Greetings everyone! It’s been a while since I, or anyone else really, have addressed the community as a whole. You know we’re all about transparency with decisions that we make….but honestly not a lot of noteworthy decisions have been made in a while…until now!
Things have been humming along nicely. Holly Refbots is more stable (and robust!) than she’s ever been before. Please remember that we do have a Suggestions document that’s available for anyone and everyone to submit their suggestions (this is linked to on Plug in the room info!). New connect message? Yes! New dunce message? Absolutely! Just fill out the brief form and we’ll review ’em. Have an idea but think it might be dumb? That’s okay! You should see some of the incredibly ridiculous shit that Chad and Slopes have suggested. Note that all of my personal suggestions have been faultless and amazing.
Without further adieu – allow me to get to the noteworthiness of this post! As you’re all probably aware we do have some rolling expenses to keep CTS afloat. Nothing incredibly expensive, mind you…but things like hosting the connectthesongs.com domain, keeping FoodBandit fed and hydrated while he is locked up in Z’s basement working on the bot…things like that. We did some brainstorming on how we could possibly recoup expenses. We were thinking about adding ads to the connectthesongs.com site, but there’s a couple of problems with that. 1) We all hate ads. 2) Since we all hate ads we’re probably all using adblock anyway.
Then we had a pure stroke of genius. What if we offered a subscription service to CTS that came with some cool perks? We’re still tossing around ideas but as always we value input from the regulars of the community that make it what it is.
For pricing we’re thinking of going with $5/month or if you pay up front for 6 months it’ll be $50. Possible perks that we’re thinking of implementing:
– Dunce forgiveness. Your first dunce in a month with an active subscription is forgiven (the room streak will break, but your personal streak will remain intact and either Chad, Slopes, or myself will be listed as the dunce).
– Streak Resets. One per month. Note – this still has to be validated that it wasn’t your fault. As most of you are aware the current policy on streak resets is – never ever for any reason do we reset streaks.
– Featured in CTS custom background. This can be a selfie or whatever you want, as long as it’s not NSFW.
– Bouncer privileges for 1 week. That’s right! For one week out of a month you can be a bouncer.
– Custom connect message! You tell us the message you want to add and we’ll add it, no questions asked. Want to berate Chad? No problem! Tell the world how amazing you are? Tell us!
– Custom Holly command – tell us what you want. We will review/approve these requests to make sure they’re not offensive or anything.
– Unlimited use of .gif and .img commands. No more 30 second cool down time for subscribers! Spam those images to your hearts content!
– Three letter connects are back! During a month with an active subscription you can connect three letters instead of the traditional four!
– Baked goods from Lisa Potato and/or Pyrette! Who doesn’t love cookies and other delicious baked goods! *Note that we still need to get buy-in from Py and Lisa on this.
We’re still brainstorming more perks but wanted to get this out in front of the community for feedback and other ideas!
If you’re interested in signing up then please fill out and submit this form.
I’m realizing now that if I read this as a newcomer it wouldn’t seem obvious that this was posted on April 1st and I’d think this shit was nuts.