Toolshed numbers retconjured
A few months ago, we made a major correction to the way we're counting subscribers and pledges, and bumped a whole lot of unbillable subscribers out of our system at once. We said that we'd be deactivating all Toolshed accounts that were not billable for three months in a row.
Well, we apparently didn't say it clearly enough to the billing system itself.
So this is sort of a repeat of the prior news. On or about the 14th of every month, we expect to see the Toolshed numbers take a dip (both the Tool count and pledge count) as we close these accounts. This month, there will be a fairly steep drop, as we close all the accounts that the system overlooked since March.
This is fine, this is normal, it happens to every Patreon page for the same reasons. So when you see the drop in our numbers this week, or in the middle of every month from now on, it is not because people are leaving in droves over some plot point in the story, or that they're mad at the time of day that the update went up, or because I said something deplorable on Twitter.
All is well. Don't panic. Keep calm and carry on. Go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all this to blow over. Don't get all:
When plotting world domination, don't worry about pissing off the spunky superheroes who will inevitably rail against you. They're going to be upset with you regardless of what you do, and there's not much to be done there. Your goal is world domination, they have these silly ideals where concepts like 'freedom' are concerned, so conflict is pretty much inevitable.
Worry about upsetting Accounting. They have the ability to hit you in the pocketbook. They're the one who does your taxes. They have the ability to end your campaign with a single misplaced decimal. So be generous to them. Full benefits package, competitive, nay make it above-competitive pay scale, and most importantly... make sure they have comfy chairs. Keep them happy, or your plan is doomed before it ever begins...
--Evil Genius Manual
It is worth noting that the toolbox used to be accessible using a different pattern before (there was an actual link in the pseudo-tab-bar-thingamabobby). Now toolbox content can be found using the search hamburger-menu-that-is-not-a-menu. I hadn't actually noticed it until right now, when I, too, looked for the "toolbox" link.
speaking of old tools and such I do have a small gripe I'd like to mention. When you transitioned from the old toolshed to the new toolshed and new site and added badges, active tools under the old system got a badge. The update frequency had gotten so bad that I had let the old toolship lapse despite originally signing up on day one ( Jun. 9, 2009?). I probably would have been a lot quicker to join the new toolshed if that badge had been given to all the old tools
@TheDarkOne Hey, we really do appreciate all your support and your being there for us from day 1 of erfworld.com. You're definitely not alone among people who didn't feel we merited supporting anymore when things got difficult. The original Toolbox numbers fell (from a high water mark of around 1175 supporters to 600 or so) between 2012 and 2015, and I completely understand why that was. As hard as we were working, Erfworld was not delivering for the fans the way I wanted us to. All I can say is that the badge was conceived as a kind of a reward to those who stuck with us anyway, and that's why it only went to accounts that were active Tools on the day we rolled out the Toolshed.
So I am interested in becoming a Tool, but I want to do it on the first account I made, this was an account I made to troubleshoot my issue. I've posted in the bugs section of the forum several times but I haven't had any response. I made my account around the time the website was being worked on and everytime I try to login it says profile not found. I can even change the password with the pw recovery but I've never been able to login, IIRC there was an issue with the account confirmation email. Any help would be appreciated.