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Big Bend National Park Q&A => From the Administrator... => Topic started by: Casa Grande on September 18, 2007, 03:17:13 PM

Title: Golden Eagle (formerly known as Premium Bender) Subscriptions
Post by: Casa Grande on September 18, 2007, 03:17:13 PM
Ok, Fellow Benders, Here it goes....

Some of you might have noticed some changes to your "status" on the board.  I have retroactivated users who have donated to BBC above $10 to become an active Golden Eagle.  For every $10 you have donated in the past, I have activated your subscription for one month effective immediately (please PM me if I have not activated your account).  For example, if you donated $30 in the past, then you have 3 months worth of ad free BBC ...but that isn't all  :eusa_dance:

Golden Eagles also now have access to the new Big Bend Portal.  Big Bend Portal is the next level of Big Bend Chat.  The portal will allow you to create your own blog, create your own image gallery, upload photos to a public gallery, send eCards to your loved ones using the public images found in the gallery, and much more coming.  You can check it out here: http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal
As always, I am curious if you run into problems.  To the non-Golden Eagle users, you can see the new Portal site, but you won't be able to participate until you subscribe!  If you are a Premium Bender and are curious when your subscription runs out, go to your profile here:

http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/index.php?action=profile;sa=subscriptions

If you are not yet a subscriber, subscribe now to gain access to all that BBC has to offer at the link above.

Thanks again to you all for all you do.   I'd be talking to myself if it wasn't for all of you.

Sincerely,
Title: Re: Premium Bender Subscriptions
Post by: bdann on September 18, 2007, 03:33:22 PM
David, I can't seem to login to the portal site.  If I use the link in your message, it takes me there, but as a guest.  When I login, it just kicks me back to the forum.  Am I missing something really obvious?
Title: Re: Premium Bender Subscriptions
Post by: Casa Grande on September 18, 2007, 03:36:14 PM
David, I can't seem to login to the portal site.  If I use the link in your message, it takes me there, but as a guest.  When I login, it just kicks me back to the forum.  Am I missing something really obvious?
i had the same problem when I set it up....sign out of BBC, clear your browser cache and restart the browser.  Login to the portal and you should be good to go.  When you log into the portal, it may take you automatically back to the forum.  Let me know if this isn't working for you.

thanks,
Title: Re: Premium Bender Subscriptions
Post by: SHANEA on September 18, 2007, 05:26:14 PM
Chat?

Getting this error when I get into the chat area...
Title: Re: Premium Bender Subscriptions
Post by: Casa Grande on September 18, 2007, 05:49:57 PM
Chat?

Getting this error when I get into the chat area...

yeah, got it....working on it, thanks...but you should take a special interest in the Blog feature, Shane  :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Premium Bender Subscriptions
Post by: SHANEA on September 18, 2007, 06:08:37 PM
Chat?

Getting this error when I get into the chat area...

yeah, got it....working on it, thanks...but you should take a special interest in the Blog feature, Shane  :icon_cool:
Chat?

Getting this error when I get into the chat area...

yeah, got it....working on it, thanks...but you should take a special interest in the Blog feature, Shane  :icon_cool:

It's already posted...
Title: Re: Premium Bender Subscriptions
Post by: Skot Phrea on September 19, 2007, 01:44:09 AM
I wish that I had the Dinero for y'all . I even wonder if I will ever have any fun at "THE BORDER'' again after those super polite I.N.S. dudes and their ollfactory deficient canine treated me as if I was a criminal, It was a big laugh for the locals while they nervously fumbled for thier " GREENCARDS "  and then pulled me. Ha , Ha , Ha,  I just got back from Montana and now Backpacker Magazine loves me too :?
Title: Re: Premium Bender Subscriptions
Post by: bdann on September 19, 2007, 03:18:02 PM
I've gotta be missing something.  I did what you said, logged out of BBC, clear cache, close/reopen browser.  Go to http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/, login, then I'm taken to the forum.  So how do I get back to the portal page?   :eusa_wall:
Title: Re: Premium Bender Subscriptions
Post by: Casa Grande on September 19, 2007, 03:46:05 PM
I've gotta be missing something.  I did what you said, logged out of BBC, clear cache, close/reopen browser.  Go to http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/, login, then I'm taken to the forum.  So how do I get back to the portal page?   :eusa_wall:

just go back to http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/

eventually, i'll have a link at the top of BBC to take you there, otherwise, just go back to the same page
Title: Re: Premium Bender Subscriptions
Post by: Casa Grande on September 19, 2007, 05:56:44 PM
question for you premium folks with login issues.

