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Tresayre  (Level: 81.6 - Posts: 362)
Thu, 10th Dec '09 4:08 AM


Four levels of membership
Free memberships could be for a limited time...say one month then players could purchase one of three levels
Silver $ 8.95
Gold $14.95
Platinum what ever it is now.
Surely the players who play for free now wouldn't begrudge a small fee.
What do other players think?

Amyt  (Level: 132.5 - Posts: 240)
Thu, 10th Dec '09 5:36 AM

I think that's a good idea. People I know who have been playing for free will probably never want to pay. However, I think if a silver option was available, a few more people might be inclined to play. I think I would have signed up faster if there had been a lower level. What would it offer? 5 word rounds and 5 word matches? etc.
Perhaps something could be worked out with the daily trivia question. An idea worth exploring....

Bigbird  (Level: 236.3 - Posts: 3300)
Thu, 10th Dec '09 5:41 AM

I think charging to play after a month or two is an excellent idea. I would also drop gold completely. Institute a silver, with the main benefit being the ability to continue to play, and then jump to Platinum with the full benefits.

Sargon  (Level: 111.2 - Posts: 1256)
Thu, 10th Dec '09 5:49 AM

Over the years I have recruited some members to Sploofus but none have become paying members. I am sure that charging any type of fee would elimate their participation in the site. I think there are enough incentives now to convert free players to gold and platinum. Increased number of word puzzles, more attempts on word rounds, and the ability to post messages are sufficent to bring in anyone that is willing to pay.

Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Thu, 10th Dec '09 6:55 AM

I became a Gold member shortly after joining. I would only drop to Silver, and not upgrade to platinum if that was the choice.

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Thu, 10th Dec '09 7:23 AM

I'm trying to understand what the problem is here. The bloke's seperated from his wife, and he's moving. There must be hundreds of people on Sploofus that wish their problems were so manageable. He apparently has family that are helping him too, not everyone can say that. I treat all online begging letters the same, until i see some kind of proof, I do what i can to help those less fortunate than myself, and frankly i know people who are much more in need than Justin appears to be. Sorry, just the way i see it.
PS... I have "contributed" more than 700 quizzes free of charge.

Menopausin  (Level: 35.5 - Posts: 112)
Thu, 10th Dec '09 8:29 AM

It may not be 'willingness' to pay, it may be 'ability' to pay. I have had a regular membership to Sploofus since early this year and only recently became able to buy a gold. And that was only for 3 months. That might sound a bit extreme, but I work in a sewing plant that makes combat uniforms for the troops making minimum wage. Alot of people are unemployed right now and don't have the funds to pay to play trivia. Alot of those people have problems, too. Like living day-to-day and week-to-week trying to keep their electricity, gas, water, etc. from being cut off. That's not including groceries, gas to get to work, the never ending work on vehicles to keep them running. I, too, would like to know about the Paypal issue. I paid my fee into a Paypal account. If I had had to pay to play trivia on Sploofus before I bought my membership, I would have had to stop altogether. If it comes down to paying my bills or playing trivia, it's a no-brainer. I'm not sure if I'll be able to renew my membership after the three months are up. My husband is disabled and I'm the only one working. I'm not complaining, just putting it out there that there are people who play on Sploofus that can't afford a membership of any kind. I also know there are people who CAN afford to pay that don't. Or won't. They'll read Justin's post and say 'Tough sh**.'. I've never been divorced or lost my home, but I have obstacles in my life that require most of the money I bring home. After the taxes and insurance (pays on doctor visits and generic meds, not much on anything else), it's not alot. We have to let some bills go for 2 months and play catch-up. And if we have to go to the doctor, it's a struggle even with the insurance. If there were only paying members, or only free membership for a month or so, the turnover of members would be high and the site would have ALOT less people playing here. I don't have a solution. Justin runs the site and members volunteer the quizzes. The editors are volunteer. I guess what I'm saying is, we all have problems. I have to help myself before I even think of helping somone else. I've already started putting back for the renewal of my membersip when it's up. I'll probably have to dip into it alot more than once before that time comes. It's not alot of money, but it doesn't come before my lights, water, food, etc. It's a luxury to some people. To some it's nothing more than typing in a few letters and numbers to a Paypal account. Like I said, I'm not complaining, just stating facts. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Nothing but the best for my fellow Sploofusers. If anyone ever needs my help, I'll do all I can. It may not be monetary, but I'll do what I can to help. Stay safe and God bless! menopausin (Renee)

Didb72  (Level: 206.4 - Posts: 243)
Thu, 10th Dec '09 9:58 AM

There is a lot of users on this website but very few who contribute moneywise and quizwise. Therefore, I think that things may have to change in the future. I understand that it is a lot of money for some players with low incomes and Equitriv suggestion is very good mentioning alternative memberships.

