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What is the value of a subscription? Answered


Subscriptions to members certainly have use.

I subscribe to people in whose work I am interested, who are sometimes also friends.  That means I get emails that let me know what they have done, even if I miss seeing them in the lists of projects and topics.

Those subscriptions have value to me, as a subscriber, because they make my life easier.

However, I have noticed that quite a number of people use subscriptions as a form of currency or reward.  "If you do this thing for me, I will subscribe to you".

How much value do you place on subscriptions?

Do you measure your own worth as a member by the number of subscriptions you have?

Do you decide how much to respect somebody else by the number of subscribers they have?

What if you were only allowed to subscribe to one person for every project you had published?


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scraptopower

8 years ago

It's good that people want to subscribe to me and see more of my work.

I don't bother subscribing to anyone much on here though, as I find the subscriptions display awful.

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AngryRedhead

8 years ago

I subscribe to people who have at least some hint of creating awesome Instructables and continuing to do so because I take a certain enjoyment in being "first on the scene", and I'm not exactly elitist with regard to whom I subscribe. I try not to be miserly with my subscriptions, and I like to return favors. The benefits outweigh the costs, especially when it comes to building rapport and boosting the confidence of others. I wouldn't consider either to be "candy".

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DJ Radio

8 years ago

I would somewhat measure my worth based on my subscriptions if every single one of my subscribers subbed because they liked my work, and they wanted more from me.

Youtube is one of the worst offenders, and I suggest posting a similar rant on there.

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nickodemus

8 years ago

I don't place much value on it, but it sure does feel nice when someone subscribes for a reason.

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MichelMoermans

8 years ago


Well when I get notified that someone has subscribed to me I always feel flattered that someone deemed my previous projects interesting enough to see what I come up with next but other then that I don't pay much attention to it. It's great that some people want to follow what I do but I don't want a bunch of people to subscribe to me for the sake of subscribing.

And I tend to subscribe to people who have interesting ibles and/or are just nice people like for example Lithium Rain. I like to see what they are thinking and building and perhaps get inspired by that.

So the value of a subscription is low to me although I always feel flattered. And I don't condone the way the knexers are handeling it. Giving away subscriptions and 5 stars on all ibles is just ruining the system.

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jeff-oMichelMoermans

Reply 8 years ago

I agree, receiving a notice that you've been subscribed to is quite flattering. :)

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KitemanMichelMoermans

Reply 8 years ago

That's kind of what I was getting at - to some they're useful, to others they are candy...

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gmjhowe

8 years ago

Ppffft. You subscribe to someone and they fill up your emails with spam my topics with silly questions with no real answer meant to provoke thought.

*Unsubscribes Kiteman*

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Kitemangmjhowe

Reply 8 years ago

...now you won't know what I do to private ibles...

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lemonie

8 years ago


I never subscribe to anybody:
They are worth what you get out of them, which should be a nice-technical-function.

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killerjackalope

8 years ago

Using them to monitor howe...

I'm going to have to put something solid in his way...

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V-Man737

8 years ago

:/ I'm pretty sure a subscription's value depends on how often you pump out Instructables.

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Hiyadudez

8 years ago

I'll be honest. I do like getting lots of subscribers, because it makes me feel happy that alot of people like what i make and build.

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RadBear

8 years ago

I get a warm fuzzy from folks subscribing, but that warm fuzzy would not appear if I had to trade for it. I want people to subscribe b/c they have found consistent value in what I publish, not just so I can have dozens of little icons on my profile. Otherwise it just becomes digital prostitution.

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Goodhart

8 years ago

Somewhat like Cameron, I don't really hold much in other's subscribing to me; I hope those that do are interested in the things I do, even if they are not very frequent.

I do the same, subscribe to those that have at least one interesting project in their list......and with as many as I have subscribed to, I have yet to see my mail box "flooded" with projects (once I got one that had 12 entries in it, but that is rare).

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NachoMahma

8 years ago

> How much value do you place on subscriptions?
.  It all depends on who is subscribing to me. I consider some to be very valuable (eg, Kiteman). Some others are pretty much worthless (shall remain nameless).

> Do you measure your own worth as a member by the number of subscriptions you have?
.  As per the first question, not so much quantity as quality.

> Do you decide how much to respect somebody else by the number of subscribers they have?
.  I may look at their stats if it's someone new to me. After that, I can make up my own mind.

> What if you were only allowed to subscribe to one person for every project you had published?
.  Pfffftt. With only 3 iBles, I'd be screwed.

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CameronSS

8 years ago

I place no value on how many subscriptions other people have, because it doesn't affect me at all. I think a lot of it is carryover from places like YouTube partners, where having more subscriptions means more views and therefor a larger paycheck from ad views.

I find it useful to have Smart Peeps subscribed to me, because when I post a forum topic, it's instantly emailed to a bunch of Smart Peeps, who are then much more likely to answer my question.