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Pat DiPersia
06-07-2011, 10:28 AM
We are pleased to announce that SCCoA membership has re-opened!

Here's the deal. First, please ask any and all questions in this thread. I will be directing people here from various other threads, emails, etc. This is the place to ask your questions. If you have a question - READ THIS THREAD. We're not answering the same question five times. If it's been asked - we won't be answering it again. Not trying to be a jerk - but we're taking our time to answer your questions - we ask you spend a few minutes reading. Appreciate it.

Next - this is an automated system, if you use PayPal. The steps are in the next message below as I'm going to try and keep this message for questions. As such, I may delete your message below to keep this thread clean and condense questions and answers.

If you wish to see your membership status, simply follow step 1-3 in the next message to access the user control panel/subscriptions, where you can see your current status under the Active Subscriptions heading. If there is no active subscriptions heading, as shown below, you do not currently have a paid subscription.

http://www.sccoa.com/images/JoinSCCoAImages/AvailableSubscriptions.JPG

For anyone that does not have PayPal and does not wish to use PayPal - we understand. Some people just don't like PayPal. However, this is currently the only method we accept for membership as it is completely automated. You do NOT need a PayPal account - PayPal will let you do a one time charge against a bank account or credit/debit card.

Member numbers are not generated as part of this automated system and we are currently not issuing member numbers. We hope to change this at some point, but do not have this on the roadmap. If you previously had a member number, we already have that in our records and the same number stays for your lifetime, even if you stop paying for membership - we never give out the same number to two separate individuals. If you stop paying dues, your member number will simply go into hibernation; if and when you re-join the club, that number is still yours.

Remember, only dues paying members have access to add cars to the garage. If you haven't added a car, once you join, it's a great time to do so. Additionally, members who stop paying for membership will eventually lose the vehicles they've submitted to the garage (This is not yet in place - we'll let you know before this happens so you don't lose anything if you wish to backup your information manually.)

We will be adding in features to remind you that your membership is going to expire, if you have a one-time membership. Right now, a few days out, the site will add a message near the top of the forums screen informing you that your membership is coming due. We plan to add options to send private messages, emails and warnings further out. You can add additional years to your membership at any time - previous time will not be lost and is incremental, so don't worry about renewing a week early and losing a week.

Finally, if you select a membership that automatically renews each year, please do NOT sign-up for another membership next year. We have had cases where people sign up two and three years in a row and are being charge 2-3x the annual membership. Paypal handles the automatic renewal; if you wish to cancel your membership, please sign into your Paypal account and cancel it within there. We have no control over automated subscriptions and refunds will not be issued.

In the future, we hope and plan to add additional members only features to the site. Have a suggestion? Let's hear it!

Thank you, and welcome to the SCCoA!

Pat DiPersia
06-07-2011, 10:30 AM
Here are the steps to join the SCCoA through our automated PayPal system.

1. Login to the SCCoA forums as you normally do. Make sure in the top-right corner of the forums, above the banner ads, you see the "Welcome, [Your username]" displayed, as circled in red below. If not, you're not logged in. Additionally, make sure the username shown is the one you want to pay for. We can't switch, so once you pay, that's that.

http://www.sccoa.com/images/JoinSCCoAImages/LoggedIn.JPG

2. Click the "SETTINGS" link in the header bar with your username as circled in red below.

http://www.sccoa.com/images/JoinSCCoAImages/Settings.jpg

3. In the "My Settings" control panel, select "Paid Subscriptions" under the My Account heading, as shown below and circled in red.

http://www.sccoa.com/images/JoinSCCoAImages/SettingsPaidSubscriptions.jpg

4. From the subscriptions page, you can now select which subscription you would prefer. ONLY SELECT ONE SUBSCRIPTION! They are both the same cost, but the first subscription is a recurring subscription, meaning PayPal and SCCoA will automatically deduct the membership cost each year from your account. There is no manual renewal to be done on your part. If you wish to ever cancel this, you must do so through your Paypal account; the SCCoA can not canlce this subscription.

The second subscription is a one-time subscription (Meaning you need to manually renew each year, if you elect.) Select which subscription you would prefer, and click the ORDER button.

http://www.sccoa.com/images/JoinSCCoAImages/Subscriptions.JPG

5. At this point, the remaining steps are self-explanatory. You will receive a confirmation page for your subscription and you will be asked to login with your PayPal account. If you do not have a PayPal account, you will receive the option to perform a one-time debit from your bank account or credit/debit card without having to sign up for a Paypal account.

