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Thu May 17, 2012, 05:48 PM

How long will will I last? I have been a contributing member of DU since 2005.

I gather my contribution has run out. Ads showing up now at the top and side of the pages. I will have to go along with things the way they are, ads and all, until --hopefully--life gets better.
Don't know when that may happen. Social Security only goes so far.

It is not too bad, at least not yet.
I will try and ignore the ads and see if I can proceed to be a reader until I decide that DU comes before my phone bill or the like.
I can no longer give hearts or donate in the name of another member. That makes me sad.

$60.00 is too much for me right now. I will persevere.

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Reply How long will will I last? I have been a contributing member of DU since 2005. (Original post)
Paper Roses May 2012 OP
lunatica May 2012 #1
movonne May 2012 #4
lunatica May 2012 #8
rug May 2012 #27
cynatnite May 2012 #2
NightWatcher May 2012 #3
CaliforniaPeggy May 2012 #5
The Wielding Truth May 2012 #7
XanaDUer May 2012 #34
obamanut2012 May 2012 #6
Raine May 2012 #9
Paka May 2012 #24
Raine May 2012 #28
rug May 2012 #29
Paka May 2012 #46
Codeine May 2012 #10
wial May 2012 #18
Xolodno May 2012 #11
Control-Z May 2012 #12
ellisonz May 2012 #40
Control-Z May 2012 #44
Lars39 May 2012 #13
Wind Dancer May 2012 #19
LeftofObama May 2012 #26
TalkingDog May 2012 #38
HappyMe May 2012 #14
bigwillq May 2012 #15
KT2000 May 2012 #16
longship May 2012 #17
Kaleva May 2012 #23
kudzu22 May 2012 #20
Cleita May 2012 #21
SmileyRose May 2012 #22
DearAbby May 2012 #25
mvd May 2012 #30
obxhead May 2012 #31
great white snark May 2012 #32
Curmudgeoness May 2012 #33
scarletwoman May 2012 #35
mopinko May 2012 #41
Liberal_in_LA May 2012 #36
jwirr May 2012 #37
Raine May 2012 #39
jwirr May 2012 #43
progressoid May 2012 #42
daaron May 2012 #45
NoPasaran May 2012 #47

Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 06:00 PM

1. I got my star on the $3 dollar special

When mine runs out I'm with you.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #1)

Thu May 17, 2012, 06:04 PM

4. Since they are not running the fund raising anymore how do you

donate...I must be missing it somewhere..

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Response to movonne (Reply #4)

Thu May 17, 2012, 08:26 PM

27. It's no longer a donation, it's a purchase.

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 06:02 PM

2. I'll get my star when the money is in the bank...

I go from month to month. If the extra money is there, I'll get it. If not, I'll wait until I've got it.

We will all persevere

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 06:03 PM

3. The ads aren't too bad. I've been star-less for months

I do so miss posting polls however.

DU3 is still pretty friendly with ads. You hardly notice them if you're on a mobile device. Since my laptop died I only have the iPhone and the ads don't get in the way.

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 06:08 PM

5. It is completely beyond my comprehension why we can't buy stars for anyone else.

And I don't know why they haven't addressed this, either.

It's very frustrating.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #5)

Thu May 17, 2012, 06:19 PM

7. Can't we?

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #5)

Thu May 17, 2012, 09:00 PM

34. We cannot buy stars for other members, nor they for us? Didn't know that. nt

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 06:10 PM

6. I can't afford one, either

Money is just too tight this year.

You can post without a star.

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 06:22 PM

9. Mine ran out a couple of months ago. I would donate but they don't take checks

anymore. I don't want to use a credit card or paypal so I'm going starless for the foreseeable future. It's not that bad and anyway I don't mind having the extra 60 bucks for myself.

