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Number of "Pro" users? Answered

. How about a running total of the number of "Pro" (I hate that term) users in the "New Pro Users" title block?

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bylerfamily
bylerfamily

11 years ago

I hate the term pro...It sounds to me like they think they are supreme because they paid for a membership.It is not something I like,having people be made superior to us by paying for a member ship.I knew the economy was bad but I did not know that instructables was going to stoop to this level.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 11 years ago

It's not that they think their superior ("supreme" is incorrect). The label was adopted and is applied by Staff to classify the account. A number of us disagree with it, and wish that something else were used (e.g., a little "gold star" symbol or something else less verbal).

If you didn't know, then presumably you haven't been reading the Forums for the past six months:
https://www.instructables.com/community/Instructables_Alternative_Revenue_Strategies/
https://www.instructables.com/community/Pro-Instructables-Accounts/
https://www.instructables.com/community/Instructables-Pro-Accounts-Have-Launched/

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bylerfamily
bylerfamily

Reply 11 years ago

No,I have not read the forums for the last few months.I need to start.:-)

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Lftndbt
Lftndbt

Reply 11 years ago

I hate the term pro...It sounds to me like they think they are supreme because they paid for a membership.

That part of your post I agree with.....

I think Pro, should be changed to a group term such as "Iblers"

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

Reply 11 years ago

Iblers? Ugh! That's so rotten I'd ask for my money back. ;-)

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Somebody suggested elsewhere, and I agree, that the "PRO" tag could be changed to soemthing neutral, like a gold star, or an LED.

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

Reply 11 years ago

"What makes a good man go neutral? Lust for gold? Power? Or were you just born with a heart full of neutrality?" Actually I like the gold star idea, but then again, I don't have a problem with the pro either. Need we dumb down for those who fail to differentiate between pro and professional?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

It's not a dumbing down thing, it's an image thing.

See elsewhere in this thread - some people think that pro is discriminatory, excluding non-pro from the heart of the site.

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

Reply 11 years ago

Actually you can't, read the TOS, under legal, rule 29, the famous Balk rule.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

11 years ago

I can't help wondering - how many paid subscriptions does the site need to break even?

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 11 years ago

I'm surprised by how many of the pro users I don't know. I figured that most of them would be the more prominent users at first. Out of curiosity, which plan did most of you staffers buy?

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 11 years ago

I bought a 1-year.

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yourcat
yourcat

Reply 11 years ago

Isn't that like paying yourself...?

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 11 years ago

. That's not very comforting. Have you found rust on Robot?

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 11 years ago

I honestly think it's the best value, so it's the one I bought. Maybe I'm also optimistic that advertising will rebound a year from now and we'll be able to lower the price!

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

Reply 11 years ago

and remember to kick the tires too.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

I clicked "sort by recent", and I was fourth from last on the list. Does that mean I was the fourth person to turn pro? Beaten only by yourself, Christy and Ed? Surely not?

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 11 years ago

. I think Lebowski was the first.

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Spl1nt3rC3ll
Spl1nt3rC3ll

Reply 11 years ago

It looks like "sort by recent" sorts by the member since date, not the pro account creation date.

Either I'm really tired, or that sentence looks horribly, grammatically incorrect...

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

So, that just makes me...

...an old hand?

Your grammar was fine, and so was your grampa.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

in about 8 days, I will be able to join the ranks too (right now there are insufficient funds available.

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

Reply 11 years ago

yeah, because I'm ahead of nacho, but he was already a pro when I was still drinking my morning coffee trying to figure out where my wallet was.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Ha, no wallet needed - PayPal has advantages.

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

Reply 11 years ago

It had just been so very long since I used Paypal that I needed to update my credit card on file, no way I'm letting those criminals have access to my bank account.

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 11 years ago

Recent sorts by sign up date. I don't think the unsorted listing is sorting by anything.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Ah, thanks.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

11 years ago

"Pro" (I hate that term)

Same here. I'd prefer something like premium user or maybe even Maker

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Keith-Kid
Keith-Kid

Reply 11 years ago

I agree with Lith, we're ALL makers. Pro suits you, you're pros at your craft!

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 11 years ago

Generally a "pro" doesn't become a pro by paying.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Tell that to a college grad with no experience in a field ;-)

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Keith-Kid
Keith-Kid

Reply 11 years ago

Tell that to the world....

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 11 years ago

:( But we're all makers...

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jessyratfink
jessyratfink

11 years ago

I can't believe some users just signed up today/yesterday and they're already pro. That's great! I think people are started to feel better about paying for a great service - if flickr, IGN, and various other sites can do it, so can ibles!