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  • FAQ: AskWoody, Windows Secrets, Subscriptions and ongoing database clashes

    Posted on January 14th, 2019 at 10:44 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    This morning’s release of the first AskWoody Plus Newsletter has brought a flood of questions. I’m answering them all at CustomerSupport@AskWoody.com, but there are some recurring themes that I figure deserve a FAQ. I’ll update this list as the questions roll in.

    Q: What’s happening?

    We’re taking the Windows Secrets Newsletter subscriber list, which is indexed by email address, and moving it to a much more stable email system known as MailChimp. (The homegrown Windows Secrets Newsletter system was notoriously unstable, as many of you will attest.) At the same time, we’re using a WordPress add-in to manage subscriptions. The WordPress add-in depends on AskWoody usernames.

    We’re sending out newsletters to both (1) folks who had Windows Secrets Newsletter accounts and (2) folks who have the new AskWoody Plus accounts. It’s dueling database time.

    Q: Will you honor my payment to Windows Secrets?

    Yes. Absolutely.

    Q: I paid by PayPal, but it said I was set up for recurring payments.

    PayPal and the AskWoody ordering system have a weird relationship. When you make a donation, PayPal sets up an automatic payment, pays the bill, then immediately discontinues the automatic payment. It makes no sense, but that’s how it works.

    If you check your PayPal account, there won’t be a recurring payment.

    I receive email notifications each time the auto payment is set up, when the account is charged, and when auto payment is turned off. If you’re concerned that PayPal has you on the hook for auto-renewals, write to me at CustomerSupport@AskWoody.com and tell me your PayPal account name (usually your email address). I’ll look it up just to make sure.

    I apologize. I’m seriously thinking about dropping PayPal support for just this reason!

    Q: I have an active Windows Secrets subscription, but I’m getting renewal notices.

    Usually that’s because the WSN data coming in isn’t complete. Any number of possible causes. The best solution, though, is to get you manually moved over to AskWoody.com, and pick up your subscription from there. Once you’ve registered here — you need an email address different from the one you use for Windows Secrets — write to me at CustomerSupport@AskWoody.com and we can make the switch manually.

    I hope to have an automated way to do all of that shortly. Will keep you posted.

    Q: When I went to register on AskWoody, I was notified that my email address was already in use. How do I get around this?

    The email address you use for the Windows Secrets Newsletter has been moved over to the AskWoody user database. Dueling databases. The easiest solution is to register on this site (use the Register link in the upper right corner) using any different email address you have. You’ll need to respond to a verification email sent to that different address.

    Once you’ve registered here, you can change your email address to anything you like. To change your email address (or password, for that matter), click on your picture in the upper right corner of this page, then click on Edit. 

    Q: I have a lifetime Windows Secrets Newsletter subscription. How do I get it switched over?

    Gotcha covered. With a lifetime subscription, you’ll get the AskWoody Plus Newsletters forever, but switching over to a Plus Membership (yes, lifetime, for free) will get you all of the new benefits. It’ll go faster if you first Register on this site and set up a username. Then write to me at CustomerSupport@AskWoody.com with your AskWoody username and we can make the switch manually.

    Q: I created an AskWoody username that’s the same as my Windows Secrets Newsletter username — which is to say, an email address.

    Not a good idea. Using your email address as a username means that any time you post on AskWoody, everybody can see your email address — and that’s not good for a zillion reasons.

    Best bet is to register a new AskWoody username (don’t use an email address!) using any different email address you have. You’ll need to respond to a verification email sent to that different address.

    Once you’ve registered here, you can change your email address to anything you like. To change your email address, click on your picture in the upper right corner of this page, then click on Edit. 

    Q: What do Windows Secrets loungers use for user name and password for accessing AskWoody? I tried my Windows Secrets user name and password, and it doesn’t work!

    We haven’t yet migrated the Windows Secrets Lounge over to the AskWoody Lounge. That’ll be another huge effort, with two additional dueling databases.

    Just to add to the fun ‘n games, the Windows Secrets Lounge passwords won’t carry over to the AskWoody site. They’re incompatible – and I wouldn’t want to be moving passwords around anyway.

    For now, feel free to register a new account on AskWoody. Ultimately, when we move the Windows Secrets Lounge over to AskWoody, I hope to have a relatively simple way to combine your old account with your new account.

    Q: Wait a sec. You’re covering CustomerSupport@AskWoody.com?

    Yep. I learned a long time ago that the best way to understand a system is to respond to questions and complaints. Until the dust settles, I’m tackling all of the questions personally. I really believe in this project.

    If that helped, take a second to support AskWoody on Patreon

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    • #310295 Reply

      woody
      AskWoody Plus

      This morning’s release of the first AskWoody Plus newsletter has brought a flood of questions — and more than a few complaints. I’m answering them al
      [See the full post at: FAQ: AskWoody, Windows Secrets, Subscriptions and ongoing database clashes]

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    • #310344 Reply

      anonymous

      Why does the very first link in this topic point to reply #310011 in the autopay discussion?

      • #310455 Reply

        anonymous

        fixed now -thank you; however, why are all the other email links in the topic broken?

      • #310561 Reply

        woody
        AskWoody Plus

        Short answer: I screwed up.

