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The future of SG

Started by DragonLady, December 18, 2017, 09:44:57 am

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ClaireC

DL, I just sent my $35 via PP. (Claire Ciarciello)

I personally have no problem with a paid subscription. I know how much time and effort I put into my full time paying job, and cannot begin to fathum resources (time and money) required to run SG.

I've been a mostly non-contributing member since this site was started after SW bit the dust.  I haven't sewn in a few years, so I didn't have much to contribute with my "voice".  I intend to return to sewing, knitting, crocheting, etc, so may start posting once again.

I missed the site issues and political firestorms from last year. (thank goodness!!!)  I was very happy to have found the new site last year, and I'm triple happy to provide some financial support.

DL, and all the mods, thank you from the bottom of my heart for every single thing you do. 
Claire  :D
***Returning to sewing after a several year hiatus***

DragonLady

Quote from: ClaireC on January 13, 2018, 08:25:30 am
DL, I just sent my $35 via PP. (Claire Ciarciello)

I personally have no problem with a paid subscription. I know how much time and effort I put into my full time paying job, and cannot begin to fathum resources (time and money) required to run SG.

I've been a mostly non-contributing member since this site was started after SW bit the dust.  I haven't sewn in a few years, so I didn't have much to contribute with my "voice".  I intend to return to sewing, knitting, crocheting, etc, so may start posting once again.

I missed the site issues and political firestorms from last year. (thank goodness!!!)  I was very happy to have found the new site last year, and I'm triple happy to provide some financial support.

DL, and all the mods, thank you from the bottom of my heart for every single thing you do. 
Claire  :D


Received; thank-you. :)

You're all fixed.

And "you're welcome". :)
The road to our success is always under construction.
If you should have any trouble with any aspect of the forums, just email me: dl@artisanssquare.com

Buy a Subscription Now to participate in all of our great discussions! Less than .75¢ per week for all-you-can-eat access. :)  Gift Subscriptions are available, too; just message me for assistance anytime.

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ClaireC

Quote from: DragonLady on January 13, 2018, 08:36:44 am
Quote from: ClaireC on January 13, 2018, 08:25:30 am
DL, I just sent my $35 via PP. (Claire Ciarciello)

I personally have no problem with a paid subscription. I know how much time and effort I put into my full time paying job, and cannot begin to fathum resources (time and money) required to run SG.

I've been a mostly non-contributing member since this site was started after SW bit the dust.  I haven't sewn in a few years, so I didn't have much to contribute with my "voice".  I intend to return to sewing, knitting, crocheting, etc, so may start posting once again.

I missed the site issues and political firestorms from last year. (thank goodness!!!)  I was very happy to have found the new site last year, and I'm triple happy to provide some financial support.

DL, and all the mods, thank you from the bottom of my heart for every single thing you do. 
Claire  :D


Received; thank-you. :)

You're all fixed.

And "you're welcome". :)


Thank you, again!!!! 
***Returning to sewing after a several year hiatus***

DragonLady

It's been two weeks since the "attachments" directory has started working, and while there have been a couple of isolated incidents, there doesn't seem to be any new issues or problems.

So...we should be able to get back on the planned track to continue with our changeover to the subscription model.  That means sometime this weekend I'll be changing permissions so that those who are not subscribed will be more limited. I have a list of the changes I'm considering, but won't know for sure 'til I get in there and start monkeying around just what is or is not feasible just yet. I'm going to take this slowly, to try to minimize the impact and to make sure everything continues to function as we go.
 
The road to our success is always under construction.
If you should have any trouble with any aspect of the forums, just email me: dl@artisanssquare.com

Buy a Subscription Now to participate in all of our great discussions! Less than .75¢ per week for all-you-can-eat access. :)  Gift Subscriptions are available, too; just message me for assistance anytime.

Visit my Etsy shop for gorgeous buttons, craft, & sewing supplies:<br />https://www.etsy.com/shop/RoadsideAttractions

Judith

A suggestion. I hope the focus, in deciding what to allow without paying, will be to encourage subscriptions.