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Response to Raine (Reply #9)

Thu May 17, 2012, 07:36 PM

24. When did they stop taking checks?

That's the way I have to pay. I may lose my star later this year. I am a retired ex-pat living in Thailand on my social security because I can't afford to live in my own country. We live a cash life over here. I've been saving up so I would have the $42 to pay when the time comes around, but if I can't send a check it will be the end of my star in September.

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Response to Paka (Reply #24)

Thu May 17, 2012, 08:27 PM

28. When they switched over to DU3. I have looked and looked and can't find

anyway to send a check. People have asked in the H&M section and it seems they have no plans to allow checks again, anyway not in the near future.

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Response to Paka (Reply #24)

Thu May 17, 2012, 08:30 PM

29. It's only $42 if you use Paypal to make a recurring monthly $3.50 payment.

Otherwise it's $5 a month.

I don't understand why you can't make a one-time payment of $42 by check.

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Response to rug (Reply #29)

Fri May 18, 2012, 07:36 PM

46. That's what I had been planning to do.

Maybe there can be exceptions made for unusual circumstances, or maybe I can write the check to a relative of mine and have them put it on their credit card. I don't use the extra privileges, but I like my star and I feel good about paying what I can for the pleasure I get from DU.

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 06:22 PM

10. Get an Adblocker for your browser.

That way at least you won't see them. Much easier to deal with.

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Response to Codeine (Reply #10)

Thu May 17, 2012, 07:09 PM

18. but

isn't blocking advertising un-American? If we didn't have Madison Avenue we'd have to have a nakedly visible secret police to keep us cowed and fearful instead!

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 06:26 PM

11. Or.....

...visit sites you like quite often that advertise on the net. Seeing Disneyland discount tickets, etc. isn't so bad. Make the damn cookies work for you!

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 06:26 PM

12. I tought I had paid a year

but my star is gone too, after 3 months. Plus I've been trying to pay but the payments haven't processed.

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Response to Control-Z (Reply #12)

Fri May 18, 2012, 03:28 AM

40. Have you contacted Skinner?r

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #40)

Fri May 18, 2012, 03:41 PM

44. He answered one message

but not the others I've sent yet.

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 06:30 PM

13. If you use Mozilla Firefox, you can block ads.

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Response to Lars39 (Reply #13)

Thu May 17, 2012, 07:12 PM

19. Isn't it wonderful?

I can't donate now but at least I'm ad free.

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Response to Wind Dancer (Reply #19)

Thu May 17, 2012, 08:22 PM

26. Same here. No ads

Mozilla is terrific!

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Response to Lars39 (Reply #13)

Fri May 18, 2012, 12:22 AM

38. Amen and Amen!!!!

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 06:33 PM

14. I can't afford to get my star

back either.
I'm sure there will be better days ahead for all of us.

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 06:35 PM

15. I just got used to the ads. No biggie now.

I decided to no longer donate once the new rates took effect. But I can still read and post so it's fine by me.

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 06:55 PM

16. Same boat here

I would like to make a donation but the $60 is out of reach right now and there are not any alternatives.
Here's hoping for better times for all!

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 06:57 PM

17. Starless, too. $1,014 a month isn't enough for me

And my 23 year old car is barely drivable. I dunno what I'll do if it dies. It's over 30 miles round trip to the nearest grocery store. My roof leaks. My septic system is ancient. My furnace is cranky, but runs inexpensively, except the oil to burn. I am behind in my property taxes.

No star for you!

Peace to you all.

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Response to longship (Reply #17)

Thu May 17, 2012, 07:36 PM

23. Yes. I get $1071.00 a month.

I have an old scooter my ex lets me use for transportation (she kept the car). It's going to be about 2 more months before I can seriously think of donating to DU.

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 07:22 PM

20. I hadn't even noticed the ads until you mentioned them.

I guess I've become immune to internet ads. Er, I mean.....um, I click every single one...and thoroughly enjoy the products and information they contain. Yeah.

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 07:25 PM

21. I hope somebody will help you out.

I would but I recently lost my job and am pretty strapped myself.

