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You'll likely have seen that there will be a paywall incoming and that may worry you, but fear not. There is going to be a membership tied to our website, but you'll still have access to a large portion of our features. We will however be offering certain features and sections to those who decide to financially support the development of the network. Without that funding, this is an unsustainable model of business and won't last long. This has been entirely funded out of pocket up to this point and there's always a limit to that, especially with the kind of expansion we want to work towards.What You'll Have Access to: FreeSocial Profile: As a free member, you'll be able to use all of the social features except for private messaging. For now (as of early release) this will be available, but it will be restricted as the membership system is implemented. This is key: We will not be censoring you. This might not really have the same affect as being censored on facebook seeing as the demographic seeing your posts here are likely going to be vegan, but still... The censoring of vegans is becoming so blatantly obvious on the major social media platforms and it only seems to continue. You will not be censored on Vegan Know How so long as you don't break the small set of rules.Forums: You'll have access to a large portion of the forums and can join in the discussion and create discussion. Due to anyone being able to sign up for an account, you may come across certain content that wouldn't be allowed, which will be moderated as soon as we have time, but depending on how many people are signing up vs how many people we have available to moderate, this may be more or less of a problem.Our Network: You'll have access to view all of our news and other articles on the front page of vegan know how. You'll also have access to view the learn page which is our resource for all things vegan. Once the rest of our network is rolled out, you'll also have access to certain portions of those also.What You'll Have Access to: PaidSocial Profile: As above, but you'll have access to private messaging and future features as soon as they become available, first.Forums: You'll have access to all of the forum sections which will provide benefits due to the topics of discussion you are able to post in each of the sections (Trying not to make it too obvious yet). Unlike the free forum sections which will be more challenging to moderate, the paid sections will generally not have this problem and instead be of much higher quality.Our Network: You will have access to the entire network and will receive prior access to the other parts of our network weeks or potentially months before the free accounts.Points: This will make more sense if you read this post. As a paid member you'll receive various point rewards that won't be available to you otherwise. This will include shop points and event points. Each month you'll receive points as a thank you for supporting us. The event points can be (as explained in the article) used as a payment to other members of the community in exchange for all sorts of things. For example, you could request a piece of artwork, video editing, recipe creation or other similar things from other members of the community and pay them with event points. They would then have those points to do the same thing. We think this will encourage collaboration and will simply be a way you can expand the set of skills which you have at your disposal. More on the points for paid members in this post.Secret Content: Creating good content takes time and commitment and often money, if you filter in the time taken, price of equipment used to make content and other prices. For paid members you will see access to content otherwise unavailable to free memberships. This will include our podcast which is in the works, along with other content like articles, guides, courses etc. In the forum section for paid members, you'll see relevant sections to post what you'd like to see and what you'd like to know about, which we will do our best to answer with content.More to Come: As already mentioned in other places across the platform. There's so much left to be done and so many projects that have yet to be started, but they will come. It's also been interesting hearing from people about things that need to be created, some which are ridiculous and gave us a laugh, some which we are actually looking into. You'll be first in line to know about anything in the works and be a voice to aid in the direction of it's development.Why are we introducing a paywall?Simply put, growth. For us to grow in both size and quality, we need funding, that's where you come in. If you support what we're trying to do, you can sign up to a membership, either monthly or annually.Growth: If we want to actually make any impact in the world, which is a main goal of ours, we need to grow to a position where the network is accessible to anyone and that has content which all sorts of people want to consume. When problems arise, they can get fixed quickly, and when any topic needs to be covered, there will be someone who knows what they're talking about to cover it. As the platform continues to grow there are all sorts of tools that need managing and perfecting, each of these requiring a hell of a lot of work. We hope that you'll join us as we improve our platform and grow into something we can all be proud to be a part of.Moderation: With any movement it will attract negativity, no matter how positive the movement. Veganism is no exception to the rule and exemplifies that fact. When it comes to moderating and removing those who would bring negativity to the platform, whether through mocking or being aggressive can be manually moderated to an extent, there's still ways the negativity can seep through. Those who are removed will be removed and blacklisted by their IP to stop them continuing to misuse our platform, but before they are caught it doesn't stop them from doing damage and attacking members of the community. Applying a paywall creates a barrier between them and any serious content.9 months ago
