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Weltering in Blood



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:04 am    Post subject: Pay to use Metal Archives? Reply with quote

Anyone else see this

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As many of you know, late last year Metal Archives hit the 100,000 bands milestone. Back in 2002, when the site was founded, I doubt anyone thought we would ever reach this mark. Unfortunately, these achievements come at a price - a very literal one. As the site grows bigger, requiring more and more server space, and traffic increases, requiring more and more bandwidth, the associated costs have increased as well. Back in 2002 it was no big deal to run the site for free - but now, 13 years later, the costs run hundreds a month, even after factoring in the revenue from referals and the donations of a generous few. The owners and staff aren't interested in profits, or we wouldn't have gotten this far, but when it comes to taking money out of our own pockets there's a limit. This means that unfortunately, it's just not feasible to run the site for free anymore - at least, not without making some changes.


so here's the clincher

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Firstly, to conserve bandwidth, all non-subscribers will be limited to 15 band page views per day. This should be plenty for most people to get the information they need, while cutting down on pointless (and costly) aimless browsing. All subscription tiers meanwhile will allow for unlimited* browsing, and provide the option to hide the upcoming banner ads. All reports, reviews, and bands submitted by subscribers will be highlighted in their respective queues. Finally, all subscribers will have access to a members-only forum!

Now, on to the tiers! All prices given in USD.

Silver tier: Metal Soldier - $1.99/month
This is the basic package that provides the member services described above. A forum badge is also included, allowing you to show off your contribution!

Gold tier: Metal General - $6.66/month
This tier comes with all the basic perks, along with giving subcribers the ability to edit site info as if they had Veteran status. In addition, their reviews will be accepted automatically. As before, a special forum badge is also included, to display to the masses your love for metal!

Platinum tier: Metal Dictator - $66.60/month
This tier is reserved only for hardcore metalheads only! Along with everything the previous tiers get, this tier also gives honorary moderator status. This means you get an email address using this domain (yournamehere@metal-archives.com), as well as having access to the moderation queues just like a real moderator! Finally, you'll have access to the moderator-only staff forum, giving you a chance to weigh in on all Metal Archives decisions. Does one of your favorite bands deserve to be on the Archives? This is your chance to get them in!


anyone willing to pay up 7USD a month to use Metal Archives?
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knowledgeactionone



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Discogs will have to do...
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

april fools
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Weltering in Blood



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

goatmolestor wrote:
april fools


aye, that was my first reaction to it. figured the prices are too reasonable for a MA april fools Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weltering in Blood wrote:
goatmolestor wrote:
april fools


aye, that was my first reaction to it. figured the prices are too reasonable for a MA april fools Very Happy



i got caught out before searching a band and that stupid popup appeared.... should lead to some laughs though later on Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love the fact you have to unravel unreadable logos to enter the site
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sixsixsixmusic wrote:
Love the fact you have to unravel unreadable logos to enter the site


Not really unreadable Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sixsixsixmusic wrote:
Love the fact you have to unravel unreadable logos to enter the site

That fucking captcha is really starting to grind my gears.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That fucking captcha is really starting to grind my gears.

All they ll earn with this fucking shit, is they ll lose a lot of users.
I went to the site this morning and quiclky closed the page with thses shitty captcha that nobody is able to read
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quite the sense of humor on these guys, captchas are genius...
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A joke?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They do something like this every year, guys. Yes it's a joke.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just chipped in $66.60 for the platinum account, let me know if you need me to look up any bands, guys!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just hit the Esc key to resume normal operation.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The sense of humor of the people that run that site is mindbogglingly stupid.
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