MeFi pro? November 3, 2002 11:38 AM   Subscribe

Is mefi pro still coming?
posted by djacobs to Feature Requests at 11:38 AM (9 comments total)

Not anytime soon
posted by riffola at 11:47 AM on November 3, 2002

What is/was MeFi Pro? I tried a search but couldn't find much.

And you know what would also be great? A place to put up your old concert ticketstubs.

Just kidding, please don't hurt me.
posted by Stan Chin at 11:49 AM on November 3, 2002

About a year and a half ago, Matt spilled some beans:

I've been thinking about and planning a subscription system for the past few weeks. It's going to be a set of power user tools (personal stash of threads you want to save for later and review, show/hide thread functionality on the index page, good/bad user lists to hide or highlight other posters, enhanced security, etc.) for a small montly fee. It's basically a suite of database- and processor-intensive tools that power users would love and have wished for in the past.

I wish I could make the billing automatic monthly, but it's looking like paypal with some monthly nag emails or multi-monthly payment upfront will be the method of payment. It will be no more than $5 a month, and I doubt if it appeals to more than 50-100 people at the start, but I suppose if I could get 1,000 people subscribed, I wouldn't need to even have a job.
And so vaporware was born.
posted by gleuschk at 11:53 AM on November 3, 2002

For the record I am pro-MeFi Pro.
posted by riffola at 12:10 PM on November 3, 2002

At the time I proposed it, there was a lot of pressure on me to make new features, but also to make some money (post dot-com meltdown, etc). Part of what dragged it down was not having a new server in place yet to handle the extra load, and paypal didn't offer their instant payment thing yet. Also the more I thought about it, the more I realized I didn't want to make it my full time job to program features and maintain this site's application code. I do a little of that now, but time for other things like writing/editing books and keeping down a full time job. I thought I was ready to devote myself to the site full-time back then, but I didn't want to get in the position where I was spending every waking moment doing tech support on this site, and not making enough to get by.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 12:21 PM on November 3, 2002

Will Mefi IRC ever return???
posted by ParisParamus at 5:45 PM on November 3, 2002

Me, I miss MetaFilter rendered as static - those were the days! ;)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 5:52 PM on November 3, 2002

MetaFilter rendered as static

Nothing like some good ol' white noise....

posted by alterego at 6:22 PM on November 3, 2002

Speaking of vaporware, wasn't there a feature about to be unleashed just a couple months ago?
posted by sudama at 10:05 PM on November 3, 2002

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