A new system for comments

April 1st, 2010 at 5:47 am by David Farrar

Starting from next week, we’re going to have a new premium content system for comments on .

Readers will be able to access posts my me for free, as per normal. That will not change.

But if you wish to read or make a comment, there will be a small micro-charge, as a contribution towards the running costs of the blog.

The comments will be behind a premium content firewall, and there will be three levels of access:

  1. Bronze – Read only – $1/month
  2. Silver – Ability to make up to three comments a day – $2/month
  3. Gold – Ability to make up to 30 comments a day – $3/month

We’ll be using paypal primarily as the method of payment, as most people already have a paypal account. Credit cards will also be okay, but at this stage we can’t do automatic payment or direct debits.

The money from comments access will primarily be used to fund professional discussion board software that will allow easy moderation, tracking of all comments from an author, most popular comments highlighted and a few extra features you’ll see next week.

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61 Responses to “A new system for comments”

  1. Danyl Mclauchlan (1,065 comments) says:

    A bit discriminatory, surely? Your most prolific commentators don’t seem like people who have that kind of money.

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  2. excusesofpuppets (133 comments) says:

    …or is this just an April fools?

    Anyway, charge what you like. It’s your website after all! Anyone complains…tell them to get their own soapbox website!

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  3. dad4justice (7,725 comments) says:

    What a splendid idea. As we are talking money – how much does it cost to erase my demerit history as I scored a huge bundle of the folded stuff on a pokie machine called Kiwi Key Robber?

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  4. Inventory2 (10,088 comments) says:

    The lengths you go to to get rid of Phil!

    Very appropriate post for the day DPF :-)

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  5. Viking2 (11,125 comments) says:

    Well that’s all the lefties, socialists, greenies and most of the Nats gone.
    Farrars joined ACT at last.

    Starts monthly on the full moon.

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  6. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,787 comments) says:

    Very good, David. For once, I didn’t fall for it.

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  7. wreck1080 (3,722 comments) says:

    Ha, nice.

    But you’re talking to guy with short arms and long pockets.

    But seriously, you should reallly consider this – it would get rid of the dole bludgers.

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  8. Komata (1,105 comments) says:

    IF and only IF this is an ‘April Fool’s’ joke, everything will revert back to normalcy as at 1200 today (April Fool’s Day in New Zealand) otherwise the ‘Joke’ must traditionally rebound on the perpetrator. If however the ‘Joke’ actually isn’t and the ‘charge as you write’ stays in place, Mr Farrar will find that most contributors will have left and that he will be talking to a small coterie of ‘Friends’ who pay’ (no, don’t go there . . . )

    Roll on 1201 . . .

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  9. Dirty Rat (504 comments) says:

    Is this to pay for your upcoming nuptials DPF ?

    Congrats to you and your “partner”, I hope you have a happy life together now that its free of discrimination.

    Tax Cuts start today too.

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  10. MajorBloodnok (361 comments) says:

    Nice one for April 1.

    On a more serious note, I would like to see a microcharge for sending email (eg 2c per email). We are probably paying more than thtat already in ISP charges, for them to deal with the >90% of incoming email that is spam.

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  11. homepaddock (431 comments) says:

    You’re in good company – Google launched Gmail on April 1 and lots of people thought they were just kidding.

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  12. Bryce Edwards (248 comments) says:

    For another story in this tone, see the Otago Daily Times’ latest scoop about a new Dunedin City Council secret plan to build a giant cover to roof the Octagon:

    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/99991/ambitious-plan-roof-octagon

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  13. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    Ha ha – Nice one!

    Was that a deeply satirical comment that I’ve missed the alt.meaning of Danyl? ;)

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  14. capitald (72 comments) says:

    Hey David, good work, didn’t fall for it, but this one was good. Incidentially, I think it might just be a good idea!

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  15. Pete George (22,733 comments) says:

    It would never work, you need a few capitalists to fund the infrastructure, but otherwise communism rules on the ‘net, where everyone likes to think they share ownership of all information.

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  16. toad (3,668 comments) says:

    Catherine Delahunty beat you to it DPF. She published an April 1 post at 1:17am.

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  17. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    Catherine Who?

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  18. Ed Snack (1,733 comments) says:

    April 1 !

    Are you becoming too predictable David ?

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  19. Put it away (2,888 comments) says:

    You could really make it April Phool’s day by announcing you’ll start charging $1 per full stop.

