Over the coming months, we're going to be asking for your support a bit more than we have in the past.
Recently a set of emails have gone out to our premium users. Many of you that are active have been used to being automatically made a premium member. Being an active member of the community, good submissions, achievements, etc.
We had 290 premium users. With about 10 paying. And honestly, that has always been fine. I prefer things that way.
But the advertising industry has not recovered since covid hit. You all know about the current economic situation. All of our server costs are going up in December. For previously leased servers. I haven't seen this happen ever before.
To keep Alpha Coders healthy, it makes sense to put more effort towards contributions from the community. Premium is one of the main ways we currently have to do that, and it doesn't work very well when everyone that really likes the site automatically gets it🙂
Regardless of whether you can contribute via premium or not, we really do appreciate you using the site. It's not something everyone can manage, but we are extremely grateful to those who can and choose to.
There will be a few other premium only features/non premium restrictions coming, but we'll get to those as they launch. The main goal is to add value instead of subtract, and non-premium restrictions will only show up when it has a direct material impact on us (meaning, costing significant server resources)