Benefits of paid membership:

You can ad an avatar (photo) to your board ID.
You can add a signature that can also include a photo that shows up beneath all your post.
You will not see the Google banner ads at the bottom of the pages.
You will receive a member discount from some vendors and club sponsored events.
You will be eligible to receive free SCCoA window stickers.
You have access to member only forums, which includes the Lounge for discussing non-car related topics.
You have the ability to upload more images (500 MB vs. 50 MB for non-members).
You have the ability to store more private messages (500 PMs vs 70 PMs for non-members).
You can create a Garage page for several cars to list your modifications and upload numerous photos for hosting, which includes adding your timeslips and dyno charts to the Garage lists.
You will be one of the people who is helping to keep this club alive by helping to pay for the cost of hosting this website on a dedicated server, and the cost of sponsoring important club related events.

Pat DiPersia
06-07-2011, 10:30 AM
Message reserved for further instructions for members that wish to pay via check or money order. More information is coming shortly.

Pat DiPersia
06-07-2011, 10:32 AM
This thread is going to address questions that members have asked -

Q1: I have not yet paid for membership, but have access to all of the forums.
A1: As a courtesy and to give people time to renew, we are allowing a grace period until 8/1/11 for anyone who is currently a "member" on the site, but has not renewed their membership. Beginning 8/1/11, anyone that is listed a member on the site, but has not submitted dues, will lose their access to the member's forums, as well as any other permissions to members only features.

Q2: I wish to cancel my annual/recurring membership. Can you please cancel this for me?
A2: We can not. When you sign up for an annual/recurring membership, Paypal takes over from here. Please login to your Paypal account and cancel from there.

David Neibert
06-07-2011, 12:05 PM
If you wish to see your membership status, simply follow the steps in the next message to access the user control panel, where you can see your current status. Please do not follow ALL the steps - if you already have a membership, there's no need to purchase again, unless you wish to extend your membership.



Pat,

Which of the tabs in the User CP will show current status ? I followed the instructions you listed for selecting either type of subscription, but didn't see current status shown.

David

PS: Thanks for getting this new system up and running.

Pat DiPersia
06-07-2011, 12:20 PM
David,

I updated the thread to give a little more info, and put a screen shot.



If you wish to see your membership status, simply follow step 1-3 in the next message to access the user control panel/subscriptions, where you can see your current status under the Active Subscriptions heading. If there is no active subscriptions heading - you do not currently have a paid subscription.


I'll delete these two posts in a few days once everyone has reviewed it.

You're welcome!

the-big-e
06-07-2011, 02:57 PM
Does this mean that all memberships will expire on 8-01-11 if they are not renewed?

Pat DiPersia
06-07-2011, 03:10 PM
Does this mean that all memberships will expire on 8-01-11 if they are not renewed?

Basically. We've had some people that found the automated system before we told them about it, so they had already signed up through there. Those won't expire - it's just people who have NOT paid dues in the past year and aren't planning to do so before 8/1/11.

275hptbirdsc
06-07-2011, 03:32 PM
This is the day ive been waiting for! Its great to finally be apart of the sccoa community! How soon will the garage be open for me to add cars?

Rodeo Joe
06-07-2011, 05:57 PM
Pat,

I just tried PayPal and they won't let the payment go through. This is the message:

This payment cannot be completed and your account has not been charged. Please contact your merchant for more information.

I just tried again and got the same message.

Joe

mduralia
06-07-2011, 06:16 PM
Thanks for setting this up Pat. It sure makes things easier! Well Done!

Ken Seegers
06-07-2011, 07:47 PM
Pat,
Thanks for getting this started. It was very simple to do.

Ken

sc4u2nv
06-07-2011, 08:03 PM
Thank you Pat, I finally get to become a member.

Rezid
06-08-2011, 12:05 AM
just joined and wanted to add my vehicle but when i click on the add vehicle tab it says, Error. You have reached the maximum amount of vehicles allowed. I haven't even added any? Whats the problem?

Pat DiPersia
06-08-2011, 12:25 AM
just joined and wanted to add my vehicle but when i click on the add vehicle tab it says, Error. You have reached the maximum amount of vehicles allowed. I haven't even added any? Whats the problem?

This has been resolved. Try it again.

Pat DiPersia
06-08-2011, 12:25 AM
Pat,

I just tried PayPal and they won't let the payment go through. This is the message:

This payment cannot be completed and your account has not been charged. Please contact your merchant for more information.

I just tried again and got the same message.

Joe

Let me look into this and get back to you. Might be a day or two.

Rodeo Joe
06-08-2011, 05:08 AM
Pat,

This is on the one time subscription.

Joe

mywhite89
06-08-2011, 07:48 AM
Paid! thanks that is much nicer.

Chris

Rezid
06-08-2011, 11:36 AM
This has been resolved. Try it again.

Thanks Pat!!!

rzibilske77
06-08-2011, 11:49 AM
Since this has been down for more then a year I take it everyones memberships are long expired?......I have no clue when mine was last paid and or due.

kenewagner
06-08-2011, 11:56 AM
That was easy and painless

Ken

BLOWN38
06-08-2011, 11:08 PM
If you do the auto renew how do you cancel it if you need to?

