Subscriptions update and a question about future features

We're coming into the home stretch on our initial subscriptions push, and once more, I want to say thank you to those of you who have signed up. We truly appreciate your support, and we'll work to continue to be worthy of it.

Remember, the top 10 subscribers as of noon Central time tomorrow will get to choose from one of these three items:

  • Dinner with a TR editor. If you can make it to our location, you can can dine with either me (in Kansas City or perhaps San Francisco/Silicon Valley, since I visit there fairly often), Geoff and Cyril (in Vancouver) or Jordan (in New York City). We'll pick up the check.
  • An appearance on the TR podcast where you can talk tech with the panel for a segment.
  • An executive producer credit for one episode of the podcast.

Here's where the top 10 currently stands as I write:


We'll have to see if the standings change as we approach the deadline. I'm still hoping to treat somebody to some tasty KC barbecue.

On another note, I mentioned when I introduced this crazy scheme that we had a bunch of ideas about features we could add to the subscription perks in the future. We still have some work to do cleaning up bugs after the launch, including an annoying intermittent problem where folks aren't staying logged in all of the time. Those things will occupy our attention for a while, I suspect. But as long as you're willing to be patient with us when it comes to implementing these things, I'd like to talk a little bit about the possibilities for the future.

Here are a few of the ideas we've had on our scratchpad for quite a while as potential subscriber goodies. See what you think.

  • The option of gifting a Gold subscription to another person
  • Auto-entry of subscribers into any TR giveaways
  • Post filtering: subscribers can filter posts based on vote count or from certain users
  • Threaded view for comments discussions in mobile template
  • A leaderboards page showing top voted items over various time periods

Any of these sound particularly useful? Or do you have other things in mind that you'd like to see us attempt? Let us know in the comments below.

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