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  1. As Hazel noted yesterday, the evolution of the board has produced an anomaly. We have the Subscribers group, but there are no longer any subscriptions. One of the things I'm happiest about with the new situation is the fact we can pay our way each year on Amazon income alone. Money used to be a real problem for BGO, but so long as people use the Amazon links we're going to be just fine on that front and don't need to ask anyone for money. As a community, we're also not out to make profits, and I think that's a good thing. If we reach a point where having built up a contingency fund we have income above and beyond that level then we could spend it on prizes, etc. Even make charitable donations! But let's not get ahead of ourselves... The fact remains we have the Subscribers group, which no longer makes any sense. By default everyone can upload avatars now - we no longer need incentives (they can be a bit bigger now, BTW). But, I would like to see us offering things to members in the future. As the new board becomes established I want to see if we can set up a relationship with a publisher such as we used to have with Canongate, where subscribers were given free books in return for a review. From time to time we also had individual offers of books or even tickets and it would be great to carry that kind of bonus in the future. But I wouldn't be keen on having those kinds of benefits available for everyone, otherwise we become open to 'smash-and-grab' members who never contribute to the community but take advantage of it instead. I don't want to limit these things to Partners - that's too small a group and I'm very conscious that some people won't have helped out because it wouldn't have been easy for them financially. That's absolutely fine and I don't think it's fair to discriminate on those grounds. So, since money is no longer a differentiating factor it would come down to re-tasking the Subscribers group. Logically it would make sense to make this group for people who've reached a certain number of posts (though any existing subscribers who haven't reached that limit would still be in the group). To be honest, the system only allows automatic promotion to a new group through two routes - number of posts and length of time since joining. The latter doesn't seem appropriate. So, the questions are: How many posts should a member have to reach before joining this group? What should we call it? Over to you.
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