Pat DiPersia
06-09-2011, 07:36 AM
If you do the auto renew how do you cancel it if you need to?

That's a good question. . . Worst case, an admin might have to cancel it, but I would have to THINK there's an option to cancel it in the user control panel once active. Maybe someone wouldn't mind looking that has already paid for a recurring?

Or maybe you have to cancel it on the PayPal website. . .

93tbird06
06-09-2011, 10:13 PM
payment pending :)

MN12SC
06-10-2011, 02:30 AM
That's a good question. . . Worst case, an admin might have to cancel it, but I would have to THINK there's an option to cancel it in the user control panel once active. Maybe someone wouldn't mind looking that has already paid for a recurring?

Or maybe you have to cancel it on the PayPal website. . .

I just looked and you can cancel it on the paypal website under "subscription details"

fasterthanyou
06-11-2011, 08:16 PM
so, how instant is instant access? I just paid via paypal and I don't have access! :p I'm sure it'll take a day or two, just busting your balls about it.

Pat DiPersia
06-16-2011, 10:13 AM
so, how instant is instant access? I just paid via paypal and I don't have access! :p I'm sure it'll take a day or two, just busting your balls about it.

No, it really should be instant. Maybe you have to logout and back in.

Nando559
06-17-2011, 02:08 AM
How caught up are you guys with giving member numbers? Hope on getting mine soon.:cool:

89XR7TD
06-17-2011, 08:56 PM
I like things this way :) was nice and simple!

Just one question tho! I guess being logged in and then paying with paypal how do you guys know which member paid for what since there isnt a place to put your member name on the paypal paid page?

Thanks, Tom

1990MNThunder
06-22-2011, 12:23 AM
I am glad to become a member! Very easy transaction. I have been waiting for this forum to come back on!

rickbtbird
06-22-2011, 10:38 AM
Here are the steps to join the SCCoA through our automated PayPal system.


5. At this point, the remaining steps are self-explanatory. You will receive a confirmation page for your subscription and you will be asked to login with your PayPal account. If you do not have a PayPal account, you can sign up with PayPal and fund the account prior to signing up with SCCoA.

Yup, I'm all paid up. Works for me here perfectly!

Pat DiPersia
06-24-2011, 08:15 AM
I like things this way :) was nice and simple!

Just one question tho! I guess being logged in and then paying with paypal how do you guys know which member paid for what since there isnt a place to put your member name on the paypal paid page?

Thanks, Tom

Since you're logged in, the board is handling the payment and passing it to Paypal through an API (Programmer speak) so we know who's who.

IkeyM
06-27-2011, 10:18 PM
Pat, i recieved an email from Paypal today saying my recurring subscription i signed up for months ago has been CANCELED.Can you shed some light on this?Do i need to sign up again?

Thanks,Ikey

Pat DiPersia
06-27-2011, 10:25 PM
Pat, i recieved an email from Paypal today saying my recurring subscription i signed up for months ago has been CANCELED.Can you shed some light on this?Do i need to sign up again?

Thanks,Ikey

I wish I could - but the site and PayPal give me no information. Can you look at your PayPal account and see if you see anything? You're the first recurring member since you "found" this loop hole a year ago, so it's either a bug in the system, or. . .? Unfortunately, we may not know for some time as I never tested recurring memberships (We didn't want to wait out a year to roll this out.)

IkeyM
06-28-2011, 03:06 PM
I wish I could - but the site and PayPal give me no information. Can you look at your PayPal account and see if you see anything? You're the first recurring member since you "found" this loop hole a year ago, so it's either a bug in the system, or. . .? Unfortunately, we may not know for some time as I never tested recurring memberships (We didn't want to wait out a year to roll this out.)


Ok i checked my paypal and all it says is canceled.This morning my membership was gone as i could not see the members only forum.I had to re register with the recurring payment option.I would say you have a problem with the Paypal payment for recurring subscription.

scskydivin
07-01-2011, 01:23 AM
Wow! That was super easy! I'm all paid up.... Thx!

I am having problems adding pictures to my garage. It says it won't accept certain files. I change the file type of the pic but get the same result.

P1040758 (2).tif - Error: Not a supported image type (jpg, gif, png).
P1040758.JPG - Error: Not a supported image type (jpg, gif, png).

The pictures that I have in my garage page now, posted fine some time ago, they came off of the same digital camera, I used the same computer, and the pics are in the same file.

Pat DiPersia
07-12-2011, 12:58 PM
Wow! That was super easy! I'm all paid up.... Thx!

I am having problems adding pictures to my garage. It says it won't accept certain files. I change the file type of the pic but get the same result.