Please answer the following questions as best as you can:

1. Have you cleared your browser's cache? cookies?<----(I think I forgot to mention this important part previously) :eusa_doh:
2. What browser are you using?
3. Did you restart the browser?
4. Did you log into the portal or the forum?
5. If you logged into the portal, did it take you back to the forum? or back to the portal?
6. If you logged into the forum, did it take you to the portal? or the forum?
7. If you logged into the portal, are you able to stay logged into the portal when you visit the forum?


Login issues are almost always a cookie problem.  Since I implemented the portal, I had to change the way the cookies work for the forum.  You should be able to visit the forum and portal and only login once.   You should not have to login twice. Further, you should stay logged into both the forum and the portal once you clear your cookies . This is also true for non-premium members. Eventhough you cannot participate in the blog, chat, etc., you should still be able to login to the portal just like everyone else.

I use firefox and I haven't had any login issues since I cleared my cache and cookies.  Here's what happens with me: I log into the portal and I stay on the portal (although, you may be redirected to the forum after login).  I can click on the forum link at the top and it takes me right to the forum, logged in, no problem.  When I log out of the forum, it takes me back to the portal page.

Does any of this make sense?  Anyway, if you have CLEARED YOUR CACHE AND COOKIES, and still have a problem staying logged into the portal and forum, please respond with the answers to the questions above.

I think that's all for now...sorry for the issues  :willynilly:

btw--you can access the portal also by going to www.bigbendportal.c om
Title: Re: Premium Bender Subscriptions
Post by: bdann on September 20, 2007, 09:26:59 AM
ok, tried everything (clear cache, cookies, etc) again - worked fine.   :beer_chug:
Title: Re: Premium Bender Subscriptions
Post by: Casa Grande on September 21, 2007, 08:00:39 AM
ok, tried everything (clear cache, cookies, etc) again - worked fine.   :beer_chug:

Very cool....

OK, FYI, I have changed the "Premium Bender" name to "Golden Eagle."  I think it is more appropriate...
Title: Re: chat feature
Post by: Casa Grande on September 21, 2007, 09:50:43 AM
ok, the chat feature is now online...if you have a sec and care to chat on the portal site....gimme a visit

 :cool:

http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/index.php?ind=chat

if you are into IRC chat technology at all and have an IRC chat client, like mIRC...the channel to visit is #bibechat

Title: Re: chat feature
Post by: jeffblaylock on September 21, 2007, 10:19:46 AM
ok, the chat feature is now online...if you have a sec and care to chat on the portal site....gimme a visit

 :cool:

http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/index.php?ind=chat

if you are into IRC chat technology at all and have an IRC chat client, like mIRC...the channel to visit is #bibechat



It said: "!Error! Sorry You are not authorized to access this Chatroom."  :eusa_doh:
Title: Re: chat feature
Post by: Casa Grande on September 21, 2007, 11:05:14 AM
ok, the chat feature is now online...if you have a sec and care to chat on the portal site....gimme a visit

 :cool:

http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/index.php?ind=chat

if you are into IRC chat technology at all and have an IRC chat client, like mIRC...the channel to visit is #bibechat



It said: "!Error! Sorry You are not authorized to access this Chatroom."  :eusa_doh:
weird, i just chatted with WL2 in the chat area.  Both of you have the same permissions.  Did the portal show you as signed in?
Title: Re: Golden Eagle (formerly known as Premium Bender) Subscriptions
Post by: STARLITDARKNESS3 on October 06, 2007, 12:01:50 AM
Thanks!!
Title: Re: Golden Eagle (formerly known as Premium Bender) Subscriptions
Post by: fartymarty on March 10, 2010, 02:04:17 PM
I counted 45 Golden Eagle    members today. Come on Benders, at less that 14 cents a day, can we make it to 50 or more by the end of March? :eusa_dance:

 
(Thanks for reading this shameless plug for my favorite website, you may now continue with your enjoyment of same. Don't let that little 14 cents of guilt stop you.)   :eusa_shifty:

 
Title: Re: Golden Eagle (formerly known as Premium Bender) Subscriptions
Post by: dkerr24 on March 10, 2010, 03:36:08 PM
I don't pay for any online subscriptions - except for this site.  I feel it deserves my support as the folks here are very helpful, even for advice on non-BIBE activities.
Title: Re: Golden Eagle (formerly known as Premium Bender) Subscriptions
Post by: fartymarty on March 27, 2010, 11:32:15 AM
Today I counted 47 Golden Eagle  members and I received a PM pledge to join so that means only 2 to go to reach 50 by the end of this month.

