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Remove ads!

Postby [violet] » Thu Nov 29, 2012 5:34 pm

Short version: You can now remove ads from the site for the modest sum of $2.99 (US).

http://www.nationstates.net/page=store

Long version: Currently, NationStates is 100% ad-supported. This is not ideal because some people don't like ads and would prefer to support the site directly. Also, it's kind of nerve-wracking for us to be 100% dependent on one revenue source, since if that disappears, we can't pay the bills.

So now you can now pay $2.99 to enjoy the site without ads! This works on a per-nation basis and lasts forever.

You can also buy it for another nation as a gift.

I'm pre-announcing it here ahead of a public unveiling on the News page so we can be sure it's all working. I don't think there are any bugs left, but if so, please report them! I will fix up any mistakes. (You should probably not go crazy with purchases, if you're considering doing that, for the first few days of testing.)

There are a few more details on the store page under "Terms & Conditions".

A lot of people have suggested we do this (or a donations page) for a long time, so hopefully it works out! Please let me know of any questions or issues, thanks!
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Postby Unibot III » Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:07 pm

Of course I'll donate. :P
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Postby Crushing Our Enemies » Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:15 pm

That may very well be the easiest decision I've ever made in this game.

EDIT: By the way, it appears to be working perfectly.
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Postby Bajireyn » Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:18 pm

Crushing Our Enemies wrote:That may very well be the easiest decision I've ever made in this game.

EDIT: By the way, it appears to be working perfectly.

Indeed.
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Postby Cold Coast » Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:18 pm

Just out of curiosity, how much money do you get from ads?

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Postby [violet] » Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:18 pm

Congratulations to Crushing Our Enemies for making the first ever purchase. :)

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Postby Unibot III » Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:20 pm

Lovely coding interface, nice work [violet]. :)

EDIT: three dollars well spent.
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Postby Warinemachine » Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:21 pm

sounds cool, but do we need have the adds removed?

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Postby Crushing Our Enemies » Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:23 pm

If you don't like having them gone, you can re-enable them in your settings page, haha.
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Postby Tramiar » Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:24 pm

Warinemachine wrote:sounds cool, but do we need have the adds removed?

No, but paying this will make it so you don't have the ads. If we needed to remove them, I'd be sad. I'm not entirely sure I'll even have $3 once I put gas in my car. :P
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Postby Sanctaria » Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:29 pm

Bought, but I do hope this isn't the beginning of a road to something similar to NS2.
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Postby Vilita » Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:33 pm

I purchased but terms and conditions don't say anything about personal information - what do you do with it etc after a purchase has been made? Will our paypal accounts be hounded in the future now that they are linked to the nation or the nation we gift to?
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Postby Glen-Rhodes » Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:33 pm

Is there any other way you can set up additional payment methods, such as Google Wallet or Amazon Payments? I would love to buy some subscriptions, but I have no intention of ever dealing with PayPal again. :|

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Postby The Blaatschapen » Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:49 pm

Glen-Rhodes wrote:Is there any other way you can set up additional payment methods, such as Google Wallet or Amazon Payments? I would love to buy some subscriptions, but I have no intention of ever dealing with PayPal again. :|


Yeah, I wish I could use the old fashioned credit card(Mastercard).

Though, considering we have quite the dutch user base here, iDEAL might be an option? :p ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IDEAL )
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Postby [violet] » Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:51 pm

Vilita wrote:I purchased but terms and conditions don't say anything about personal information - what do you do with it etc after a purchase has been made? Will our paypal accounts be hounded in the future now that they are linked to the nation or the nation we gift to?

Good questions. No transaction details are recorded in nations, only that it now owns that purchase, which means no personal information from PayPal is viewable by moderators. But PayPal does transmit your name & email address, which the servers records in case something goes wrong and I need to dig through it later to figure out what happened.

So admins can figure out a purchaser's name & email address, but no other personal info, while mods don't have access to that at all.

I'm not sure what you mean by hounding PayPal accounts, but the data is only used for verifying the purchase. You're not added to a mailing list or anything like that. I guess we should say this explicitly!

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Postby [violet] » Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:55 pm

Glen-Rhodes wrote:Is there any other way you can set up additional payment methods, such as Google Wallet or Amazon Payments? I would love to buy some subscriptions, but I have no intention of ever dealing with PayPal again. :|

I completely sympathize, but PayPal is the only one that seems to be open to Australian-based vendors. So we're kind of stuck with them.

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Postby [violet] » Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:57 pm

The Blaatschapen wrote:Yeah, I wish I could use the old fashioned credit card(Mastercard).

I'm pretty sure you can. You don't need an actual PayPal account any more. You can just enter card details.

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Postby Republic Of Hell » Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:13 pm

[violet] wrote:
Glen-Rhodes wrote:Is there any other way you can set up additional payment methods, such as Google Wallet or Amazon Payments? I would love to buy some subscriptions, but I have no intention of ever dealing with PayPal again. :|

I completely sympathize, but PayPal is the only one that seems to be open to Australian-based vendors. So we're kind of stuck with them.


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Postby Cerian Quilor » Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:14 pm

The store should sell NationStates Merchendise. I'd pay good money for a NS T-Shirt.

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Postby Sichuan Pepper » Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:49 pm

Still seeing ads forum side. Nice feature but I would like to remove them when I visit the NS forum as well.
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Postby Vilita » Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:58 pm

Cerian Quilor wrote:The store should sell NationStates Merchendise. I'd pay good money for a NS T-Shirt.

:)


Some ppl were saying the same thing on the IRC too. I'm sure a shirt with the jennifer government logo on it would sell perhaps? Speaking of which, i still see the ad for that, i guess that doesn't come off with the package? :)
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Postby [violet] » Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:14 pm

Sichuan Pepper wrote:Still seeing ads forum side. Nice feature but I would like to remove them when I visit the NS forum as well.

Mmm, that's a bug. Should be no forum ads. Lemme investigate.

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Postby Sichuan Pepper » Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:28 pm

All fixed! That was fast :) Thanks!
I am enjoying the ad free feature. Just in time for nice Christmas gifts too :)
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Postby [violet] » Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:34 pm

It is nice to see the site ad-free. Sadly, I have to keep them on, to keep an eye out for problems.

The server wasn't syncing to the forum properly after a purchase; now fixed.

Vilita wrote:I'm sure a shirt with the jennifer government logo on it would sell perhaps? Speaking of which, i still see the ad for that, i guess that doesn't come off with the package? :)

It doesn't, no. The credit box stays in the side panel; the Google ads in the game & forums are banished.

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Postby The Republic of Lanos » Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:37 pm

In a few months, the NS Store will feature a lot more than just ad removal. :p

But hey, AdblockPlus is already free. :p

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