Two requests we've heard about the new member categories feature are to a) add the ability to tie categories into Profile Questions so members can automatically be placed into categories upon sign-up, and b) tie this into Paid Access. We're happy to report that we've completed the work for both of these. If you've thought member categories might be a nice-to-have feature, these changes may turn it into a must-have feature.
Automatically add new members to categories
Most Network Creators ask their members a few profile questions when they sign up. Now, you can use a multiple-choice question to automatically slot members into a custom-made member category:
A few things to keep in mind
Member Categories + Paid Access
The other big request we've heard from Network Creators is to tie the new member categories into the Paid Access optional add-on. We knew that would be a big request, and we're happy to report that this second round of improvements now supports Paid Access. We've added two different ways to encourage your members to sign up for special membership designations and badges.
Fixed-price paywall integration
Use Member Categories in conjunction with a fixed-price paywall to assign paying members who pay to a custom-made category. For example: You want members who pay to subscribe for access to a special VIP Group to be identified with a special VIP badge. You can simply assign those paying members to a custom-made category.
Donation paywall integration
Use Member Categories in conjuntion with a donation paywall to encourage members to give more to achieve a higher level of prestige. You do this by setting a threshold for payment that puts one (higher-paying) class of membership on a pedestal. For example: Gold members = $20/year donation; everyone who contributes below that amount = Silver member; all non-paying members = a non-paying category (you can simply use the "default member" designation for non-paying members if you choose).
We hope you will find a lot of new uses for Member Categories using these two new ways to extend the feature. Let us know how you plan to use it!
This isn't the basis of a reputation system, David, or a way to restrict or reward access. I think that would need to be a different project altogether.
Might just have to start some new networks to make the best use of this for new sign ups. Great update. Smart move addressing the needs of paid access users. :-)
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Can you shoot us a ticket, Tatay? We can assign someone to look at this closely. If you can include the URL where this happened, that would be ideal. Thanks!
Thanks Eric. I have filed a support ticket and this is the ticket or ref number: ref:_00D80cCLt._50040IvUZx:ref
Thanks in advance for any assistance you can extend to resolve this issue.
glitch in the donation maybe
it seems ;ike if they donated 0.00 it ads em to suporters
i got it set to
standard donation 2.95 every 3 months
if donate 5.95 they are vip suporters
anything under that regular suporters
all others members
however people who did not donate are being added to the suporters group
ok it looks like it moves all active subscriptions wether donated or not
it should diferentiate between those who donated 0.00 and received a free subscription and those who donarte anything from 1.00 to 5.95 as supporters
and 5.95 and above as vip suporters
can you fix that
odd ok looking over new joins 1 does not have the suporters badge
and looking her up in subscriptions it says no subscription like she didnt choose 0.00 just somehow bypassed the paywall?
(her email addresss looks suspicios as in possible spammer too)
how was the paywall bipased?
they pay cause4 they appreciate the site the badge just recognizes they paid..just your way of saying thanks and an extra thnks for those who gave a lil more
so the suggestion is not that they pay for the badge, rather that this simply recognises that they pay for something. got it. :-)
Well, to be honest, this was one thing I immediately thought of, too, SweetPotato: that people would want to pay for the badge, for levels of prestige based on their payment amount. After throwing that idea around with people here at Ning, I think I changed my mind and now see the payment part as really a back-end detail that NCs care about more than members (unless it's a very unique type of network).
The donation model makes sense for trumpeting the people who paid more (like you see with NPR style pledge drive levels of donation: tote bag, t-shirt, travel bag, etc.), but I'm not sure the straight paid access model is great for badges indicating amount paid. But, who knows. I'm interested in seeing how people really use it.