Not exactly a March Madness sign up frenzy :icon_rolleyes:, but an improvement none the less.

At less than $.14 per day it's quite a bargain.  :eusa_dance:

Title: Re: Golden Eagle (formerly known as Premium Bender) Subscriptions
Post by: fartymarty on April 01, 2010, 11:04:18 AM
Today I counted 48 Golden Eagles, so we didn't make it to 50.  :icon_cry:

I guess I won't be getting a second career as a fund raiser.

Thanks to the 3 that signed up! :eusa_clap:
Title: Re: Golden Eagle (formerly known as Premium Bender) Subscriptions
Post by: RichardM on April 01, 2010, 11:24:56 AM
I guess it doesn't help that the PayPal links haven't been working, but hopefully they will now...

Go to the middle of the Home (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/index.php) page to sign up.
Title: Re: Golden Eagle (formerly known as Premium Bender) Subscriptions
Post by: RichardM on May 18, 2010, 10:14:45 PM
For anyone who has subscribed in the past, login to your Paypal account to cancel the recurring payment option if you choose not to renew.

Quote from: Paypal's help pages
How do I cancel a recurring payment, subscription, or automatic billing agreement I have with a merchant?
  • Log in to your PayPal account.
  • Click Profile at the top of the page.
  • Click My Preapproved Payments in the Financial Information column.
  • Click View the Agreement next to the merchant agreement you want to cancel.
  • Click Cancel or Cancel automatic billing and follow the instructions.

And for anyone whose recurring payments are set to be sent to the old "Interactive Vistas" account, you may want to cancel the auto-payment and re-subscribe so the payment will go through correctly. Paypal and this board's software aren't playing nicely together, so Casa Grande or myself will still have to manually change your subscription settings. That will happen a little faster if the new subscription links are used.
Title: Re: Golden Eagle (formerly known as Premium Bender) Subscriptions
Post by: RichardM on May 21, 2010, 09:14:27 PM
For anyone who has gotten an email from Paypal or "Interactive Vistas/BigBendChat.com", that just means that the recurring payments have been cancelled within Paypal. The expiration date for Golden Eagle subscriptions are reset manually here on the board by the administrators, so the only change will be that your next payment won't happen unless you re-subscribe. Sorry for any confusion, but there was no way for us to modify existing payment schedules to switch from one Paypal account to another.
Title: Re: Golden Eagle (formerly known as Premium Bender) Subscriptions
Post by: dkerr24 on May 21, 2010, 09:16:24 PM
For anyone who has gotten an email from Paypal or "Interactive Vistas/BigBendChat.com", that just means that the recurring payments have been cancelled within Paypal. The expiration date for Golden Eagle subscriptions are reset manually here on the board by the administrators, so the only change will be that your next payment won't happen unless you re-subscribe. Sorry for any confusion, but there was no way for us to modify existing payment schedules to switch from one Paypal account to another.

Richard - thanks for the update... I got one of those e-mails and thought maybe I broke some cardinal rule and lost my site privileges!  :)
Title: Re: Golden Eagle (formerly known as Premium Bender) Subscriptions
Post by: RichardM on May 21, 2010, 10:12:14 PM
For anyone who has gotten an email from Paypal or "Interactive Vistas/BigBendChat.com", that just means that the recurring payments have been cancelled within Paypal. The expiration date for Golden Eagle subscriptions are reset manually here on the board by the administrators, so the only change will be that your next payment won't happen unless you re-subscribe. Sorry for any confusion, but there was no way for us to modify existing payment schedules to switch from one Paypal account to another.