Judith
People are generally as happy as they allow themselves to be. Abraham Lincoln

Joyce P

I hope there's more site-wide notice than I've seen so far  ;)

andib

I agree about notification.   People don't look at every topic,  and I'm sure a lot of folks have no idea about the changeover.

Melinda_B

Quote from: andib on February 02, 2018, 05:24:29 pm
I agree about notification.   People don't look at every topic,  and I'm sure a lot of folks have no idea about the changeover.


I don't think DL can be held responsible if people choose not to read topics that obviously relate to the site management, such as this one. 
Melinda

Perth, Australia
Personal Blog - https://melbrennan.com/

AnnetteB

Quote from: Melinda_B on February 02, 2018, 07:32:39 pm
Quote from: andib on February 02, 2018, 05:24:29 pm
I agree about notification.   People don't look at every topic,  and I'm sure a lot of folks have no idea about the changeover.


I don't think DL can be held responsible if people choose not to read topics that obviously relate to the site management, such as this one.


I agree Melinda_B.
Annette
Queensland Australia

andib

No one is responsible. ...just saying there may be people who have not noticed it.

Judith

I am surprised at the people who participate on a regular basis, often posting several times a day, who say that they won't be subscribing. After using this as a free service all these years,  I think it's only fair to cough up $35 in order to at least give it a chance to survive. I don't do garment sewing any longer, but I still get a huge benefit from other topics.

Judith
People are generally as happy as they allow themselves to be. Abraham Lincoln

marciae

Quote from: Judith on February 03, 2018, 08:00:16 am
I am surprised at the people who participate on a regular basis, often posting several times a day, who say that they won't be subscribing. After using this as a free service all these years,  I think it's only fair to cough up $35 in order to at least give it a chance to survive. I don't do garment sewing any longer, but I still get a huge benefit from other topics.

Judith


Well said - I couldn't agree more!!

SuziQz

Quote from: Judith on February 03, 2018, 08:00:16 am
I am surprised at the people who participate on a regular basis, often posting several times a day, who say that they won't be subscribing. After using this as a free service all these years,  I think it's only fair to cough up $35 in order to at least give it a chance to survive. I don't do garment sewing any longer, but I still get a huge benefit from other topics.

Judith


You are assuming that people who are not subscribing now have used this as a FREE service for years, which is not necessarily true.  I have donated most years since SG started to give the board a way to continue. 

Judith

Quote from: SuziQz on February 03, 2018, 02:49:39 pm
Quote from: Judith on February 03, 2018, 08:00:16 am
I am surprised at the people who participate on a regular basis, often posting several times a day, who say that they won't be subscribing. After using this as a free service all these years,  I think it's only fair to cough up $35 in order to at least give it a chance to survive. I don't do garment sewing any longer, but I still get a huge benefit from other topics.

Judith


You are assuming that people who are not subscribing now have used this as a FREE service for years, which is not necessarily true.  I have donated most years since SG started to give the board a way to continue.


I'm not making that assumption. Please do not put words in my mouth. I meant exactly what I said.

Judith

People are generally as happy as they allow themselves to be. Abraham Lincoln

SuziQz

You are judging people for not "coughing up" the fee when you say that it is only fair for people to do so.  Perhaps it is easy for you to pay $35, but that does not mean that is so for everyone.

Judith

February 03, 2018, 07:35:58 pm #470 Last Edit: February 04, 2018, 12:52:08 pm by Judith
Quote from: SuziQz on February 03, 2018, 07:11:43 pm
You are judging people for not "coughing up" the fee when you say that it is only fair for people to do so.  Perhaps it is easy for you to pay $35, but that does not mean that is so for everyone.


Deleted part of this post. It was a mistake to engage in further discussion.

I hope the transition to the new SG contnues to go smoothly

Judth
People are generally as happy as they allow themselves to be. Abraham Lincoln

DragonLady

Folks, let's not argue, okay?  Life is stressful enough...let's all try to keep SG our happy place. :)
The road to our success is always under construction.
If you should have any trouble with any aspect of the forums, just email me: dl@artisanssquare.com

Buy a Subscription Now to participate in all of our great discussions! Less than .75¢ per week for all-you-can-eat access. :)  Gift Subscriptions are available, too; just message me for assistance anytime.

