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The Patreon Forum hardly ever gets used. It's not an incentive for me. Maybe that will change as more people become supporters and want to use that forum.
Having ads removed for me isn't an incentive because the ads were few and not intrusive at all anyway.
I don't get special treatment from the mods. It's not an incentive for me.
I don't really care about the Supporter bar in my avatar box. That's not an incentive for me.
I get a little earlier access to some reviews but that's not really an incentive for me.
What I do get by being a Supporter, and why I started it back in March, is that I get satisfaction from knowing that I'm doing my part to support my favorite tech site.
For members saying that we support this site to be put in a special class separated from the rest is a bit insulting tbh. It's akin to my fellow gamers on a gaming site that I visit calling me a sellout because I buy my games and I don't just pirate them.
 

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The Patreon Forum hardly ever gets used. It's not an incentive for me. Maybe that will change as more people become supporters and want to use that forum.
Having ads removed for me isn't an incentive because the ads were few and not intrusive at all anyway.
I don't get special treatment from the mods. It's not an incentive for me.
I don't really care about the Supporter bar in my avatar box. That's not an incentive for me.
I get a little earlier access to some reviews but that's not really an incentive for me.
What I do get by being a Supporter, and why I started it back in March, is that I get satisfaction from knowing that I'm doing my part to support my favorite tech site.
For members saying that we support this site to be put in a special class separated from the rest is a bit insulting tbh. It's akin to my fellow gamers on a gaming site that I visit calling me a sellout because I buy my games and I don't just pirate them.
You nailed it! The only reason I became a patron was to give support to the site. No special treatement is received and I wasn’t even aware I had any real incentives other than being able to read reviews as one single page.

Support is all the reward I get or want. It’s the same reason I patron a very talented up and coming music artist on youtube.
 
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In any case, I have a few more social experiments to run and I'll make up my mind.

I would sign up in an instant if we could get feature to whitelist members who are allowed to comment on YOUR posts. That way you don't have to sift through 90% of dangerous advice to find the useful 10%.

It's perfectly legal.

Perfectly legal doesn't address moral issues that people have. Consider abortion. Perfectly legal. However, massive variation in moral view points.

Actually, OEM copies of Windows can and are sold without hardware. The catch is it can not be REsold(ownership transfer) without hardware.

But I digress as we're steering away from the topic..

Sounds like what key reseller sites do...
 
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I think I'm in soon!
I Love TPU. I would love some merchandising too.
 
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I have to agree with this, TPU TShirts would be excellent!
Yes! we had some great graphic designers in the forums, where are they?

I would like TPU logo in a plush. We have to choose a TPU mascot
 
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I was thinking, TPU should offer TShirts on the main site page. I would get a few.
 
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I like the idea. Any volunteers to take over such a project?
Oh, that's a good point, TPU would need someone to take the responsibility to set it all up...
 

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Oh, that's a good point, TPU would need someone to take the responsibility to set it all up...
We did have some Merch in the past with TheMailman having done designs and stuff but hes properly employeed these days and no longer trolls the forums.
 
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For giggles looked up costs from a site I recently used.
@W1zzard I "borrowed" the TPU site logo only to create an example. Hope you don't mind.
TPU TShirt Front.jpg
Front

TPU TShirt Back.jpg
Back

TPU TShirt Costs Front only - 500 Shirts.jpg
Cost for Front or Back only.

TPU TShirt Costs - 500 Shirts.jpg
Cost for print on Front and Back.

This is of course just an example.
 
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My office key is tied to my Microsoft account. If Microsoft didn't like the key I'm sure they would have deactivated it by now

Try telling them.

These keys are legit, as Microsoft sells more affordable software keys in certain regions,

Which is why buying them in your region is decidedly not legit.

We did have some Merch in the past with TheMailman having done designs and stuff but hes properly employeed these days and no longer trolls the forums.

How... unexpected. And boring. Seems the man gets to us all eventually.

Surprise Sucka! LOL!


I had to look that up. I didn't realize just how popular TPU is. That's very cool! Not surprising really, just didn't know.

Darn. I wonder if Alexa knows how much we despise her...
 
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very nice idea, Its optional and anyone who want support can took part.
 
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For giggles looked up costs from a site I recently used.
@W1zzard I "borrowed" the TPU site logo only to create an example. Hope you don't mind.
This is of course just an example.

Wow, do they really have an embroided option? that's even cooler!
 
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I have to agree with this, TPU TShirts would be excellent!

YES! I'd get one.. or 2 even!

Size: Large
Shirt Color: Black

Thanks! I'll be by later to pick it up.. :lovetpu:
 
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Over the years I must have signed up to hundreds of forums but only ever return to a handful. TPU is one of those, mainly for the wide-ranging and friendly forum but also for the news and articles, which, on the whole, are very well written.
I also write for another tech site, run my own forum and the biggest challenge is attracting members and readers, and keeping their attention. TPU succeeds in spades, in my opinion, so I'm only too happy to chip in for what is, after all, a free service.
 
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I think you should also have a mechanism in place for 1 time donations. Some people can't provide 4 dollars a month.
 

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sorry for being a Debby downer, but an ex employee told me what this site makes a month.. I'll give to a charity that actually needs it.

Love the site so don't get me wrong, but they isn't starving like some ppl :lovetpu:
 
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People who get salty with benchmark and GPU reviews are hilarious. If you don't understand how benchmark works and think those data useless, how about stop showing your ignorance?
The same goes for tier list, it is not useless just because you don't understand and refuse to learn.
hurr durr BeNcHmArK ArE UsElEsS!!!!111!1 MuH MiD-ReNgE GPU Is ThE BeSt BeCaUsE IT RuNs MeDiUm SeTtINg FiNe!!!111!!!1
Just stop.
 
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sorry for being a Debby downer, but an ex employee told me what this site makes a month.. I'll give to a charity that actually needs it.

Love the site so don't get me wrong, but they isn't starving like some ppl :lovetpu:
Everybody that is in business, especially self-employed small business owners like W1zzard “need” it. Running what is effectively a small business is a precarious endeavor. Anyone that has run a business is well aware of this.
 
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