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    OK folks, settle in, lots of news to report. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif

    First, the very exciting news that I think a LOT of you will be very happy about... soon, there will be COTH POLO SHIRTS available! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...on_biggrin.gif

    I'll have the details (colors, price, etc.) a little later today or tomorrow. But they should be ready to order within a week or two.

    Second, we are going to add some limited classified ad forums. For now, the items will be limited to tack and horse/rider apparel, and must be priced under $1000. (The idea being that if you want to sell something more expensive than $1000, you should be buying an ad in the magazine.)

    The forums are basically meant for you guys to use to sell your used stuff. Ads from retailers, commercial enterprises, and dealers will not be allowed. More details on this will also follow... the forums should be up and running within a week or two. The cost per ad will be $10 for items priced under $250, and $20 for items priced under $1000.

    Third, we are going to proceed with the pay-to-post-pix plan that was discussed here in detail a month or two ago. Basically, if you want to be able to upload your pictures to the forum, you'll have to buy a premium membership. If you don't want to buy the membership, you're free to link to your photos on another website or in an online album. You just won't be able to attach pix to your posts.

    Right now, the target date to start the pay-to-post-pix plan is April 15. The cost for a year-long premium membership will be $20. It will also include one free classified ad, a custom member title (like the ones we auctioned off for Aiden), and a discount on COTH merchandise (like the polo shirts... and there are other goodies coming http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif ).

    As I said, more details will be available about all this stuff in the next few days. I just wanted to give everyone an early heads-up.

    Please remember that hosting this forum is rather expensive for the Chronicle. What we're trying to do is to give you guys optional ways to help support the forums financially. Rather than charge everyone a fee to post here, we'd rather offer some cool "extras" that are totally optional. This way, people can support the forums if they choose to, but they don't have to.

    We hope you'll enjoy all the new cool stuff! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif

    [This message was edited by Erin on Apr. 04, 2003 at 05:10 PM.]



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    OK folks, settle in, lots of news to report. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif

    First, the very exciting news that I think a LOT of you will be very happy about... soon, there will be COTH POLO SHIRTS available! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...on_biggrin.gif

    I'll have the details (colors, price, etc.) a little later today or tomorrow. But they should be ready to order within a week or two.

    Second, we are going to add some limited classified ad forums. For now, the items will be limited to tack and horse/rider apparel, and must be priced under $1000. (The idea being that if you want to sell something more expensive than $1000, you should be buying an ad in the magazine.)

    The forums are basically meant for you guys to use to sell your used stuff. Ads from retailers, commercial enterprises, and dealers will not be allowed. More details on this will also follow... the forums should be up and running within a week or two. The cost per ad will be $10 for items priced under $250, and $20 for items priced under $1000.

    Third, we are going to proceed with the pay-to-post-pix plan that was discussed here in detail a month or two ago. Basically, if you want to be able to upload your pictures to the forum, you'll have to buy a premium membership. If you don't want to buy the membership, you're free to link to your photos on another website or in an online album. You just won't be able to attach pix to your posts.

    Right now, the target date to start the pay-to-post-pix plan is April 15. The cost for a year-long premium membership will be $20. It will also include one free classified ad, a custom member title (like the ones we auctioned off for Aiden), and a discount on COTH merchandise (like the polo shirts... and there are other goodies coming http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif ).

    As I said, more details will be available about all this stuff in the next few days. I just wanted to give everyone an early heads-up.

    Please remember that hosting this forum is rather expensive for the Chronicle. What we're trying to do is to give you guys optional ways to help support the forums financially. Rather than charge everyone a fee to post here, we'd rather offer some cool "extras" that are totally optional. This way, people can support the forums if they choose to, but they don't have to.

    We hope you'll enjoy all the new cool stuff! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif

    [This message was edited by Erin on Apr. 04, 2003 at 05:10 PM.]



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    Erin, sounds awfully reasonable! Hat off to COTH!
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    Love it! Can't wait to order my shirt, and think the premium for posting pix is a great way to go.
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    Oh yeah, almost forgot... I just turned on our cool new member levels. Different titles for different numbers of posts... not just "New Member" and "Member."

    http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...on_biggrin.gif



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    Sounds great! I like the "pay to play" idea. Gee. I wonder if I can make that $20. tax deductible... http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/lol.gif



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    Erin, that sure sounds fair to me. Actually, it sounds great.

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    Awesome! I love all of it!

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    Sounds good Erin. Thank you and the COTH!
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    Oooh, I will get a shirt! I will be subscribing as well, even though I don't post pictures too often I might like to keep my custom member title!

    Which might need to be changed when I get a permanent one....of course, as Queen Procrastinator...I might not ever get around to it.

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    Great!!

    I think it's an excellent idea....

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    YAY for COTH shirts!!! I might even embroider my screen name on it since I will only wear it around places where there might be other COTH'ers. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...on_biggrin.gif

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    Thanks for working with us on this Erin (and COTH)!!

    I know that I appreciate having the BB. Hmmmm... now to think of something I need to sell... $50 hoofpick anyone?? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c.../icon_wink.gif



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    Great ideas! I can't wait to order a polo shirt!

    But Erin- what happened to the COTH thongs we were discussing? http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/lol.gif



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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Erin:
    Oh yeah, almost forgot... I just turned on our cool new member levels. Different titles for different numbers of posts... not just "New Member" and "Member."

    http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...on_biggrin.gif<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    AAAHHH, I hate it! Why the need to differentiate?

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    First Question - how about ball caps as merchandise
    and ...
    Second question - how will we pay for the membership? I LOVE the idea about the classifieds!! I have several things that are in the Under $1,000 range.

    Way to Go Erin - great job!

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    That sound pretty reasonable to me, but of course the business side of me wants to know will there be any permanent reference to the onlide ad site in the print media. Ya know, sort of like a *gasp* banner running along the bottom page in the classified section. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c.../icon_wink.gif

    And any thoughts on expanding the horse print ads to include an online (with picture) version?

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    Hats and other stuff might be available later. Right now, though, I think it's just the shirts.

    The memberships and classifieds will all be paid for via PayPal, in most cases. There might be another backup payment method for those who can't/don't use PayPal... not sure about that yet. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif



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    Great! Pay-for-pix is fine with me, I'm excited about the classified forum, but best of all is the new member classifications! http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/lol.gif How many are there?



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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Erin:
    OK folks, settle in, lots of news to report. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif

    First, the very exciting news that I think a LOT of you will be very happy about... soon, there will be COTH POLO SHIRTS available! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...on_biggrin.gif

    .........Right now, the target date to start the pay-to-post-pix plan is April 15. The cost for a year-long premium membership will be $20. It will also include one free classified ad, a custom member title (like the ones we auctioned off for Aiden), and a discount on COTH merchandise (like the polo shirts... and there are other goodies coming http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif ).

    .....Please remember that hosting this forum is rather expensive for the Chronicle. What we're trying to do is to give you guys _optional_ ways to help support the forums financially. Rather than charge everyone a fee to post here, we'd rather offer some cool "extras" that are totally optional. This way, people can support the forums if they choose to, but they don't _have_ to.

    We hope you'll enjoy all the new cool stuff! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    First - RB deserves lots of thanks (along with Erin and all the fab. moderators)

    Second - polos - yeahhhhhhh - please ask that they have them available in white also (then we can wear them to shows)

    Third - never had a need to post a pic. but will be signing up for prem. membership as thanks for all the COTH has provided to us (oh gee, gotta think of a member title now)

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