Visit my Etsy shop for gorgeous buttons, craft, & sewing supplies:<br />https://www.etsy.com/shop/RoadsideAttractions

DragonLady

I've not made the changes I'd planned, because I realized -almost too late- the only way to do what I wanted would be to interrupt everyone for a little while, which I'm loathe to do on a weekend.

Later this week, I'll choose a quiet time, put the board into 'maintenance mode' and make the changeover.  It might cause the board to go down completely for some of you, but I don't think it will take longer than a half hour or so, and then we should be back.

I'm working on this slowly, only making one change at a time so if something causes errors I'll know just what it was.
The road to our success is always under construction.
If you should have any trouble with any aspect of the forums, just email me: dl@artisanssquare.com

Buy a Subscription Now to participate in all of our great discussions! Less than .75¢ per week for all-you-can-eat access. :)  Gift Subscriptions are available, too; just message me for assistance anytime.

Visit my Etsy shop for gorgeous buttons, craft, & sewing supplies:<br />https://www.etsy.com/shop/RoadsideAttractions

Linda75142

Thanks for the heads up DL!

AnnetteB

Thanks for the update DL. I haven't forgotten about you, tinkering there in the background.

I am sending you a "virtual" box of chocolates!! Don't eat them all at once.
Annette
Queensland Australia

DragonLady

I appreciate chocolate in any form! Thank-you. :)
The road to our success is always under construction.
If you should have any trouble with any aspect of the forums, just email me: dl@artisanssquare.com

Buy a Subscription Now to participate in all of our great discussions! Less than .75¢ per week for all-you-can-eat access. :)  Gift Subscriptions are available, too; just message me for assistance anytime.

Visit my Etsy shop for gorgeous buttons, craft, & sewing supplies:<br />https://www.etsy.com/shop/RoadsideAttractions

DragonLady

Okay...got a fresh o'coffee on, and gonna see if I can get this done....

We may be down for a short time, but I'll have us back online ASAP.
The road to our success is always under construction.
If you should have any trouble with any aspect of the forums, just email me: dl@artisanssquare.com

Buy a Subscription Now to participate in all of our great discussions! Less than .75¢ per week for all-you-can-eat access. :)  Gift Subscriptions are available, too; just message me for assistance anytime.

Visit my Etsy shop for gorgeous buttons, craft, & sewing supplies:<br />https://www.etsy.com/shop/RoadsideAttractions

Meg

DL, thank you for the vendor and sewing supplier area!  I love it!

Syndi

Quote from: Meg on February 16, 2018, 05:21:34 pm
DL, thank you for the vendor and sewing supplier area!  I love it!

Where is this Meg?  I didn't see it here

Lisa

Quote from: Syndi on February 17, 2018, 07:07:20 am
Quote from: Meg on February 16, 2018, 05:21:34 pm
DL, thank you for the vendor and sewing supplier area!  I love it!

Where is this Meg?  I didn't see it here


Not Meg, but if you're on the home page, "Vendor Q&A" is near the bottom, right under "The Next Generation" and right above "Other Hobbies & Crafts."  "Here's a link to it."

HTH,

Lisa

Syndi


vtmartha

For me, Lisa, that link brings up an error message.

DragonLady

Quote from: vtmartha on February 17, 2018, 01:34:15 pm
For me, Lisa, that link brings up an error message.


Try this one: http://artisanssquare.com/sg/index.php?board=50.0

If it's still causing problems, post here to let me know.
The road to our success is always under construction.
If you should have any trouble with any aspect of the forums, just email me: dl@artisanssquare.com

Buy a Subscription Now to participate in all of our great discussions! Less than .75¢ per week for all-you-can-eat access. :)  Gift Subscriptions are available, too; just message me for assistance anytime.

Visit my Etsy shop for gorgeous buttons, craft, & sewing supplies:<br />https://www.etsy.com/shop/RoadsideAttractions

CallMeKate

I know I am late to this thread, I didn't visit a lot in 2017 when I encountered the second round of site issues.

