DP Free Feature Weekend - The Future of the DPSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Fri, 07/27/2012 - 20:09
If you're logged in to the Daily Paul, you'll notice some changes. We're doing some beta testing of Premium Subscriber features, and we'd like to share them with you and get your feedback and support.
The way you are seeing the site is the way a select number of Premium Subscribers see the site. The primary benefit is no ads. Not only do you see a less cluttered site, but the site loads much faster as well. This is the basic feature for voluntary subscribers at $5 per month. Additionally, $5 monthly subscribers have their customized picture show up in comments, letting everyone know they are a supporter of the DP - someone who puts his or her money where their mouth is.
See the full feature list here
- Customize your front page. See only the stories you want to see, from only the categories you are interested in, as soon as you log in. Or, choose see the front page as non-members see it.
- Customize the active forum topics list to exclude categories that don't interest you!
- Block users from your experience! Tired of seeing posts and comments by annoying trolls? Block them! You won't see their forum topics or comments.
- Get access to the Premium User's Only Forum. Hobnob with the elites of the DP community.
In addition to enjoying these features, you'll help to keep this site online.
The DP Floats On
Since our peak in January, the DP has lost traffic, and lost subscribers. In spite of what some say, this is not beause of the infiltration of the "Gary Johnson Trolls." In truth, of all the dedicated Ron Paul sites, the DP has held up the best. Look at how the DP compares to the Ron Paul Forums:
Traffic to the Ron Paul Forums has crashed, while the DP has, for the time being, found support. The same is true for the official campaign site, RonPaul2012.com.
This is because the DP is, and has always been about more than just one man. It is about Freedom and the search for Truth. Ron Paul has, on a number of occasions, famously said, "Thank you for inviting me to your revolution." The DP does not exist to limit you. It exists to empower you. It does not exist to silence your voice. It exists to amplify it.
The "mainstream" media reads the Daily Paul. The DP has been featured on Rachel Maddow, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, Mother Jones, and more, and we help shape the conversation. In fact, we are are a force in the conversation.
It is famously difficult to make money on the internet. Just ask Yahoo! Or Microsoft. Both are Fortune 100 companies that have struggled to make money on the internet. The New York Times lost money last quarter.
It is no different for the Daily Paul. I am not here to "make money" from this site. That was never my intention with the Daily Paul. AT this point I just want to keep it going.
This site, launched on January 19, 2007, was the first dedicated Ron Paul booster sites on the net. It helped propel Dr. Paul's popularity, and its first mover status is one of the reasons why the DP is the biggest Ron Paul booster site on the net. But it is certainly not the only reason.
The real reason has to do with you. Your dedication. Your commitment. Your excitement, and your enthusiasm. Without you, the DP would not exist.
But it is also because of me. My experience in the art of webmastering, my dedication and commitment to keep this project going, against all odds. Against all the frustrations, the lawsuits, the hosting headaches, the spammers, the trolls, and the haters. It is me, and the incredible team that I have assembled, that keeps the site balanced and running.
The DP is here for you. The question is, will you be there for the Daily Paul?
I do not particularly like begging for money. In fact, I hate it. Further, I do not like asking for something in exchange for nothing. But I hope that I have demonstrated that the DP is here for a greater cause. And I hope that as a premium subscriber, you will get something of equal value in return for your money.
Keeping this site online is, and has been a struggle for the past five years. The struggle has been worth it because we have been committed to electing Ron Paul as President of the United States. What happens beyond that? Can the DP continue on?
Please donate or subscribe, and leave your feedback on what the new DP should be.
The DP is a tremendous resource for the Liberty community. I am a keeper of that resource. But in order to do my job, I need your help.
Thank you DP community. You are the best!