is a visual to evoke a response to get some more revenue.
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Old 12-11-2006, 11:03 PM   #33
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Hey I figured out a way to be "special" and not have to pay for it. If I hold my cursure over my Forum name - it turns from Blue to Red!
Fred Nice - loved your explanation.
Hi GT6921:

Now that you've unlocked the "Double Secret Cursor Upgrade", you will be cursed by the Powers That Be. I'll have to write a software patch to make a virtural cursor that I can park over my Blue State name to change it to a Red State name whenever I'm feeling Blue. I moved my cursor over some Red Names, but they don't downgrade to Blue, so it seems there is only upward social mobility on these Forums, a good thing for the likes of me.
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Old 12-11-2006, 11:05 PM   #34
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Old 12-11-2006, 11:30 PM   #35
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No thanks I'll wear my scarlet letter(s). Already suffered my indignities.
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I don't mean to rain on this parade....

Sorry to vent - BUT
Uh, oh, feels like a storm coming. BUT I agree with GT6921. I feel just belonging to this forum means that I am 'contributing'. I post my AIR # in my signature. That's all the acknowledgement I need.
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A dream ...

I have a dream that the Forum's many members will one day live in a cyberworld where they will not be judged by the color of their rivet, but by the content of their posts.
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Old 12-12-2006, 12:56 AM   #38
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Yikes!

I must say that the more color on the forums the better I like it! Opps! Someone will think we're rating each other and then there won't be anymore free hand outs... Rats! I always forget when to keep my mouth shut. Guess my free case of USDA Prime steaks won't be shipping out the 1st of next month huh? Sorry everyone. The Ice cream will still get sent FedEx though... Right? Ed
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Gee, if the forums management didn't give the people that paid cash to them something for their money, what reason would there be to give any money?
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As I mentioned earlier, we are all equal. If a forum member so decides to contribute $$$ along with advise, friendship and all the other things that make this forum so great so be it. No big deal in my book. I never have judged anyone in this forum other than by what they post. 99% of the forum members are wonderful, great people. You will notice I said forum members. You are a member of this great forum wether you contribute $$$ or not.
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.......I think it is great that people contribute $'s to this forum .......
Yes contributing has been around for a while and the option has been there for over a year now.

But you received behind the scene"tangible" benefits for your efforts like more space for attachements.

In fact I was thinking of joining because my Red level is expanding and my Green is diminishing in my total attachments. But a drive of sorts to subliminaly push me to "donating".

It is like Bell Expressview - with the 50% off equipment - you know yours is out dated and in need of an upgrade and you think wow we've been members for a long time now we should upgrade our stuff. You are all set to lay down the cash to find out that the 50% off is for the people who do not have an account yet. So fine - you look a little further to see if there is something for the dedicated member who already a member - and nope. why there is even a huge service fee to change over to their new all in one "rental" program.

I love the colour/change too - and it would have been great for everyone!

As many are saying here - we don't need the rewards! like the rivets even - I just noticed that I am now over a 1000 - whoooopiiii where are the bells and wistles.

We - Peter and I just like to chat -(sometimes silly stuff) and other times the very best of our experiences - and sure do like to contribute our photos. By the way - I would be somewhat rich if I charged royalties on my photos - by the sure magnitude of the number of times they have been downloaded.....

Paying members (Come on you know who you are don't be shy )- you might want to ask for a financial statement as full fledge members - for the rest of us we are just MAL's or in my case a Large Member

It is getting some chatter though and that again is a good thing. This communities success is based on its members strength and cooperation. It is this collective strength that can be sold to potential advertisers as a "tangiable" benefit. Not sure how many really active forums there are - as we only have belonged to ONE! this one.

The air stickers and donation button came out almost at the same time - that was a fine level of "contribution" - then a higher level of contribution came along and you got hidden benefits - now it has reached the visual level which is a "Peer Pressure" tactic - and soon privilages (as some call them) will not be added - they will be taken away until this place becomes no longer a FREE community.
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