But:
1.) I sent $35 to Button Shop via PayPal, and my first name is "Kathryn" and last name begins with "L".  My PC says it is February 26 2018 on the U.S. East Coast.

2.) I also subscribe to PR, and the sites are very different in my eyes.  I am in awe of the skills of so many people on SG, and I have learned so much by following various threads.  I have been timid about sewing, but you all inspire me TO JUST DO IT.  I came to SG today because I always dream of participating in SWAP.  I first came to SG after Ann won The Great British Sewing Bee.

3.) I don't chat very much anywhere on the internet, or else I wouldn't accomplish much else. I don't expect anyone to agree with me on everything, but I appreciate when people can discuss differences civilly. 

Thank you, DragonLady, for administering this site.  In my work life I have survived several major system software changes, and the company had an entire IT department to prepare for its metamorphosis.  Bugs!  The pros still had bugs to resolve! I'm rooting for you, I appreciate you.

CCL

Hi Kate - and welcome!  I too love the combination of being able to ask for help, read up on some sewing advice, just doing it, and then getting more help along the way.

I agree.  If I listed all specific things, techniques, designs, garments I was emboldened to try my hand at making, sources for notions, fabrics, tutorials and just plain old moments of sewing comradery I have received from SG, I would be still typing at the end of the year.

DragonLady

Quote from: CallMeKate on February 26, 2018, 09:41:38 pm
I know I am late to this thread, I didn't visit a lot in 2017 when I encountered the second round of site issues.

But:
1.) I sent $35 to Button Shop via PayPal, and my first name is "Kathryn" and last name begins with "L".  My PC says it is February 26 2018 on the U.S. East Coast.

(snip)


You're all fixed up; thank-you.  Thank-you as well for your kind words. :)
The road to our success is always under construction.
If you should have any trouble with any aspect of the forums, just email me: dl@artisanssquare.com

Buy a Subscription Now to participate in all of our great discussions! Less than .75¢ per week for all-you-can-eat access. :)  Gift Subscriptions are available, too; just message me for assistance anytime.

Visit my Etsy shop for gorgeous buttons, craft, & sewing supplies:<br />https://www.etsy.com/shop/RoadsideAttractions

sharonspils

Hi Dragon Lady I've just sent $35 to you via Paypal for my 2018 subscription as Sharon  and last name starts with "Sp".

DragonLady

Quote from: sharonspils on March 04, 2018, 10:52:28 pm
Hi Dragon Lady I've just sent $35 to you via Paypal for my 2018 subscription as Sharon  and last name starts with "Sp".


You're all fixed.  Thank-you! :)
The road to our success is always under construction.
If you should have any trouble with any aspect of the forums, just email me: dl@artisanssquare.com

Buy a Subscription Now to participate in all of our great discussions! Less than .75¢ per week for all-you-can-eat access. :)  Gift Subscriptions are available, too; just message me for assistance anytime.

Visit my Etsy shop for gorgeous buttons, craft, & sewing supplies:<br />https://www.etsy.com/shop/RoadsideAttractions

granmomus

I haven't been here for awhile so unclear about how to subscribe or where. I did donate money, can't remember when,  a couple of times but never received a response so not sure if it was received in proper area but was taken from credit card.
I have not read every topic but do realize this is now a paid subscription, I do understand that why that is necessary.
This used to be my very favorite site, would check it out a couple of times a day until one person ruined it for me, I just couldn't take her nasty remarks, a few to me but most were to others, all upsetting. I'm old, life is too short to have to deal with that on a site that I participate in for the education & enjoyment of sewing, I don't need negativity in my life. I survived and overcame an  abusive childhood, I decided I would not let that into my life ever again when I could avoid it, not always possible of course, but no need to pay for it. So in the past couple of years only come here every 2 or 3 months when it used to be at least twice a day.
I stopped coming here because of that person, if she is a member I will not subscribe but I do miss some of the sewing related topics, sewing machines & books.

Debbie S

Granmomus,  I have missed hearing from you on SG. I  knew why you left the site, but was saddened to see you leave. I think of you and smile every time I pick up my Kia scissors, as you generously shared the sale email they sent you. Glad to hear from you!!!