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Since taking over Shrimp Keepers Forum, I’ve made a lot of changes to make this a more open forum so that information is more accessible and available to everyone in the hobby. This has had an underlying positive change to the culture of the forum and opened us up to new platforms including Facebook and Twitter but did result in a large number of subscription members migrating back to regular members as they were not able to see the continued value in subscribing.

Why become a supporting member? Why pay the subscription?

To put simply, it still costs money to provide a free service to the hobby. We deal with software subscriptions, hosting costs, backup costs, additional storage costs, design costs, etc…. These are all those little things that happen in the background to bring you the SKF Aquatics experience.

Subscription costs start at AUD$11/year for the base level. So, what do I get for the money? Perhaps most importantly, the satisfaction of helping preserve, protect and build this knowledgebase of information for posterity. In a nutshell here's what it provides:

  • Larger PM quota
  • Access to view, post and reply in all the forums, both technical and social

  • Access to all the additional resources such as the real-time Chat

  • Ability to create Photo Albums, Blogs, and water parameter logs

  • Ability to view more information about other members

  • Avoid seeing the Google Adsense ads that are injected into the site for all other visitors

A summary of the specific differences is included below:

Different Levels of SKF Membership Compared
  Guest New Member Member Premium Platinum Diamond
Google Ads
SKF Sponsored Ads  
Wait between searches 30 secs 20 secs 10 secs 5 secs 3 secs 1 sec
Signatures            
Max images 1 5 10 unlimted
Max size of image 50px unlimted unlimted unlimted
Max links 0 2 5 unlimted
Max lines 2 5 10 unlimted
Profile Information            
Max photo file size 50KB 50KB 100KB 100KB 200KB
Photo dimension 150px 150px 200px 200px 250px
Allowed Animated Avatar
Messages (PMs)            
Daily PM limit 2 10 unlimted unlimted unlimted
PM qouta 5 20 250 500 1000
Max PM recipients 1 1 2 3 3
Add attachments in PM
Uploads            
Can add attachments to posts
Total attachment qouta 1MB 10MB unlimted unlimted unlimted
Polls            
Can create a poll
Can vote in poll
Moderation            
Post requires approval n/a n/a n/a
Approval requirement removed after 1 post 1 post n/a n/a n/a
Gallery            
Max personal albums 0 5 15 15 20
Can upload movies
Can customise copyright text from username
Trader Feedback            
Can add feedback
Blogs            
Max personal blogs 2 10 15 20
Comment on blogs
Chat            
Access to chatroom
Private chats
Themes            
Access to general forum themes
Access to premium themes
Classifieds            
Can post wanted adverts  
Can post sale adverts  
Access freebies/giveaways
Cost (per year) Free Free Free ?? AUD$11 ?? AUD$22 ?? AUD$33

Becoming a subscription member not only provides you with additional features but helps to contribute to the ongoing running and enhancements of our community. I hope the table above helps to clear up any confusion around what each level of membership represents.

Edited by NoGi
Updated for 2017
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Updated membership table for 2017

The 10% increase is due to the ATO wanting me to charge GST now.

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