Out of the Blue

Okay, as recently promised, we have launched a pilot support campaign for Blue's News after many of you raised the topic when we were once again dropped by Amazon's affiliate program. This page has all the details on what this is all about, much of which is covered by the rest of this post as well. It explains our mission for this: "Your support will allow us to remain completely independent from the influence of game companies, media conglomerates, advertisers, and sponsored content."

Funds are being collected through PayPal and Patreon, and they work the same way, though if it affects your choice, it looks like PayPal takes less of a cut. You can sign up as a recurring supporter for USD$3, USD$5, or USD$8/month. This will entitle you to a forum badge designating you a bronze, silver, or gold supporter, respectively. You will also have the option of hiding your level of support or hiding your support altogether. Our informal poll revealed a general sentiment that readers are looking for a way to support the site on an ongoing basis without other tiered rewards, so that's how this is being handled for now. Also, while many of you use ad blockers already (one of the reasons this is necessary), we will add optional ad-blocking for contributors as quickly as possible. Those of you willing to sign on before that feature goes live will receive an extra designation as "founding" supporters. Update: Please be aware that forum badge assignment is a manual process. I handle these as quickly as possible, but under some circumstances there may be a delay.

You can also make one-time contributions through a separate PayPal link. You can also use Patreon to do this by pledging however much you want and cancelling your support after that goes through. Here's a note about that: Patreon requires a permanent decision up front of whether or not patrons get charged right away upon pledging. But recurring charges always come on the first of the month. So even though there are only a few days left until March, since this option cannot be changed, we have chosen to allow them to collect this upfront payment to allow for one-time pledges going forward. But everyone will still get a full 30 days membership for each monthly pledge regardless of their start date. So pledging today and getting charged on March 1st covers you until April 24th. Those who make one-time payments will still get a supporter badge for the length of time appropriate to the amount they pledge.

Feel free to ask questions or leave comments about this in the forums or by email, and sincere thanks to all of you who have expressed a desire to directly support the site in this manner.

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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 1, 2020, 18:42
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Mar 1, 2020, 18:42
 
Sorry, I donated with one email account and signed up here with another . I'm not worried about the badge stuff.

I would add to the voices that suggest a pledge reminder in whatever timeframe you feel is appropriate.

thanks
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Feb 29, 2020, 01:45
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Feb 29, 2020, 01:45
 
Dev wrote on Feb 28, 2020, 22:30:
Ugh patreon now has this email verify thing and of course they aren't sending emails to me. Going to have to open a ticket or something, and if they can't let me log in, I'll have to cancel my subs with them.

Anyways, I sent a year from paypal, and added a note with my email here.
Somehow I missed it when it first started, then I checked out various people with colored names and got to this page.

Thanks for doing this Blue!

No no, thank you and everyone else for participating. The support and the kind words you've all been sharing are amazing. You are a great bunch.

Sorry to hear about your headaches with Patreon.
Stephen "Blue" Heaslip
Blue's News Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, El Presidente for Life
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Re: Out of the Blue
Feb 28, 2020, 22:30
Dev
Re: Out of the Blue Feb 28, 2020, 22:30
Feb 28, 2020, 22:30
Dev
 
Ugh patreon now has this email verify thing and of course they aren't sending emails to me. Going to have to open a ticket or something, and if they can't let me log in, I'll have to cancel my subs with them.

Anyways, I sent a year from paypal, and added a note with my email here.
Somehow I missed it when it first started, then I checked out various people with colored names and got to this page.

Thanks for doing this Blue!
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Feb 27, 2020, 18:23
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Feb 26, 2020, 18:35
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Kxmode wrote on Feb 26, 2020, 18:25:
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 25, 2020, 21:38:
Is that pumpkin or sweet potato pie.
sweet potato pie? ewww
Ever had it? The taste can be very similar depending on recipes...
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Feb 26, 2020, 18:33
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Quinn wrote on Feb 26, 2020, 17:48:
Right now I'm in a place where I took a new job that pays better but sucks ass so much that I'm probably going to be "between jobs" soon or else I'll go nuts. So yeah, rationing just to be safe for now.
Bummer. Good luck on getting the situation rectified.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Feb 26, 2020, 18:25
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"Listen, Peter... with great horsepower comes... the sickest drifts..." - source
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Re: Out of the Blue
Feb 26, 2020, 17:48
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Blue wrote on Feb 26, 2020, 11:40:
Quinn wrote on Feb 26, 2020, 06:44:
I have too little money to support the gazillion of sites I wish to support. So I feel discriminated but mostly unsafe for not having a colorful nickname, showing everyone I'm a leech who enjoys but doesn't support Blue.

I am a hurt victim.

No worries Quinn, I totally understand. We have an option to hide your status for supporters, just feel free to claim that's what you're doing.

