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Deepika
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Date: 12/24/02 9:15 PM

Hi everyone,

Hope you all are having a good holiday with the family!

In the next few months PatternReview.com will undergo a few changes and I thought it's a good idea to tell you all about it and perhaps get some feedback.

By the end of January or early February, I will be launching a Friends of PR group which in essense will be supporters of PatternReview who will subscribe to the site by paying a small recurring fee. As a special thanks to members in this group there will be added benefits.

1. All the members in Friends of PR will get a 5% off their total purchase when they purchase either from thesewingplace.com or patternshowcase.com and other vendors to follow as well.

2. A new feature Deal Corner will be available only to this group. Deal corner will feature special deals on various sewing and non-sewing related items, all in one area so that you can save even more money! They will also be able to get e-mail notifications when a new deal comes online.

3. PatternReview.com article newsletters will only be available to Friends of PR group once this launches. Members who submit articles to the newsletter will get credits if it gets published. Each newsletter credit will translate to one free month of membership. At the end of the quarter they will get their money back.

4. Only Friends of PR group will be able to post Classifieds. All members will be able to view and contact the buyers or sellers.

5. Expert chats will only be available to members in the Friends of PR group.

All other features of the site will continute to be available to all members. The new members will get a free 30 days trial period of Friends of PR features. After that they can either opt out or join the group.

Now comes the big question: Why should you join the Friends of PR group?

In November 2001, when I started PatternReview.com, I had no idea that it would become so widely popular. This has been great because as the number of members increases, so does the amount of interaction and information sharing which makes PR an even more popular resource.

However, with this growth in usage, also comes a growth in the time and money which I have to invest in maintaining and growing PR.  Although I really love doing this and appreciate all the help from the volunteers (Gigi - Expert Forum, Little Shell and Rennie - Newbie Forum, Mel J. notifying me of the missing Pattern photos, Mini, Rennie, Dale, Rhonda, Phyllis, Nan, Shirley for newsletter articles and many others who have given me important feedback), I would really like PR to generate enough money so that it can pay for it's own maintenance as well as provide a modest budget which can be spent on growing the site.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject and would like to thank those who have been instrumental in helping me make this decision.

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- Deepika
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Blog: http://www.deepikablogs.com

CatherineN

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Date: 12/24/02 9:31 PM

Sharing the cost of maintaining this site will be a privilege. It is worth more than any fee you will ask. I have twice paid for online newsletters and have felt totally ripped off. (I had to pay before I could see the letter.) My husband maintains a large, popular health oriented web site that is costly in terms of fees he pays and the time he spends on it. There really isn't any free lunch and we-all will be glad to help. You are still making most of it available free to everyone. :D

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Date: 12/25/02 11:35 AM

Deepika, I had spent some time recently thinking that this site could justify charging a fee.  The information and expertise offered here is well worth a subscription fee.  It had also occurred to me that you were probably out of pocket on what it costs to run this site, and I don't think it is fair for you to carry that burden alone.  After all, we all benefit from the features and information available here.  In short, I support the idea of a subscription fee whole-heartedly.

However, future newbies to the site may not understand how wonderful the for fee services are.  You may have already thought of this, but I thought I would suggest that newbies to the site have free access to all features and benefits for a limited time.  I am confident that once they see the high quality of newsletter articles, the experts available to chat with, etc. that they will gladly pay the subscription fee.

It is great fun to watch the member count climb by half a dozen or more members each day.  Everyone who joins becomes a member of a wonderful group of people; the support and fellowship of the members alone is priceless.  

What a wonderful thing you started, Deepika!   :D

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Date: 12/25/02 12:01 PM

Rhonda
Well said ! i agree with you on everything! im ready to pay a subs. fee. as long as its not more then my rent.  :D  and i just betcha if you gave the newbies a limited time to see whats going on in here (teaser) they would be happy to pay the subs. fee. I know i learn something new just about everyday from this site.

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Happy Sewing Everyone  (smiling at you) ~Maria~http://www.friendsofpr.com/cgi-bin/showAlbum.pl?profileid=1126

Naomi

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Date: 12/25/02 12:06 PM

I absolutely would pay a fee to use the site.

Deepika
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Date: 12/25/02 12:06 PM

Rhonda, Maria and Catherine, I appreciate your support. I must have forgotten to mention this in the first post but yes the new members will get a 30 days trial period of Friends of PR features. After that they can either opt out or join the group.

In any case they can always read the chat transcripts and the past newsletters. Also the members who contribute articles to the newsletter and if it gets published will get credits. For example let's say Mini's article got published in the first week of January. She will get credit for each of her articles and at the end of the quarter she will get her money back depending on her credits. Each credit = one month fee.

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Date: 12/25/02 1:05 PM

Absolutely Deepika.  I was thinking about this the other day.  You continually make PR fresh and inter-active for all of us on a daily basis.  You've done something wonderful here that you shouldn't have to support.  I'm with you all the way.  :D
Holly

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Date: 12/25/02 2:37 PM

I help maintain a small web site for a charity and I can't believe how time-consuming it is. I am amazed at all the features available on this site and the sheer volume of information available. It is certainly worth a fee to get a few extra features.

I agree the free trial for new members is a good idea. And the idea of discounts and deals makes it appealing too.

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Date: 12/25/02 2:56 PM

:) I think the idea of a subscription fee is a good one.  I also think that you might want to consider a free basic type membership that visitors can access rather than the 30-day trial period.  Maybe the 30 day free access to all areas, then they can join or remain as a basic features member?  Like reading/posting reviews can be free, but most other features could only be accessed by members?  It will help new visitors keep coming and eventually they may want to use the other features.  I know I've visited sites with 30-day free memberships and decided after 30 days that I wouldn't be visiting often enough to make a subscription worthwhile.

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Date: 12/25/02 3:48 PM

[QUOTE] :I support the idea of a subscription fee.
This web site is GREAT.   :D

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