Richard - thanks for the update... I got one of those e-mails and thought maybe I broke some cardinal rule and lost my site privileges! &nbsp;:)
And remember, if anyone has any questions or problems with subscribing, don't hesitate to contact me! A PM (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/index.php?action=pm;sa=send;u=29) works fine, as do emails to the address shown under my avatar. The contact link (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/index.php?action=contact) up on the menu bar at the top of the page will send a message to my home email account, so I don't get those until I get home and online.
Title: Re: Golden Eagle (formerly known as Premium Bender) Subscriptions
Post by: SHANEA on May 22, 2010, 11:01:27 AM
Done.
Renewed.
Set it and forget it.
Title: Re: Golden Eagle (formerly known as Premium Bender) Subscriptions
Post by: RichardM on July 22, 2010, 04:02:37 PM
A reminder: If you subscribe or renew and your Golden Eagle status isn't active yet, contact me via email (admin@bigbendchat.com or the one under my avatar picture) or PM (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/pm.html;sa=send;u=29). We have to manually update your status since Paypal still isn't playing nice with the board's software. :icon_rolleyes:

Also, if your Paypal account is using a different email address than the one listed in your BBC account profile (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/profile.html), you may want to contact me as well to let me know. I received notice of a subscription the other day, but the email address doesn't show up in our database so I have no idea who it is. Naturally I emailed them but emails don't always go through. So, if you recently signed up for a recurring annual subscription and your account hasn't been updated, just send me an email from the same account used by Paypal letting me know your BBC member name and I'll update your status. :)
Title: Re: Golden Eagle (formerly known as Premium Bender) Subscriptions
Post by: RichardM on August 12, 2010, 01:11:21 PM
A reminder: If you subscribe or renew and your Golden Eagle status isn't active yet, contact me via email (admin@bigbendchat.com or the one under my avatar picture) or PM (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=29). We have to manually update your status since Paypal still isn't playing nice with the board's software.

Also, if your Paypal account is using a different email address than the one listed in your BBC account profile (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/profile.html), you may want to contact me as well to let me know. I received notice of a subscription the other day, but the email address doesn't show up in our database so I have no idea who it is. Naturally I emailed them but emails don't always go through. So, if you recently signed up for a recurring annual subscription and your account hasn't been updated, just send me an email from the same account used by Paypal letting me know your BBC member name and I'll update your status. :)
Another reminder to please include your BigBendChat username, especially if your PayPal account uses a different email address than the one registered on BBC!
Title: Re: Golden Eagle (formerly known as Premium Bender) Subscriptions
Post by: RichardM on August 24, 2010, 01:40:26 PM
A reminder: If you subscribe or renew and your Golden Eagle status isn't active yet, contact me via email (admin@bigbendchat.com or the one under my avatar picture) or PM (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=29). We have to manually update your status since Paypal still isn't playing nice with the board's software.

Also, if your Paypal account is using a different email address than the one listed in your BBC account profile (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/profile.html), you may want to contact me as well to let me know. I received notice of a subscription the other day, but the email address doesn't show up in our database so I have no idea who it is. Naturally I emailed them but emails don't always go through. So, if you recently signed up for a recurring annual subscription and your account hasn't been updated, just send me an email from the same account used by Paypal letting me know your BBC member name and I'll update your status. :)
Another reminder to please include your BigBendChat username, especially if your PayPal account uses a different email address than the one registered on BBC!
We just had another member sign up whose email address isn't in our records. It could be that the board's software isn't sending the information correctly to Paypal, but until the mystery Golden Eagle to be contacts me, we'll never know!
Title: Re: Golden Eagle (formerly known as Premium Bender) Subscriptions
Post by: dprather on September 15, 2014, 06:53:47 PM
How much per month?
How much per year?
Title: Re: Golden Eagle (formerly known as Premium Bender) Subscriptions
Post by: RichardM on September 15, 2014, 09:38:10 PM
How much per month?
How much per year?
Per the home page (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/index.php), $50/year. $10/month.
Title: Re: Golden Eagle (formerly known as Premium Bender) Subscriptions
Post by: mule ears on September 16, 2014, 06:46:09 AM
How much per month?
How much per year?
Per the home page (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/index.php), $50/year. $10/month.

It is a great way to support Bend Bend Chat and no adds!  :13:
Title: Re: Golden Eagle (formerly known as Premium Bender) Subscriptions
Post by: The Scorpion on September 16, 2014, 10:27:40 AM
plus you get a sweet Golden Eagle icon under your name  :13:
Title: Re: Golden Eagle (formerly known as Premium Bender) Subscriptions
Post by: iCe on September 17, 2014, 09:35:06 PM
And you can quickly see when you aren't logged in  :great: