Entropia Planets is proud to offer all the info contained in the site for free and for everyone. There are however some features that are not needed for basic use of the site, which we would like to offer for a small fee to those who want to take advantage of them, or to those who want to support our continuing effort to keep the site up and running as a Premium Membership. Becoming a premium member is only USD 3.50 per month or USD 35.00 for a whole year (2 free months), and you would be helping us recoup a fraction of Entropia Planets' operating costs, as well as help us get more features available for you! All money collected from donations and subscriptions will go towards covering the costs for the server that houses the site, or licenses/development costs for additional functionality. Below you will see a list that compares the basic and premium membership Let's go over the options briefly to explain what they would gain you. 1. Keyword Alerts is an option we introduced recently. In short, keyword alerts enables you to configure custom alerts, which will ensure you will receive an E-mail whenever a keyword is encountered in a new post, or when a user posts that you defined an alert on. If you are particularly interested in news from a specific planet partner, you can thus be notified very quickly in case something new comes up. Here's a more detailed explanation about keyword alerts. 2. In the same thread as we explained Keyword Alerts in, we also introduced the additional markup avaiable for Premium Members. In short, Premium members show up with their name in green, and with a little star icon in front of their username, both in the online members list, as well as in threads. That's because we think you're a true star for supporting EntropiaPlanets.com. Example: 3. Registered users will have to wait 30 seconds inbetween individual posts, or they will be shown an error message prompting them to wait. Premium members will not have to deal with this limitation, and can post whenever they feel like it. 4. Another recent addition to the forum was the reputation system. Registered users can only hand out positive reputation, but Premium members will be able to also show their displeasure and subtract points. 5. Staying with reputation, regular users can hand out a maximum of 10 reputation points a day. Premium members have no such limit. (Be advised that in case of abuse of the system, we *will* taken action!). The reputation system will actually soon be replaced with something far more extensive offering even more possibilities (and fun!) to our subscribers (No worries, regular users will undoubtedly also get a kick out of the new system when it arrives, as they, too, will get additional abilities to play with). 6. Another feature we announced in the last few months is the ability to use bookmarks, and thus keep a list of useful links to forum threads and posts. As announced back then, this has now been turned into a Premium Member feature. If you want, feel free to read more information about bookmarks. 7. A brand new feature is the ability for Premium Members to see who viewed or read a thread they started. When we say brand new, we're not kidding. This feature was installed yesterday, as part of our forum maintenance, and we think it's actually pretty neat :) At the bottom of a thread, right above the breadcrumb there, a box will display the avatars of everyone who viewed a thread (while keeping privacy settings intact, so invisible members will not be visible there either). Here's a screenshot showing this new feature in action: 8. Regular users got an upgrade yesterday, and are now able to upload avatars up to 50 KB in size. Our Premium members will be able to go up to 200 KB. 9. Uploading attachments to Private Conversations also became a feature only available to Premium Members. Sorry about that. 10. Regular users have the ability to invite 1 other person when they start a Private Conversation. Premium members can invite up to 5 participants. 11. On the same front-page, you will notice there are a number of available modules. However, there's a few modules available that we left out, and perhaps you just want to see your information organized differently. Well, now you can. Under the Home tab, Premium members will now find the ability to customize their portal: Clicking that link will take you to an interactive new page where you can define your own preferred look for the EntropiaPlanets frontpage: 12. Whew. Still with us? It is now also possible for Premium Members to assist in the day-to-day running of Entropia Planets. Despite our best efforts, every now and then a spammer does come through, and ends up posting a bunch of threads, or perhaps someone ends up posting a highly inappropriate thread. Using Down-Votes, it is possible to have these kind of threads disappear into a specific staff-area, and thus hide them from the view of the general public. Premium members will see a new link at the upper-right of a thread called 'Down-vote thread'. If 5 such down-votes are recorded, the thread will automatically disappear. 13 - 16. Additional Private Messaging options added, including a bigger sized mailbox, the ability to create mailing groups, an auto-response message, and the ability to use Private Message prefixes. For more information about these abilities, please check the Messaging System announcement. 17. Premium members will be able to select whether they want to cease messages from selected forums show up in their "What's New" list. To do so, in your account menu, select preferences: In the preferences, you will see a list of available forums and sub-forums. By checking the box in front of a forum name, you will then stop seeing new items from that forum showing up in the list: This could be useful if you are not interested in seeing news from particular planets, or if there is a particular forum you are not interested in seeing. 18. Premium members will be able to replace the standard icons in front of thread titles with a custom image of their own choice when they create a new thread: The normal behavior will just display the author's avatar: When creating a new thread, a new option will be shown below the message editor (which is where you type your content), allowing you to either add a custom image by means of a URL, or alternatively, an image already embedded in the post. This only applies to images added by means of the image button in the editor (meaning the image will be inserted with an IMG tag, not attached images that then are "thumbnailed" or added by using the "Full image" buttons). We think this is be a cool way to bring more attention to your threads (the thumbnails also show up when users search for content), and might be a great way to enhance threads for buying or selling items, or for promoting services. 19. Premium members can edit their own thread titles after they create a thread. To do so, they can click to edit the post, and then using the "More Options" button from there. 20. Premium members can edit the thread prefixes they assigned to their own thread. To do so, they can click to edit the post, and then using the "More Options" button from there. 21. Premium members will be able to add a poll to a thread they already created. 22. Premium members can lock or unlock their own threads. This is the offering as we can supply it right at this moment, but we will be adding additional features and options for Premium Members as they become available. A few such features are already in the pipeline, and we hope to be able to release them to you soon :) Should you feel inclined to chip in, you can sign up as a premium member in your account menu, and then selecting "Account Upgrade": Thank you!