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  20. Jack5 (4,568 comments) says:

    Nice April 1 post DPF!

    As for Danyl McLauchlan’s 6.05am post:

    A bit discriminatory, surely? Your most prolific commentators don’t seem like people who have that kind of money.

    Scratch a contemporary Leftist, find a State-privileged elitist – the working class has long since been abandoned by the Left.

    As a matter of interest where did the unusual spelling of “Danyl” come from? An ethnic group, or does dyslexia run in the family?

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  21. dime (9,356 comments) says:

    Catherine Delahunty posting at 117am… a late night for her. were the voices keeping her awake?

    “must tax dime” “people that work hard should be punished” “lifes not fair” “trees before people”

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  22. vto (1,128 comments) says:

    What a coincidence – I am in the process of setting up a reverse charging system for blogs. $15 per month for my comments, otherwise I take them elsewhere.

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  23. Helen Clark (11 comments) says:

    Only a filthy capitalist would do this to the undertroden.
    All of you who complained about the election finance bill can now understand why we had to correct the balance. We had to control these promoters of unfettered greed and influence!!! Now they are trying to shut us out again. Just wait til we get back on the right side of parliament…..
    We will give everyone a paypal account……

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  24. Ryan Sproull (7,025 comments) says:

    Reminds me of this…

    http://www.homestarrunner.com/payplus.html

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  25. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    Heres $100, those with sensitive ears may wish to change the channel.

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  26. GMDI (71 comments) says:

    you are going to charge a $1 a month to read to pathetic trolling of Big Bruv and D4J and PhilU? let me guess, this is phils idea since they cut of his benefit and he get a cut?

    oh wait, like the drunk guy in my carpark chatting up the ticketing machine, april fools

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  27. TWF (22 comments) says:

    “I would like to see a microcharge for sending email (eg 2c per email)[...] to deal with the >90% of incoming email that is spam”

    I like that idea. You could even credit those 2c to the recipient and no one else would even notice it.

    “You could really make it April Phool’s day by announcing you’ll start charging $1 per full stop”

    I like that idea even more!

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  28. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    Puncuation phines. Good plan.

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  29. NX (602 comments) says:

    Eh… I spend too much time reading the comments anyway. So locking me out wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

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  30. unaha-closp (1,111 comments) says:

    Nats take positive steps on office productivity.

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  31. bka (135 comments) says:

    “Readers will be able to access posts my me for free”

    Any chance of a discount for picking up typos?

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  32. MikeNZ (3,234 comments) says:

    Well I fell for it.

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  33. Clint Heine (1,563 comments) says:

    Nice April Fools post… but you’re too predictable Farrar!

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  34. Put it away (2,888 comments) says:

    DPF, the full-stop fine movement is gaining momentum ! Imagine a world where phool had to weigh up his uncontrollable need to validate his existence by posting endless screeds of fullstop-ridden drivel on a blog that people actually read, against his uncontrollable need to spend that money on a doob to dull the voice of the last functioning braincells of his conscience telling him he’s wasting his own life and the money of good taxpayers. The agony of decision !

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  35. RRM (9,420 comments) says:

    Well I fell for it. :-D

    But yeah, if you’re serious about this, then goodbye…

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  36. gravedodger (1,506 comments) says:

    Are you making any concessions for gold card holders.
    As a poor old pensioner this is going to impact on happy hour at the Grand.
    Mrs Gd wonders if for the next few months I can subscribe in cash for the Bronze option as I have a jar of the old money in the shed.
    In increasing poverty,
    Murray.

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  37. burt (7,791 comments) says:

    There is one thing missing DPF, you need a progressive monthly fee based on the income of the person making the comment. Rich pricks need to pay $100,000 per comment, beneficiaries get paid $100,000 per comment. Has watching Labour destroy the economy for 9 years with popularist redistribution taught you nothing ?

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  38. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    User pays.. and so it should be.. now how do we get you to pay for our time and imput..

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  39. petal (704 comments) says:

    “But if you wish to read or make a comment, there will be a small micro-charge.”

    I SPOT MYSELF AN APRIL FOOLS POST

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  40. Michaels (1,317 comments) says:

    Jokes aside……

    I’m all for this April Fools Joke, BUT…..

    Let those who think right….. in for free……

    Those that think wrong…… charge

    Those that abuse and are just total pains in the arse (mallard as an example) ….. block :)

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  41. tknorriss (327 comments) says:

    What you could do is put up absolutely outrageous articles that deeply offend the Greens:- e.g. advocating we all avoid ecobulbs and hybrid cars. Then you could charge them to take the article taken down.

