New Membership Packages
Following on from the acquisition of 3 new policing forums to the group we have reviewed the Membership Packages and decided that we are going to give them a re-vamp and make them consistent across the sites. With that in mind I am excited to introduce them to you.
First thing that needs to be said is that any and all existing members that have registered for the forum prior to the 9th January 2017 will see absolutely no change to their access on the sites whatsoever. They will still have access to everything they already do and will still be able to interact as they currently do. The only slight change to the existing members will be the group name which will be proceeded with "Resident" so "Resident Members", "Resident Power User" and so on. This change will only affect new members signing up to the forum from the 9th January 2017 onwards.
So the new groups will be as follows;
Same as now, non signed up visitors to the site and whilst they will be able to see an area exists they won't always be able to view the content of some of them. There will be no change to the access level of the guest membership group.
New Bronze Member
This will be the new group that members register on the forums as and remains the same as our current New Members group in that their first 5 posts will need to be approved. They will only have read access to force specific and recruitment areas so they will be able to view topics and the posts. After the first 5 are approved they will be moved to the Bronze Member Group. Whilst a New Member they will have the same user badge as Bronze Member.
This is a new group although it is pretty much the same as the current Members group, however, they will have read only access to the force specific and recruitment areas so they will be able to view topics and posts but not reply or create topics in these areas. Its essentially the same as New Bronze Member but without needing their posts to be approved. They will have the Bronze Member badge.
This is a current VIP equivalent membership and they will be able to access all areas and post freely in all of them. The membership plans available for silver membership will be £15 for one year of £36 for three years. They will have access to VIP areas as well as Force Specific and Recruitment with the ability to create and reply to threads in those areas. They will have the following badge.
These members will have the same access as a Lifetime VIP on here. They will pay only once and it lasts forever, it will cost £100. For the cost they will get the full access across the forum but they will get Gold Membership access across all four sites effectively making it just £25 for lifetime gold membership per forum, there is no lifetime membership on any individual forum it must be purchased as a Global Membership. They will have a Gold Membership badge on all four forums and will get sent an exclusive Gold Membership Police Community Mug.
The current Power User and Lifetime Power User will remain as is and will not be moved into a new group. Over time these groups will decline in size and membership. The only Power User's will be those who renew every year without fail and the renewal cost will remain at your current subscription price. We are not imposing changes on existing members, remember this is about new members signing up from the 9th January 2017. If your membership expires and you fail to renew within 30 days of the end of the membership period you will loose access to that membership group but will have to purchase Silver or Gold. It will no longer be possible to purchase a Lifetime Power User for a single site. They will retain the following badges. Power User membership will be closed to new purchases from the 9th January 2017.
We will be offering our existing Lifetime Power User's the opportunity to upgrade to Gold Membership for a 50% reduction off the price at £50.
There will also be a completely new level of membership called a Recruitment Pass - this will allow standard Bronze Member's to reply and create topics in both the Recruitment and Force Specific areas of the forum. It will not give them access to the VIP areas. The recruitment passes can be purchased for 1 month (£2.50) and 3 months (£6) which can be renewed. This recruitment pass will only be available to Bronze Members and their badge will change to the following if they have an active pass.
Our established Resident Members without any subscription prior to the go live date will have the following badge
The only change to them will be that Power User and Lifetime Power Users packages will be frozen as of the Go Live date and you will only be able to subscribe to Silver or Gold unless you have and maintain an active subscription prior to this date.
All Membership Packages will allow Ad Free browsing of the site and allow your ad blocker software to be active.