Re: CommunityZero: Important Information for Community Founders
- Hi all,
I thought you might be as amused by this email as I was. I'm glad we didn't make any effort to develop our Community Zero site. It would have been pointless.
> COMMUNITYZERO: INFORMATION FOR COMMUNITY FOUNDERS
> Dear CommunityZero Core Community Founder,
> CommunityZero continues to grow rapidly following the
> recently completed upgrade of our Core service to the
> enterprise-level version 2.0 of our software.
> I am writing you today to inform you of upcoming changes at
> CommunityZero. Over the next several days, an email will be
> distributed to all members of our Core service. The email
> will notify them that starting October 1st, restrictions
> will be placed on our free CommunityZero 2.0 Core service
> that will limit members access to content and
> functionality. Members will be able to purchase Platinum
> Memberships enabling them to join and/or start an unlimited
> number of communities, and never be restricted by community
> page view limits. Platinum Memberships will be offered at
> an introductory price of USD$29.95 per year (less than
> USD$2.50 per month).
> Fees are being introduced to ensure that the CommunityZero
> service is supported over the long-term with sufficient
> resources to ensure ongoing development and operation at a
> world-class level.
> Users who do not purchase Platinum Memberships will remain
> members of the communities that they have joined. As
> members of the communities, they will continue to receive
> broadcast emails from the community administrators, and they
> will also receive periodic updates summarizing community
> activity if they have subscribed to do so. These members
> will be able to login to CommunityZero and edit their
> account information or deactivate their accounts at any
> time. As well, they will be able to enter the communities
> they are a part of, and view the Whats New and summary
> pages of each function. However, they will not be able to
> view content in detail unless they purchase a Platinum
> Membership to CommunityZero. Later this month, Platinum
> Membership will be offered for purchase from within the My
> Communities area of the CommunityZero website.
> While individual members will have the opportunity to
> purchase Platinum Memberships, Community Founders will have
> additional options available to them.
> We recognize that some Founders would like to keep their
> communities open without requiring the community
> participants to pay any fees whatsoever. To meet this
> requirement, we will be offering specific Community Services
> that allow Founders to purchase community page view capacity
> in advance. Once purchased, any person can join or login to
> the community as long as capacity exists, utilizing the page
> views purchased. However, page views generated by members
> who have purchased Platinum Memberships will not be counted
> as utilized page views. In other words, only page views
> used by persons who are not Platinum Members will be
> counted. And, if the capacity limit is reached during the
> month, Platinum Members will still be able to freely access
> the community. The purchase of Community page view capacity
> is only required if you are interested in allowing members
> that do not carry Platinum Memberships to participate.
> Once activated later this month, our online transaction
> processing capabilities will also permit Founders to
> purchase additional image and file storage capacity. As has
> always been the case, there will not be any capacity limits
> on all other functions.
> Regrettably, this change will also impact those communities
> for which Founders have already purchased page views or
> additional storage capacity. To address this situation, and
> to provide maximum flexibility to these customers, we will
> be offering full refunds to these customers for the unused
> portions of their purchases. These customers will then be
> free to either redirect the funds to purchase community
> services from our new offerings, or accept the refunds
> Please note that this email is being sent to you in advance
> of our official announcement of this change, to provide you
> with lead-time to plan accordingly. Later this month, we
> will release new areas on our website within the My
> Communities section, where Founders will be able to purchase
> Community Services prior to October 1st, ensuring that their
> communities continue to function without interruption.
> For detailed information regarding the upcoming introduction
> of fee-based Community Services, please visit the following
> In anticipation of some of the questions that our users may
> have, we have posted several informational pages on our
> website. Please visit the following link to find answers to
> what we anticipate will be some frequently asked questions:
> Thank you again for using CommunityZero.
> If you do not wish to receive update or newsletter emails in
> the future, please unsubscribe using the following link:
> Alfred Jay
> President & CEO
> Ramius Corporation (developers of CommunityZero)
- At 11:05 PM 4/09/2002 +0400, you wrote:
>Hi all,I figured Community Zero would eventually charge for their services, but I
>I thought you might be as amused by this email as I was. I'm glad we
>didn't make any effort to develop our Community Zero site. It would have
didn't think it would happen this quickly! But I am glad I didn't spend
more time in there getting comfortable.
- Michael C.
> > COMMUNITYZERO: INFORMATION FOR COMMUNITY FOUNDERS
> > Dear CommunityZero Core Community Founder,
> > CommunityZero continues to grow rapidly following the
> > recently completed upgrade of our Core service to the
> > enterprise-level version 2.0 of our software.
> > I am writing you today to inform you of upcoming changes at
> > CommunityZero. Over the next several days, an email will be
> > distributed to all members of our Core service. The email
> > will notify them that starting October 1st, restrictions