[plug] PLUG News round-up (long)

Tim weirdit at gmail.com
Mon May 16 15:08:09 WST 2011

I also think having paypal would increase membership, especially if
the whole process was fairly automatic.
I'm sure when coding the new system, I can make a signup form that
does basic verification for a correct WA address (AU address maybe)
and allow automatic signup and payment and need manually confirmation
(current system) for addresses outside of a designated area.


On 14 May 2011 16:34, Bret Busby <bret.busby at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 14/05/2011, Haydon Knight <nodyah at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi, some thoughts:
>> You say that only 44/370 members have coughed up the $10 annual fee.  That's
>> 12%.  Have you considered an alternative way to doubling revenue would,
>> rather than doubling the annual fee, be to increase the number of members
>> coughing up to 88/370 (24% - still a very small percentage)?
>> Perhaps one way might be to have an easily-accessible 'donate' or 'pay dues'
>> page on the plug website that takes members to paypal or somewhere where
>> they can pay their money in an single-step/easy/internety way.  Right now it
>> is actually a multi-step non-automated hassle to pay the membership fee -
>> perhaps it is this hassle that is preventing greater numbers coughing up.
>> Best wishes
>> -Haydon
> In thinking about that, I am not sure how it would work for PLUG (it
> could be determined, by a representative of PLUG, contacting Paypal),
> but I believe that having a Paypal payment facility, would probably
> make online payment, easy.
> I have used Paypal for buying goods both from within Australia, and,
> from outside Australia, and it is convenient.
> And, I think that leaving the annual membership fee at $10, would be
> more conducive to increasing membership, than doubling the annual
> membership fee to $20.
> I think that returning the PLUG meetings to central Perth, would be a
> step on the way to reviving membership, as would, I think, restoring
> the workshops at UCC or a similar, relatively central location.
> --
> Bret Busby
> Armadale
> West Australia
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Timothy White - Somewhere in Australia

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