We introduced subscriptions for a while today. SamSyn let 20 go through, and then turned it off to take a look at what happened.
The good news is that every subscription went through properly.
The bad news is that:
- While those 20 went through “properly”, they didn’t work esthetically “perfectly”. It’s nothing YOU have to be concerned about, but it’s good we stopped to do a little polish.
- Some folks who should have had “Lifetime Memberships” (See Below), didn’t. We need to fix that.
Sooo, it was a super-good test.
On the whole “Lifetime Subscription” issue. We identified two member programs which we decided were eligible for “Free Lifetime” memberships:
- “v1_beta_lifetime.xml” – 57 members
- “v1_beta_lifetime_prepay.xml” – 214 members
As we all know, There used to throw the whole “lifetime” word around a lot, and, in the vast majority of cases (2367, to be exact), “lifetime” meant “Lifetime Premium”, which, in our eyes, means that as long as you’re a member, Premium membership is yours.
We can argue all day long about whether those 2367 (or 4374, or 7,101, etc) should get There for Free, but at the end of the day, the answer is this “If 2300+ members get There for free, we won’t make our numbers, and will have to close again, for good”.
2300 * $10 is $23,000 a month, which is a BIG chunk of what we need to stay open.
I’m 110% sure some people are going to be unhappy with our definition of lifetime. If we can’t agree, then, well, you are no worse off than you were before – There is closed, and you’ve “lost” all your virtual “possessions” (remember, virtual goods are NOT an investment, any more than a theatre ticket is).
On the HAPPY side of things, Bruce added some more servers, and, from our view, all servers are getting 30 steps-per-second internally (that is, they think they’re keeping up). I’m sure that some people will differ on that, so we’ll keep an eye on it. I’ve also asked Bruce to ready another set of server, but NOT spin them up, since that changes the cost from “pennies a month” to over $400/month.
Finally, I’ve started to update the “Operating Costs” page. As you can see, we’ve gotten about 8K in T$ sales as of last Friday, which is great. Keep those $ coming so we can work our way towards breaking even this month!
P.S. The fact that we turned on subscriptions, even for a bit, means the Big Paz Pick Up is coming SOON. So dont’ be surprised!
P.S.S. No, this doesn’t mean neighborhoods are about to be turned on. We’re going to be working on it soon, but it’s not ready YET, and no, we’re not going to say when.