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September 30, 2011

Nikonians stands by its members in these difficult economic times has decided to further enhance its membership policy making it possible for members to extend the free Basic membership term from the current limited one to an indefinite period of time.
To keep the free Basic membership active, all a member needs to do is to stay active by posting in the forums, uploading images at the Galleries and adding friends to his or her profile.

This new, enhanced Basic membership will be provided starting October 1st, 2011
In other words, those members who cannot afford to be Silver, Gold or Platinum can remain members for free, indefinitely, in exchange for interactive activity. New members who can afford it are encouraged to upgrade to Silver or a higher level as soon as they are convinced of the value of the Nikonians community experience (forums, workshops, podcasts, eZine, pro shop, galleries, contests, membership rewards and more).

Membership-Shields_300.jpgSilver, Gold and Platinum members will be further rewarded for their support. Nikonians is adding features which will be for free to them, for example, an app to download and read The Nikonian eZine and the Resources articles on an iPad and possibly other devices later, and a Premium Content Section with the most recent and interesting articles. It is planned to provide this new articles section to paying members before year-end.

In addition to the above, Nikonians is preparing a Showcase Gallery with the best images posted in the forums in a given period and to provide a recognition insignia added to the Silver, Gold and Platinum membership postings, also available before the year ends.
The Nikonians community is also facing the economic challenges by launching the Joy of Photography Program, bringing camera equipment to mid-school kids who cannot afford it, with the help of our membership.

Here's how it works:

At the Basic membership level, a member can collect days for as long as wanted. There is no limit to the days earned using the activity reward system.

The activity reward system works as follows:
A post in any forum adds 4 calendar days to the initial 25 free days term
Uploading of images to the Galleries, addition of friends to the profile, making an introduction at the New Members forum and other activities will also all add days, as will be communicated in the welcoming email.

Silver, Gold and Platinum members do not need to collect days. Their financial contribution will be further rewarded with added features/services.
If a paying membership is lost, because it is not renewed in due time, it is set to Basic with a valid period of an additional 25 days to give the member more time to renew, taking into account trips, holidays and the like.

Once a Basic membership is lost because of deactivation, it must be reactivated to at least Silver or create a new free Basic account.

Posted by flashdeadline at September 30, 2011 7:46 PM