Dear IL’ites, Effective Today, we are making private messages as a paid feature in Indusladies.com. We gave advance notice 4-days ago so that you can finish off any current conversation that you might be having. Why are we making this change? As Indusladies.com grows, we are having several new ideas to grow the site and provide additional member benefits. However, we are currently limited by the resources we have. We hope that paid private messages provides us with some income that we can reinvest to grow the site. ------------------ What are the investments that we are talking about? Lots of new stuff that we can work on - Downloadable ebooks, Video section, Social Media presence, Facebook/Orkut Widgets etc. etc. The list is endless. The site is currently on a bumpless road to nowhere and that needs to change. ------------------ How much will PM cost? There are two levels of paid PM access. Basic and Advanced. Private Message Access - Basic Costs US $10 per year if paid online and Rs.500 if paid using cheque 100 message maximum storage Comes with 1 Free Gift Subscription Contact anyone who has private message access Private Message Access - Advanced Costs US $25 per year if paid online and Rs.1250 if paid using cheque 500 message maximum storage Comes with 3 Gift Subscriptions (see below) Free IL Cap (for a Limited Time) Contact anyone who has private message access ------------------ Why does each paid PM access comes with a Gift Subscription? If you buy paid PM you will be able to gift a subscription for Free to another member of your choice. If your intent of buying PM access is to contact a specific individual, this would enable you to do so. After getting paid PM access, send a private message to "IL_Admin" informing the username of the person to whom you want to gift the subscription. That way you both will be able to communicate. Basic Access comes with 1 Free Gift Subscription and Advanced PM Access comes with 3 Free gift subscriptions to PM. ------------------ I already have PM access, but I would like to gift a subscription to another IL’ite. How can I do that? You can buy gift subscriptions on a standalone basis. For $10, you can buy 2 gift subscriptions. You can gift one subscription and let the recipient decide on the 2nd one or you can gift them to 2 separate members. Once you complete the payment process, private message "Laxmi" with your intended recipients and they will be setup with PM access. ------------------ How can I pay? There are two ways for you to pay - online using a credit card or mailing in a cheque. To pay using a credit card, go to Paid Subscriptions. Step by Step picture instructions are given in the next post. Even though Paypal is our payment gateway, you don't need a paypal account. You just need a credit card. Once the payment process is complete, you will automatically given access to the private message system. To pay using a cheque, send an email to email@example.com with "Paid PM Access" in the subject line. We will provide the name and address to which you need to mail a cheque. Once the cheque is encashed, we will turn on private message access. ------------------ Can I exchange contact information in posts/threads? Unfortunately, No. All contact information should be communicated only through private messages. If a member exchanges any contact information in public(in forums / in profile page), the member will be given infraction and will be unable to participate in the site for 3 months. We want to ensure that the integrity of the paid private message system is protected. ------------------ I am closing this thread so that we can keep it exclusive to make updates to the paid Private Message system. You can provide your suggestions for improvement of the paid PM system in our existing thread here. Thank you. *Update* - Based on the feedback about the paid PM system, we have implemented some improvements to it. Please see this thread on the improvements to Paid Private Message system.