P1040758 (2).tif - Error: Not a supported image type (jpg, gif, png).
P1040758.JPG - Error: Not a supported image type (jpg, gif, png).

The pictures that I have in my garage page now, posted fine some time ago, they came off of the same digital camera, I used the same computer, and the pics are in the same file.

When you say you changed the file type - did you CONVERT them to JPG, or just rename them to JPG? How many photos do you have in the garage? There is a limit, but I would think it would give you that error - not the file type error.

scskydivin
07-13-2011, 12:27 AM
When you say you changed the file type - did you CONVERT them to JPG, or just rename them to JPG? How many photos do you have in the garage? There is a limit, but I would think it would give you that error - not the file type error.

Thanks for the reply Pat!

I have 12 pics in my garage. I just renamed them to JPG. I've acually tried every option my computer gives me & none of em work. Of course, I've been renaming them all... Do they need to be converted? I'm assuming so. I do not know how to do that.

Kurt K
07-13-2011, 09:28 AM
Thanks for the reply Pat!

I have 12 pics in my garage. I just renamed them to JPG. I've acually tried every option my computer gives me & none of em work. Of course, I've been renaming them all... Do they need to be converted? I'm assuming so. I do not know how to do that.
To convert a .tif file to a .jpg file, just open the .tif file in whatever viewer you can see the picture (I can't remember if MS Paint can view .tif files). After the .tif picture is open, select 'File', 'Save As', and then choose .jpg as the file option. If your view can't save as a .jpg, it should still be able to save as a .bmp file.

Renaming the file extension will never work.

scskydivin
07-16-2011, 10:51 AM
I did the save as and it didn't work.

BlkBrd94
07-18-2011, 04:16 PM
Hey Pat,
I paid for my membership about 1-2 months back. Any idea of when I will receive my #?

Adam

Pat DiPersia
07-24-2011, 09:00 AM
Hey Pat,
I paid for my membership about 1-2 months back. Any idea of when I will receive my #?

Adam

Unfortunately, that's a completely manual process. I started getting it done for all the new submissions we've had - but it's also very error prone when doing it manually. There's no good way that the site gives me to do this.

I asked a few people if they might be able to help in developing a system that does this for us automatically. No response, unfortunately. If anyone knows php and mysql - please message me!

BlackbirdSc94
09-07-2011, 01:36 PM
One thing that does suck is that they do not notify you of when your membership is about to expire so that you can pay before it lapses so then you find out when get on to find some info, that I just so happen to need right now:(

Kurt K
09-07-2011, 02:39 PM
One thing that does suck is that they do not notify you of when your membership is about to expire so that you can pay before it lapses so then you find out when get on to find some info, that I just so happen to need right now:(
Stated in another thread, everyone was sent an email to the email registered with the site that for the first pass of the new membership process, expiring memberships would end on 8/1 (I think). Anyway, a bunch of people were hit then with "membership expired" messages.

Regardless, I think the process is working now.

sleeper bird
10-16-2011, 09:53 AM
is there anyone that can explain why i cannot view any of the threads,i have been a member for around six or seven years and it seems i am locked out.no one will actually contact me and let me know what to do

Mike8675309
10-16-2011, 04:48 PM
is there anyone that can explain why i cannot view any of the threads,i have been a member for around six or seven years and it seems i am locked out.no one will actually contact me and let me know what to do

Your membership has expired. Have you been paying? As it shows in this thread in particular post #4

Q1: I have not yet paid for membership, but have access to all of the forums.
A1: As a courtesy and to give people time to renew, we are allowing a grace period until 8/1/11 for anyone who is currently a "member" on the site, but has not renewed their membership. Beginning 8/1/11, anyone that is listed a member on the site, but has not submitted dues, will lose their access to the member's forums, as well as any other permissions to members only features.

What that means is if you did not pay up with the new system described in post 1 and 2 of this thread, then on august 1st, your membership was revoked until such time that you pay. Follow the instructions on post 1 and 2, and your membership will be renewed.

Flex
12-14-2011, 08:24 PM
Extortion Paid:eek:. Maybe this year I will get a membership page:rolleyes:.

Kurt K
12-14-2011, 10:21 PM
Extortion Paid:eek:. Maybe this year I will get a membership page:rolleyes:.

I believe the member pages are a thing of the past and now everyone will be using garage pages. I think you can go set up a garage page right now.

Rodeo Joe
12-22-2011, 07:40 PM
Any updates on Membership numbers? 6 months and counting! :eek:

Joe

Rodeo Joe
01-27-2012, 04:18 PM
Anything, anyone!? :(

Joe

J dot Miller
06-09-2012, 02:14 PM
I am sorry but your system is lazy. If you want new members you need to be able to have people to join who are NOT ON-LINE.
:(

guardrail22
09-19-2017, 04:35 PM
what is the 2017 path to membership process?