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Subject: Another previous member heard from
Date Posted: 2/29/2016 4:24 PM ET
Member Since: 5/3/2008
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I just received an e-mail from Donna over at goodreads and she wanted me to share with you all:

Goodreads | Message from Donna

I don't have a PBS membership so I can't respond from there. I'm so happy that Valli is ok. How is Cheryl doing? She was going thru breast cancer the same time I was. Tell the HF gang I said hello, I just can't post.


We have GOT to get this group together again!

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Date Posted: 2/29/2016 5:08 PM ET
Member Since: 4/23/2008
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Jeanne, thanks for all your detective work!  So, unless someone pays the $20/year for the standard membership, they can't post here. I told you via PM, but I'll make it public - I think the $20 is worth it.  Even though I haven't been overly active here for a few years, I've paid that membership fee two years in a row.  I think it's worth it. I use PBS to swap books, read reviews, look for books, and read and/or participate in the forums. I have also enjoyed the games, swaps, the HF challenges and our Secret Santa gift-alongs in the past (and am hoping to get active with those things again).  I signed up for Goodreads, but I just didn't ever take the time to really learn that platform, and it just never felt like"home."  In any event, I hope some of prodigal members return!  Please let them all know we would all welcome them back! 


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Date Posted: 2/29/2016 5:31 PM ET
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Shelley- Actually limited memberships are qualified to post in forums too and that's just 12.00. I think though that several of our members took umbrage at the way PBS handled the whole thing. I personally think ( and I believe several of the members who left agree) that it was rather petty not to let a la carte members post in the forums. I have had such a blast at PBS over the years that I didn't want to let it go. Somehow though, things changed anyway. Our forum has definitely wound down and I'm hoping that some of our original group return so we can pick up where we left off!

Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 3/1/2016 5:50 AM ET
Member Since: 10/10/2008
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I paid the twenty dollars last year. This year, I posted a ton of books and when I got enough credits, I traded them for a membership. If anyone is interested in doing that, there is a thread in the Book Bazaar. Either way, I paid for it (shipping vs direct payment). To me the membership is worth it so I dont have to pay for each transaction and it allows me to stay in the games/forums. 

$20 isnt a lot, but if you are on a really tight budget, its about priorities. However, like Jeanne said a lot of people left on principle. 

Its great to "see" everyone again. 

Date Posted: 3/1/2016 11:59 PM ET
Member Since: 5/27/2005
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I completely second Shelley's comments! Even when the forum isn't real active, even if Linda & I aren't on here very frequently, for any number of reasons, having PBS available to us is worth the annual membership dues. 

True story: Linda's brother (my Uncle Donald) recently visited and we started talking about books. (Uncle Don also loves to read as well, and interestingly enough, a lot of what he reads is HF.) He was talking about how wonderful his library is (Albuquerque) and how he can get any book he wants from the library via their resources, i.e., ILL; and that our way of mailing books to people across the country is expensive, what with postage, etc., etc. 

The conversation went on for a few minutes, then Linda flatly shut her brother down: "Donald, Kelly & I consider this our hobby and we enjoy it. We don't pay country club dues and we don't pay greens fees." :)

And, Uncle Don readily admitted that he, in fact, routinely pays "through the nose" for country club dues and greens fees.

Conversation over.

I agree that PBS was a bit heavy-handed in their roll-out, but in the grand scheme of things, it's all about what is important and what is not.