Imagine that Neh, I promise I'll donate soon. I've been visiting this site since the day I got my own rig and internet connection and was searching for a reliable game news site. Right now I'm in a place where I took a new job that pays better but sucks ass so much that I'm probably going to be "between jobs" soon or else I'll go nuts. So yeah, rationing just to be safe for now.
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Feb 26, 2020, 14:02
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Feb 26, 2020, 14:02
 
Blue wrote on Feb 26, 2020, 11:40:
Quinn wrote on Feb 26, 2020, 06:44:
I have too little money to support the gazillion of sites I wish to support. So I feel discriminated but mostly unsafe for not having a colorful nickname, showing everyone I'm a leech who enjoys but doesn't support Blue.

I am a hurt victim.

No worries Quinn, I totally understand. We have an option to hide your status for supporters, just feel free to claim that's what you're doing.
I support Blues in part so that others with other commitments can still enjoy the site. So please don't feel discriminated against or guilty about it.

I do the same for Star Citizen with my multiple Legatus pack purchases.

Speaking of Star Citizen, at 100 comments, we've reached the Star Citizen threshold. I shall therefore initiate the ritual summoning: Derek Smart! Derek Smart! Derek Smart!
If Russia stops fighting, the war ends. If Ukraine stops fighting, Ukraine ends. Slava Ukraini!
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Feb 26, 2020, 11:40
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Feb 26, 2020, 11:40
 
Quinn wrote on Feb 26, 2020, 06:44:
I have too little money to support the gazillion of sites I wish to support. So I feel discriminated but mostly unsafe for not having a colorful nickname, showing everyone I'm a leech who enjoys but doesn't support Blue.

I am a hurt victim.

No worries Quinn, I totally understand. We have an option to hide your status for supporters, just feel free to claim that's what you're doing.
Stephen "Blue" Heaslip
Blue's News Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, El Presidente for Life
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Feb 26, 2020, 11:39
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Feb 26, 2020, 11:39
 
fakespyder wrote on Feb 24, 2020, 19:07:
This site has been my go-to for over a decade. Thanks for the Paypal one-time option. I hope this works out for you Blue.

Thank you for the support. I wrote you to ask what level of badge you desire, but have not seen a reply. Would you prefer Gold, Silver, or Bronze for the corresponding appropriate span?
Stephen "Blue" Heaslip
Blue's News Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, El Presidente for Life
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Re: Out of the Blue
Feb 26, 2020, 06:44
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Re: Out of the Blue Feb 26, 2020, 06:44
Feb 26, 2020, 06:44
 
I have too little money to support the gazillion of sites I wish to support. So I feel discriminated but mostly unsafe for not having a colorful nickname, showing everyone I'm a leech who enjoys but doesn't support Blue.

I am a hurt victim.
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Feb 25, 2020, 21:38
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Feb 25, 2020, 21:38
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 25, 2020, 21:11:
emgarf wrote on Feb 25, 2020, 11:41:
After 17+ years of lurking, I'm happy to subscribe.
Dood, awesome. Also, sweet avatar pic. Now I'm hungry.
Is that pumpkin or sweet potato pie.
“We’ve arranged a society on science and technology in which nobody understands anything about science and technology, and this combustible mixture of ignorance and power sooner or later is going to blow up in our faces." Carl Sagan
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Feb 25, 2020, 21:14
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Feb 25, 2020, 21:14
 
JohnnyRotten wrote on Feb 25, 2020, 19:34:
Done and done

Nuthin rotten about you, Johnny!
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Re: Out of the Blue
Feb 25, 2020, 21:11
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Feb 25, 2020, 21:11
 
emgarf wrote on Feb 25, 2020, 11:41:
After 17+ years of lurking, I'm happy to subscribe.
Dood, awesome. Also, sweet avatar pic. Now I'm hungry.
If Russia stops fighting, the war ends. If Ukraine stops fighting, Ukraine ends. Slava Ukraini!
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Feb 25, 2020, 19:34
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Done and done
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Feb 25, 2020, 17:25
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Feb 25, 2020, 17:25
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Forum badge test, nothing to see here
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Feb 25, 2020, 16:24
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Feb 25, 2020, 16:24
 
No problem, glad you worked it out and were willing to contribute. Beam
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Feb 25, 2020, 15:31
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Feb 25, 2020, 15:31
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 24, 2020, 18:52:
Ghostface Killah wrote on Feb 24, 2020, 18:24:
I’ve been coming here since it was Blue’s Quake Rag. This is a no brained to sign up. All the luck with this Blue and the site renovations!

Just curious, will there be a way to update my email address now on the forums to match the email I subbed to PayPal with?
It isn't necessary -- just email Blue with saying the payment should be assigned to the email used here at the site. But if you want to change your email address here you can do so via the "User Settings" link on the left, then select "Modify User Details".

Thank you Tact! How I overlooked this for so long I have no idea! Apparently I must have created another account under the correct email address because when I tried to change the email it informed me about this account. Logged in at it's already bronzed! I'm all set!
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Feb 25, 2020, 13:27
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Feb 25, 2020, 13:27
 
Paypal's conversion from US to CDN was pretty bad: a $60 USD donation became $88 CDN using their conversion factor while the true conversion is about $78. Their processing fee too, $4.81 USD. Yowza.
*edit: Paypal offers to let the credit card do the conversion, so that was avoided. Just a heads up for other Canadians.
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