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Thu, 10th Dec '09 10:01 AM

I am working on the final details of a plan to save Sploofus. I will update everyone soon. I have only to determine the fees for the "Whack an Editor with a Stick Program."

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21557)
Thu, 10th Dec '09 10:21 AM

Can we choose which one(s) Felix???

Lucimoore  (Level: 181.2 - Posts: 1680)
Thu, 10th Dec '09 10:35 AM

Why not give the gift of self-gratification? Whack thy self as you would whack others, just no stick please, sounds painful. Or, better yet, just follow your mother's rule - keep you hands to yourself.

Uturntama  (Level: 51.0 - Posts: 179)
Thu, 10th Dec '09 11:48 AM

Clevercloggs and Menopausin.......nice posts and I am in agreement. Try to help yourself before you start begging. Not only is the plea here on this site by Justin but I have received a personal email regarding the same request. Justin NEVER has responded to any of my posts regarding the glitches on this site but he sure is willing to ask for my money. Houston......we have a problem!

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Thu, 10th Dec '09 1:07 PM

Don't get me wrong, i wish the bloke well. I do think he's fortunate to have editors and quizmasters who do all the work for free though. I enjoy writing quizzes, getting paid was never part of the deal. Neither was getting begging letters though.

Bobolicios  (Level: 116.8 - Posts: 1745)
Thu, 10th Dec '09 1:09 PM

This is the second thread on this issue. I understand why some are skeptical but it is fairly simple, either help him out or not. This site is a non-profit site that for a good many people provide much needed social interaction and entertainment. I think it was very brave to come out and ask for help and honest to let us know what has been keeping him from interacting. I did not expect that it would become fodder for everyone to pick apart Justin's shortcomings. If you don't want to help out don't, BTW I think Equitriv ideas were very good. Have a free membership for a month to try it and then you have to join at a silver level less than the gold to make it more affordable. After all there aren't too many freebies for life out there.

Kimoira  (Level: 198.3 - Posts: 1189)
Thu, 10th Dec '09 2:27 PM

Non-profit? Really?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

501(c) is a provision of the United States Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. ยง 501(c)

listing 26 types of non-profit organizations exempt from some federal income taxes. Sections 503 through 505 list the requirements for attaining such exemptions. Many states reference Section 501(c) for definitions of organizations exempt from state taxation as well.

just curious as to which number Sploofus would fall under?

Bobolicios  (Level: 116.8 - Posts: 1745)
Thu, 10th Dec '09 2:35 PM

Okay see it for whatever sinister Madoff kind of plot there is. I personally don't have the energy to engage in sinister plots about sploofus non profit or profit. If you people want to pick it apart and get all legal be my guest. My response is on a concerned humanistic level and not a legal or IRS discussion.

Bobolicios  (Level: 116.8 - Posts: 1745)
Thu, 10th Dec '09 2:38 PM

What I meant is it is non profit in terms of Justin doesn't get a paycheck from it, according to what I have read.

Tresayre  (Level: 81.6 - Posts: 362)
Thu, 10th Dec '09 2:45 PM

I wasn't asking anyone to comment on Justin's email, just see a cure to the problem.
The lowest membership could be as little as $5.00
I spend a lot of time on this site, but I mostly write quizzes and do the word rounds and I pay for this, I don't expect to get something for nothing. I think if you are a non paying member and you have been that way for a long time, that now is probably the time to stand up and help.
I write quizzes and get thanks from many people for doing it and I also get criticism from other players... often those who are not paying for my services or Justin's either!
I think there comes a time that you have to pay for something you enjoy doing, not expect it for free.
I think there should be greater limitations on non paying members after 1-2 months to encourage them to pay something they obviously enjoy doing.
Please try and use this thread as a positive contribution to overcoming a problem!

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Thu, 10th Dec '09 2:50 PM

Francesann  (Level: 55.5 - Posts: 124)
Thu, 10th Dec '09 3:56 PM

I too got the email and to be honest it annoyed me, like others have said, some of us are not financially well off, me being one of them, perhaps if I sent you all an email you might send me some money. Why doesn't Justin sell off some of Sploofus, it is a good site and I am sure some would like shares of it. To ask for money not for Sploofus but for a mobile phone and car insurance - well, my house contents insurance is due, perhaps you would like to help me, my account no is ..........

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