Pro Members? What about the features we already have? [UPDATE]

Ok, so far these are the incentives for becoming a pro member:

Pro Member: PDF Downloads, Allsteps Preference, Rich Media Version, Pro Badge, Digital Patches, Less Advertising, Private Projects, Members-only Forums, Favorites List.

BUT I already have the available: PDF Downloads, Allsteps Preference, Favorites List.

I love these options, and really it's the main reason why I signed up for instructables. If this continues, will I lose those options? Because using the site would become a whole lot less user friendly. Maybe make it for only new members, but it still bugs me that you would remove options, rather than adding more. I guess the main question is, do I have to start bookmarking my 251 favorites on the site, or are we safe from these changes?

All in all, I think it's a mistake to remove options from the users who have helped to make this site what it is today. Also, I would hope that user comments for new enhancements to the site don't just add up to the incentives for going pro, but are made for the people that suggested them.

Don't get me wrong, pro versions are what can keep websites afloat, but sometimes it can go to far to the pont that only hard time members will stay.

If you have any thoughts, please comment below.

UPDATE: Well, this was the final nail in the coffin. The preview time is over. They took away the option to see a larger image that wasn't the main one for the instructables. This was the reason why I signed up, not realizing the other benefits, and it's what makes it possible to proof read my own instructables, and follow others. This has taken the site to a point that it doesn't seem worth it to even log in. I'd say that there really isn't a point for me to make an instructable now if I can't even view it all together, make a backup in case something happened to the sight, or view all of it completely. Thanks instructables. FIX: This happened to me, but now after a few hours it doesn't anymore. It must be sporadic. Instructables is looking into it as a bug, so it's not supposed to happen yet. Sorry for the false alarm.


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canida8 years ago
Just read your update - that shouldn't have happened, sounds like something isn't working right! PM me and we'll identify/fix the bug. I don't want to accidentally screw anyone's ability to view the site.
xACIDITYx8 years ago
I agree. I don't think they should have taken away features from normal users, but just added them for pro members.
benchun8 years ago
People are already starting to protest the new policy by taking down their content:
lukethebook333 (author) 8 years ago
I don't know about you, but the site seems a lot slower now....
lukethebook333 (author)  lukethebook3338 years ago
Also, I'm not sure what you mean by the pictures going, I hope you can still access smaller pictures like you used to when you signed up...
lukethebook333 (author)  lukethebook3338 years ago
Here is the pricing:

1 year ($23.40): $23.40 a year
1 Month ($2.95): = to $35.40 a year
2 Year ($39.95): = to $19.98 a year

(So the 2 year is actually the better value)
lukethebook333 (author)  lukethebook3338 years ago
So they calculated wrong!
Over a two-year period, you have to calculate the amount of interest you would earn on the money you reserved for future pro account payments, and compare that with the total absolute cost. At a 2% APY, I estimate that you would earn $0.48 with a yearly subscription for a total discounted cost of $46.32; for a monthly subscription, $1.38 of interest for a total of $69.42; and $39.95 total cost with no interest for a two-year subscription. The interest rate has to soar to 25% APY to make the 1-year and 2-year subscriptions equal in discounted cost. See my spreadsheet here.

However, this assumes you want, and will use, a full two-year subscription. My guess is that for the majority of people, $6.37 is worth the ability to decide to renew or not after a year. Have you been a member of Instructables for more than 2 years? If not, how do you know you'll want to be a pro member for that period of time?

So, we put the "best value" icon on the yearly subscription because we actually think it's the best value for most users. (The additional patches to give away definitely complicates the matter more, but I'm going to ignore them for the time being.)
Well, it's taking a bit of a leap of faith to assume I have that extra money deposited in the bank and earning a decent interest rate.

To most people, the best value = the least money for the same result. That's certainly my default definition of value. By that definition the one year plan isn't the best value, so even if you have valid reason to label it as such, some people looking at it may think you are trying to pull a fast one.
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