Hello and welcome to the network.I'm aware that this won't be viewed by thousands of people, but for those of you who are reading this, welcome to Vegan Know How. It's been a long period of development running up to this point and I'm so excited to share with you what I've been working on. There is a lot more going on behind the scenes and things you can't see yet, but they will be released soon enough and hopefully this will be an extremely useful platform for anyone in the vegan community.I could talk for a long while about the platform I've created and the experience running up to the release, but I'll leave that for another time. What I wanted to talk about in this thread is what's planned for the next few months and possibly the future of Vegan Know How.Tomorrow (It's the evening of the 28th Feb right now) when I release, I will be holding registration for the next few days/weeks or however long it takes until I have 100-200 members on the website, depending on how long it takes. Once the cap has been reached, I will be cutting off new members for the mean time until I get feedback on bothand/p>I'm aware there will likely be mistakes here and there, pages not displaying as intended, broken links etc, but I've tried my best to make sure everything is working. This has been a one man band up till this point and the last 2 years or so have been late evenings, early mornings, stress, setbacks, tech problems and all sorts of things I've never dealt with before so I'm very proud to get to this point. With the help of the original 100-200 members, I hope to get the website even more polished than current and take on improvements.That's really all the next few weeks will be, testing and improving what's currently available and developing articles and content, nothing hugely groundbreaking.So with that all said, please, go use both websites and feed back to me your opinions on what's been said, how things have been presented visually, and the points I've made. Tell me if you think it's biased or unbiased in certain places, what you think I can do to improve what I've written or anything I've left out. Tell me how the page loads, is it quick? Is it slow? Is everything a bit cluttered? Should I do more articles on a certain topic, or less on another? Let me know on the feedback section.For those of you who actively participate in this, of course you will be rewarded for your assistance, currently through our points system. You can find out more about what this means Here. I hope that you make a contribution not for just your benefit, but for the future of the platform being a tool for all vegans to use (and non vegans who want to learn).I've mentioned this in various places, but in case it's still unclear, the purpose and future of the platform is as follows.Step 1 (Release): Provide a place where vegans, or those interested in veganism can create a social profile and connect with others of a similar mind set. To have a space where you won't be bombarded with negativity, or trolled and mocked for trying to do a good thing (This refers to the social part of the site). To create an active discussion board which is set up to improve our lives, and creating well informed active vegans, by encouraging discussion and building of a community (This refers to the forums). To create a complete resource of absolutely anything and everything you could ever want to know related to veganism (This refers to the learn page).Step 2 (Building Community and Content): The network was created purely because something like this doesn't exist, a platform built by vegans, for vegans. I saw so many people on facebook who when asking for advice and I'd give it, they would then say that they wished there was a place they could easily find out these answers without feeling stupid. Others saying that they wished there was a social network for vegans so they didn't have to keep joining niche vegan facebook groups to meet other vegans. Comments like these were inspiration that what I'm building is something that's wanted and needed. So as we grow as a community, I have tons of ideas to share, but it will largely be the voice of the community which decides the priorities and direction that we stick to. Until I have an idea of where exactly the direction of this platform needs to be headed, and a team to make it a reality, I will keep creating great content worthy of your time.Step 3 (Building The Team): I can't do this alone any more. There's so much I want to do with the platform but I have my limits. Veganism is growing so rapidly and we need platforms like this to exist to act as springboards for the vegan movement. I will rely on a team of volunteers/curators (See Here For Details) and paid staff members to rapidly grow the platform, which will be funded by the community. Don't get me wrong, largely this will be a free resource, but if I want any serious growth I need to have a paid staff team (which will bring me onto my next point). There will be certain things which are offered to those who have chosen to purchase a membership with Vegan Know How. This isn't mandatory