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  42. Michaels (1,317 comments) says:

    # tknorriss (259) Says:
    April 1st, 2010 at 11:11 am

    What you could do is put up absolutely outrageous articles that deeply offend the Greens:- e.g. advocating we all avoid ecobulbs and hybrid cars. Then you could charge them to take the article taken down.

    Problem with this is there would be an empty blog as the Greens oppose EVERYTHING that we enjoy.

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  43. Bevan (3,965 comments) says:

    Charging for comments? Meh, I’ll just use Heatley’s credit card …

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  44. Kris K (3,570 comments) says:

    DPF, would you accept payment in the form of really weird shaped turnips?
    And if out of season, other weird shaped vegetables?

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  45. Dave Mann (1,168 comments) says:

    Hahahaha VERY GOOD David… I fell for it!

    One April fool joke that I didn’t fall for was Michael Laws not appearing this morning on Radio Live because he is ‘standing for the Auckland mayoralty’ !!!!

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  46. kowtow (7,581 comments) says:

    The ODT story about covering the Octagon was plausable because the council really is a big spending council.

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  47. Paul Williams (876 comments) says:

    Nice funny, Danyl will be burned he fell for it… but could there be an option to pay to not read some commentators, that’d be worth it I reckon.

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  48. Paulus (2,490 comments) says:

    Will have to seriously consider paying – probably to say “goodbye Kiwiblog” which I have enjoyed,

    but watch 101 “Law of diminishing return”

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  49. bazzarra (37 comments) says:

    Would I get a refund if one of my comments is deleted which happened with my question re the incontinent mayor? (And possibly this one!!)

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  50. Rex Widerstrom (5,253 comments) says:

    What kind of idiot thinks the ill-informed prejudices of a handful of nutters is something anyone in their right mind would pay for?!

    Ah, that’s right… the kind of idiot who runs NBR’s website :-D

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  51. Patrick Starr (3,675 comments) says:

    so toads back commenting again, ….guess I can put all my wine bottles back in the racks

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10635672

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  52. Robert Black (423 comments) says:

    That will be the end of me as I don’t have paypal unless I can get my elderly Mum to set it up for me from home.

    Oh well.

    I think this will destroy the power of the website, to be honest.

    People don’t like paying to make comments.

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  53. Jack5 (4,568 comments) says:

    Here’s another good April 1 piece from Britain:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7541455/Ferrets-key-to-bridging-the-digital-divide-between-cities-and-rural-areas.html

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  54. Jack5 (4,568 comments) says:

    The Telegraph seems to have moved the April 1 joke from the link address I gave at 8.03:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7541455/Ferrets-key-to-bridging-the-digital-divide-between-cities-and-rural-areas.html

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  55. Robert Black (423 comments) says:

    An April Fool’s joke?

    If it was it was a goody, it got me!

    Nice one DPF you…….!

    Haha.

    Well done.

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  56. Viking2 (11,125 comments) says:

    A couple of other Fool jokes. Boy the Brisbane officials have shiity livers.

    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/toll-plan-for-kurilpa-bridge-20100331-reou.html

    but Tourism Australia thought it was all good fun when the Kiwi’s hijacked their new campaign.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/3543314/Online-ambushes-hit-Tourism-Australia

    But krudd really just does not have any sense of grace or humour.

    http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/people/krudd-i-love-australia-williams-redneck-row-comeback-20100402-rimy.html

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10635900

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/3541620/PM-fires-back-over-Robin-Williams-redneck-joke

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  57. Viking2 (11,125 comments) says:

    here again

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/spoof-website-mocks-new-150m-tourism-australia-campaign-theres-nothing-like-australia/story-e6frg996-1225848490037

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  58. black paul (124 comments) says:

    April fool’s joke or not, I actually think this would be a good system. I think it would seriously improve the level of debate.

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  59. Viking2 (11,125 comments) says:

    Banning religion would do that.

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  60. real independent (30 comments) says:

    you’ve well and truely over-estimated the value of the blog. i wouldn’t pay a cent to read 99% of the inane comments left on this site, although most of the posts left here by ACT party members do have a certain comic value.

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  61. peter quixote (3 comments) says:

    Unbelievable pathetic $1 post Farrar
    the question is should wee be reading farrar at all

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