To quote someone from the off-topic section, "The Revolution will be Monetized!"
WHAT IT IS:
Many of our long-time users here know that we have been through a long road of increasing server costs that have come out of my pocket personally. I have not bothered anyone about money because I want to share as much information for free as we could to help our community grow. I always tried to find alternative ways to pay for our family of sites. Increased server costs and software licenses have made that difficult financially, but I think I have found a solution that if fair to everyone *and* will hopefully help ease my personal financial burden.
I never set up a donations link because I wanted to give people something back in appreciation for their support and I think that I have found a way to do that. What I have done is create a new member group called "Agents of the Revolution" that is a subscription based group. What this means is that you can only join this group by donating $25.00 towards binrev and all of our services each year as part of this subscription. It is important to immediately point out after that statement that THIS IS TOTALLY OPTIONAL! It will not impact any current members in any way whatsoever! All of the forums that we have currently are not going to change and are still under the same settings that they always have been. This new group is strictly on a voluntary basis.
So why would you want to join this group? Besides just the show of support, we tried to give you a lot of extra bonuses and capacity on the server. They are as follows..
WHAT YOU GET:
- More PM space (500!)
- Unlimited gallery space!
- Free blog space right here on binrev.com
- Access to 1 special private agents-only forum
- Advance previews of content (like articles, radio shows, videos, etc...)
- Exclusive and Advanced offers before public availability (discounts with affiliate sites, pre-purchase of binrev merchandise, etc...)
- More forum features to numerous to mention (no flood control on searches, ability to view offline board, change your forum name, etc...)
- Our appreciation for your support!
IMPORTANT NOTES and FAQ:
- Forum rules still apply! You MUST FOLLOW THE FORUMS RULES or you can still be warned and/or banned and your money WILL NOT be refunded!
- You can choose not to renew at any time if you are no longer interested.
- There is another separate group called "Senior Agents" who have access to this private forum as well. Membership to the senior agents group is by invite only for members who participate in project and content for the hacking community. YOU CANNOT BUY MEMBERSHIP TO THIS GROUP!
How do you subscribe to this group?
If you have decided that you like what you see and want to subscribe to this new group, you can do so by going into your "MY CONTROLS" section using the link located in the upper right hand corner of the forums. On the left hand side menu system you will see a section labeled "OPTIONS". Here you should click on "Purchase Paid Subscriptions" and you will see that there is only 1 subscription available. Select it and click the continue button which will take you to the PAYPAL payment gateway. At this time, we are only able to offer paypal as our payment gateway. New users will be presented with this option when they join the forums.
The payment and activation should be immediate assuming your paypal account works properly. If it does not, you can PM me with your information and I will look into it. When you come back to the forums, you should notice yourself in the member list for the new group.
I know that some of you will not agree with this and think that everything should be free, but please understand that it is getting more and more difficult to sustain these ongoing costs which I have covered personally for the past 5+ years. I have come out of my own pocket for literally tens of thousands of dollars during this time. I have resisted advertising on binrev.com and want to continue to do so. I thought that this was a fair compromise that still provides the same service but offers you something in return for your donation. Between this and the ads that we have put on our smaller sites (most of you probably didn't even notice these either) we hope that we will be able to cover our monthly costs long into the future.
Thank you for your support, whether financial or participation in the forums. I understand that not everyone can afford to do this, but we appreciate everyone none-the-less. I look forward to a long life for the Revolution!