of course, but it's an option for those of you who believe in what I'm trying to accomplish and want to support the growth of the platform. Find out more Here.Step 4 Employing Vegans: Separate to the staff team and the curators and volunteers, one of my big goals is to employ in whatever way possible, as many vegans as I can across the world. Another reason I created this platform is because I get a sinking feeling every time I think about having to serve animal products to people because of a job. Having to compromise on my moral values just to put a roof over my head. Thankfully, right now I don't have to do that, but for so many people this is just a reality they have to live with. A couple of years ago I had to smile while I asked customers if their beef steak which they left half wasted on their plate was to their liking. Then to run in fear from the customers who would always request me to make their barista coffee with real cows milk because I made it the best (I'm not going to make the coffee intentionally bad because I hate serving it, otherwise the milk gets wasted).I'd rather not get into the details of how I intend to employ as many vegans as possible, because if the platform doesn't take off and I can't make it work, then it's all for nothing. But in my mind, rapid growth of the vegan movement means giving vegans all over the world the freedom to open a vegan business in their local area. In Japan and China, veganism isn't huge, but I know for a fact there's hundreds or thousands of vegans living there. Currently they're under the radar, but if they were able to quit their job and work for themselves, suddenly a vegan business has now cropped up in a random part of Japan and China and it gets people talking. I want to facilitate the creation of vegan businesses all over the world and I've got all sorts of plans on how to make that a reality (if we get to that point).I hope that you'll join me on this journey and take an active role in helping me, and us, succeed.9 months ago
Our points system will make a little more sense as the platform officially launches. Currently, I can only tell you what they will be used for, so you can start stockpiling, but the facilities aren't in place yet to start spending them. As the platform grows however, having earned points through contributions to the website, you'll be able to reap the benefits.Regular Points + Event PointsThe difference between event points and regular points is simply in the ways you can earn both, however the spending of them is limited to the same purpose. The points will act as a currency between users on the website to pay for services. We want to encourage collaboration between each of us and while sure this can be done for free, it might not be viable for someone who is highly skilled as an artist or a sound engineer or a tiny house creator to be doing work for free.That's where the points come in. You can earn points by contributing to the platform and then use them as a payment for whatever it is you are in need of. Say you're creating a business but you have no skill in logo design, rather than going elsewhere, you can ask the community and offer up some points and if they want to take on the job, then the magic can happen. Then when they are in need of help they then have points to offer to draw in talent. We feel like sometimes even if your project is amazing, it can be difficult to get the ball rolling, so having some points can help you on your way.For now, this is the main purpose of the points and how we see them being used, but more ways to spend the points and earn the points will become available later on. Regular points can be earned by everyone, event points can only be earned by paid members. The reason they are named event points is because at various points through the year when an event is going on, like for example veganuary, or during the vegan rights march, or around Christmas time, you will be able to earn some points.For both regular and event points there will be competitions and giveaways of points that you can take part in at different times through the year, obviously being a paid member you'll have access to earn both sets of points.Curation and Shop PointsCuration and shop points also have some similarities in that you can use both curation or shop points to buy merchandise from the shop when it becomes available. However items will require a different amount of curation points to shop points to be able to purchase with, to avoid bankrupting us of course!Curation points can also be spent in the same way as event and regular points. You earn curation points by becoming a curator and developing great content for us, really simple. So while curation is a voluntary position, it does offer a benefit to you to become a curator.Here's where curation points and shop points differ. Each month we will be releasing products that can only be bought using shop points, the run will be limited and unobtainable afterwards. Anyone will be able to earn shop points but it will be in specific events. Paid members will have access to a larger number of these events though.Products that will be sold in the shop can range from apparel, stickers, accessories, tote bags all the way through to courses, access to podcasts, promotion space, and more.Currently, there are problems with the points system. The idea behind all of the above points will still exist, but they aren't separate, so when you view your balance, you won't be able to see how many of each point you have. The way you earn the points will remain the same. Shop points, will not be implemented until later.9 months ago