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 07:35 PM

22. I can't afford it either and I'm grateful to Skinner and all for letting me come here anyway.

Since most of the ads I've seen so far in the new DU are products or services that actually interest me then I've been able to give a little payback to the DU by buying on the net via a click through from DU.

For instance my raincoat has been mended so many times it's almost unmendable. Time for a new one. I've been surfing online to find a new one I can afford that's hopefully also made in USA. Within a few days I was fed an ad from King Louis, union made in the USA clothing line and found a man's raincoat on clearance in size small.

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 07:37 PM

25. I hear ya...Mine ran out too

Like you we are on a tight budget. Last October we learned my Husband has cancer. We got the surgery and most the chemo-therapy behind us. Radiation now for the next 5.5 weeks.

Look at the positive side, those DU'ers who are able to pay for membership, I am thankful. I would not be able to enjoy DU without you, warts and all :-D

Big Thank you.

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 08:32 PM

30. Sure do wish they would go to the old system

You can't even post a poll unless you pay $60. I can't do it and hope they re-evaluate.

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 08:37 PM

31. Use Firefox as your browser.

I have a plugin that blocks all the ads here and most other sites. Pages load faster with the ads blocked as well.

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 08:37 PM

32. It is expensive. Thankfully a wonderful Duer gifted me my star on DU2.

Whoever you are know that I appreciate your generostity and I vocally "thank you" every time I log in.

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 08:51 PM

33. You and I both....

you will realize how many people are running around starless, and it will become a greater number by the end of the year.

You will learn to ignore the ads---they are not as intrusive (usually) as I thought they would be. (I just had one pop-up at me and those are the only ads that totally piss me off.)

I hate not having a star, and not donating. I want to support DU. But I am just not willing to play by the rules set up---they ask for too much money for a membership star. Oh well.

We look forward to having you post anyways. At least we are not blocked from that!

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 09:10 PM

35. Dear Paper Roses, as a GD host, I would prefer to lock this thread, since it doesn't meet the SOP

of GD, which is "Discuss politics, issues, and current events... No whining about DU."

While I do not want to insult you by saying that you are "whining about DU", I will point out that you are clearly not discussing "politics, issues, and current events." I also want to point out that discussions about DU itself (which includes "bemoaning" the current cost of purchasing a Star) properly belong in the Help and Meta-Discussion forum.

I brought your post to the Host Forum looking for consensus before proceeding with a lock. While 4 out of 6 hosts weighing in so far agree that your OP belongs in H&M, only 2 hosts (including me) wanted to lock it.

I am posting this to give fair notice to other DUers that this sort of OP does not meet the SOP of GD, and that similar posts may very well be subject to being locked and being asked to re-post to H&M.

I am sorry that you can't afford a star, and I have advocated since the very beginning of DU3 that DUers be allowed to donate stars to others who can't afford them. I will continue to advocate for this - in the Help & Meta-Discussion forum.

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Response to scarletwoman (Reply #35)

Fri May 18, 2012, 11:24 AM

41. we can't donate stars?

wtf?

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 09:23 PM

36. k&r

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 10:46 PM

37. Do they notify us when our donation is due now?

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Response to jwirr (Reply #37)

Fri May 18, 2012, 03:07 AM

39. No, mine just disappeared. You can check under "my account" I think the info

on when it expires is there.

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Response to Raine (Reply #39)

Fri May 18, 2012, 03:24 PM

43. Thank you.

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:29 PM

42. A very kind DUer gave me my current star.

Even though I would like to, I won't be able to renew it when it expires.

Hang in there. We're all in the together.

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 04:42 PM

45. There's no reason to ever see ads on the Internet.

 

Just use Firefox with Adblock Plus add-on. If you use the add-on "Ghostery", you can block Facebook trackers, etc., too. I never see ads on DU, and I pay squat.

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Response to daaron (Reply #45)

Fri May 18, 2012, 08:08 PM

47. Just installed it

In your face, stupid ads!

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