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#1 Posted at 2015-12-13 12:47        

Armaholic Subscription system

Thank you for reading this page with information about the Armaholic Subscription system.

To improve the service we provide to the Arma community we have decided to start the Armaholic Subscription system.
The Armaholic Subscription system offers those who choose to subscribe to our website some additional features which are not available to or website guests and normal members:
  • Download speeds:
    • Guests:
      • The slowest downloadspeed
    • Members:
      • Higher downloadspeeds than guests
    • Subscriber:
      • The highest downloadspeeds
  • News stream:
    • Guests and Members:
      • A limited newsstream. You will continue to find new and updated releases but some items in the newsstream will be hidden. You can still access the actuall downloadpage of course, but you can not see the news!
    • Subscriber:
      • The full newsstream, including Workshop releases and updates, will be available to you.
  • Find content by date:
    • Guests and Members:
      • Not able to search through our file lists by date.
    • Subscriber:
      • Can search through our file lists by date to find all new and updated releases easily.

What does the Armaholic subscription cost:
There are two different subscriptions available, monthly and annually.
The monthly subscription costs €7 euro and the annual subscription costs €75 euro.

Future additions:
We are planning to release more additional subscriber only features on our website in the future. Currently we are thinking about a subscriber only RSS, subscribing to pages, newsletters and more.

Where to subscribe:
Please make sure you are registered here on Armaholic and add your username to subscribe selection form!
When you do not add your username to the subscription form and we can also not find your data in our database we can not upgrade your account properly!
This means as a subscriber you need to be logged in to be able to use the subscription services.
You can choose the preferred subscription and pay it through paypal.
When you do not use paypal and also have no intention to use it but still want to become a subscriber you can sent Foxhound a and additional options can be discussed.

You can subscribe on this page.

Content creators:
PayPal / Patreon:
Authors are allowed to add donate links to the downloadpages here on Armaholic. When you have a paypal or a patreon donation account simply contact us and sent us the links. We will add those to all your content pages.

Author subscriber system:
We are also working on a subscriber sytem for content creators.
The project is still being developed but close to be activated. We first wanted to introduce the new newsstream and track if it all works well and than add additional features to it.

What the Author subscriber system means is simple.
Anyone who creates material and releases it for the community to use will be eligible (we have to activate the feature on a per author case to make sure it will not be abused) to recieve free 30 days subscriptions. It will be renewed without limits as long as the content creator updates and/or releases (new) material.

We reserve the right to not upgrade your account, no matter if you release something, for specific (but obvious) reasons!

Disagree with this as a content creator?
Although we hope this is not the case and you will allow us to do this to be able to improve our service which we have provided you and the entire community with for free for many years we understand some of you might have questions about this or maybe even object the Armaholic Subscription system. You can always contact us to talk things over and learn how we use this system to make things better for everyone.
When you really do not like the fact we provide paying subscribers with additional website feaatures you can inform us and let us know you object our approach. We will than simply not mirror your work but link to outside sources so people can still find the content here but have to go elsewhere to download.

You are free to dislike our subscription system as how you are free to use our website, our services and our bandwidth. When you do not like the subscription system nobody forces you to use it and you can simply continue using our website as you have done all those years we have made sure you could use it without forcing you to do anything or expecting anything in return.
But when you choose to not support our work you are enjoying all we ask is that you do not complain about it.

This post was edited by Foxhound (2017-04-02 10:23, ago)

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#2 Posted at 2017-04-02 11:23        
Now, lets explain a little about the new news system which some of you are so dedicated negative about.
I did not plan to even share you this info but as I hear people are rallying others to share lies and false info about me and my website maybe I should share the info anyway so those who are actually interested in the truth have an actual place to find it.

Past actions:
For the last year I have been adding over a thousand releases or so to Armaholic of content which was released (anywhere). I have added that content without ever making news about it! That means, nobody ever was informed about it in the news.
One day I decided it would be a nice gesture to our subscribers to show those "hidden" releases to them in the news. Afterall, they are paying us for additional website features and supporting our work. So, why not give them a little extra?
So I did, I changed the newsstream. Not only to make my work easier (the newsstream displays info taken from the downloadpage nowadays so I have to make one page less) but also to give subscribers a bit of extra service.

The funny part:
So what some of you are upset about, which is not seeing certain news items, is something you did not see anyway in the last year!
A thing that changed for you, the free non-paying website user, is that you now see a counter displaying all releases and updates you are missing out on. And have been missing out on for a year or so already.

Lets make something clear:

Not one of our pages is behind a paywall!
Guests, members and subscribers all have the same access to any downloadpage.

The real difference is that subscribers can see more updates and releases in the newsstream and can sort our files by date, while those who are not subscribers can access the same pages but they do not see them in the news, neither find them by sorting the file lists by date. You have to search yourself in other ways to find updates (yes, I actually make you work for your gaming needs ... ).

Does this info matter:
I fully understand any extra information and explanation I give about my decissions related to my website are lost to those who can only spread negative and false rumors, if not even complete lies, about Armaholic.
But Armaholic supports content creators by spreading their work so you, the person who probably does nothing for the Arma community but playing games, can enjoy that released work.
And that is all what matters, the people who create stuff to use in-game and for them I am making sure the correct information about the new newssytem is shared here on Armaholic, in a place where all public can read it without having to go through all kind of lies and false info.

Which brings me to the last point.
When I build the new newstream I figured I had to do more for content creators in return. So I have developed a system which will give content creators, which we find are eligible, 30 days free access to our subscriber features which will be renewed without limits as long as the content creator updates his existing work or releases new material.

Once an author visits our website, is logged in, his content pages are assigned to his account and he has released (update or new) anything recently his account will automatically be upgraded and he will recieve a PM with information about the upgrade.

Now, to prevent people from abusing the system we need to approve authors to get access. Many authors out there who have an account here will be upgraded as I see their updates. But when you feel you, as an author, are eligible to the Author subscription system and you have released any material (new or updated) in the previous 30 days you can simply send me a to discuss it.
Do not contact me yet! The feature is not yet activated so I wont be able to change anything. Once it is ready and enabled I will update this topic and from that point authors can request Author subscriber access.

This topic will stay locked for some time to not allow certain people/groups to post here discussing my way of running my website.
You are still welcome to ask me anything about the subscriber system, so when you have any questions or would like some more information you can simply me.

PM's send to discuss my decissions or what not are not read and bin'ed quicker than you can type or even copy/paste.

This post was edited by Foxhound (2017-04-02 12:00, ago)

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