        Long answer: I screwed up.

        Thanks for pointing it out!

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    • #310479 Reply

      mlmarshal
      AskWoody Plus

      Woot!!!

      Welcome back (front?!?!!) to WS and the WS team. Muchly looking forward to more.

      [In photography,]
      Amateurs worry about gear;
      professionals worry about money;
      masters worry about light.

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    • #310558 Reply

      KWGuy
      AskWoody Plus

      I’ve always used my email address as my username on this site.  Not a good idea per your faq!  Can username be changed?  This is no biggie, if no way for me to do in my account.  I know you have bigger fish to fry!

      • #310563 Reply

        woody
        AskWoody Plus

        Nope. You’ve got it right. Your username is KWGuy.

        If you had a username that looks like somebody@yahoo.com, you’d have a problem. But as long as your username doesn’t contain your email address, there’s no problem.

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      • #310771 Reply

        ax kramer
        AskWoody Plus

        My question too… How can I access “my account” as a Plus’er, to change my e-mail address, for example?

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        • #311015 Reply

          You can always change your email address (as long as it isn’t your username, which it isn’t in your case) by clicking on your avatar (picture) and then clicking Edit.

          The email address is way down at the bottom.

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    • #310612 Reply

      Craig Harrington
      AskWoody Plus

      Yay! Glad to see things reverting to a more appealing approach. I’d gotten to where I was not reading the newsletter because it seemed like it appealed to a different audience. Happy that you and the rest of the team are back in control.

    • #310623 Reply

      anonymous

      OK do I have this correct:

      First use the Register tab (top right) to register for the Woody’s Lounge.  Then use the Plus Membership area (right side panel) to donate and turn the first registration into a Plus Membership?

      • #310856 Reply

        anonymous

        Answer please.

        • #310886 Reply

          Elly
          AskWoody MVP

          Hello, Anonymous!

          Glad you are eager to sign up.

          I’m probably not the best person to answer this, but you seem to want an answer right away, and you got me… (all volunteers here).

          I think you have the right order of things, but it is possible that your first post needs to be approved by the moderator, after you register, before you are recognized by the site…

          Some people have been doing their first posts in the Test forum, so they can do a little experimenting.

          If it doesn’t work for you, you can contact CustomerSupport@AskWoody.com (as Woody knows more exactly how to make it work, and what to do if it doesn’t).

          Win 7 Home, 64 bit, Group B

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          • #311482 Reply

            anonymous

            Elly, thanks.

            Looks like your answer is “Woody Approved”.

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    • #310717 Reply

      anonymous

      I’ve been confused on what exactly happening with this merger. Will the site still be “AskWoody” or will it be “Windows Secrets”, or is it going to be renamed entirely?

      • #310729 Reply

        PKCano
        AskWoody Plus

        The site will remain AskWoody and much will essentially be the same for non-AskWoody Plus users. Anonymous posting will still be allowed.
        We are adding benefits like the Newsletter and additional Lounge access (eventually, under construction) for those who become Plus members.

        • #310734 Reply

          anonymous

          Thank you for clearing that up.

          • #311019 Reply

            We were on shaky ground sticking with the name “Windows Secrets” anyway. There’s a long history of permissions granted decades ago — enough to keep IP attorneys employed for months — but Microsoft is very protective of the name “Windows.”

            Besides, we’re more than Windows — and Windows Secrets was, too.

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        • #311989 Reply

          Joulia.S
          AskWoody Plus

          I subscripted yesterday to Plus Membershıp and paid via Credit Card

          but the Blue + Plus  badge  is still not on my avatar..

          Notified Woody,waiting to see what happened..

          Windows 7,Home Premium 64 bit - Lenovo laptop
          Group A - Intel (R)Core i7 Processors -

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          • #311996 Reply

            Microfix
            AskWoody MVP

            Firstly, thank you for your donation/ subscription to the ‘Plus Membership’, as you can imagine we are processing in the background and sometimes things take time. Please be patient, all is in hand. 🙂

             

            | W10 Pro x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 | Linux x64 Hybrids | XP Pro O/L
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    • #310762 Reply

      CADesertRat
      AskWoody Plus

      The one thing I didn’t see covered in the FAQ was different user names in WS and AW. I imagine that there will be others in the same boat that I will be in when the transfer is done.

      From what I’ve gathered so far, WS user accounts will be transferred to AW and then renamed to the AW user name (saving all the previous history under the WS user name to the AW name). Is that the plan so far ??

      • #311013 Reply

        That’s an ongoing concern. A big problem is that we can’t transfer the passwords from WS to AW – they’re incompatible and I don’t trust them anyway. (Long story.)

        My current plan is to modify all of the WS usernames to append “WS” to the front of the name. Then invite people to use the standard password reset techniques if they want to get into the old WS accounts. If they already have an AW account, I can manually delete and merge the old WS account into the new AW account — and, fingers crossed, everything will transfer over to the new AW account.

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        • #311014 Reply

          Woody As an _MVP
          AskWoody MVP

          Merging giant databases with incompatible indexes is sooooo much fun.

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        • #311170 Reply

          CADesertRat
          AskWoody Plus

          WS-profile

          Would it help if I tried to change my user name and password on WS to the same as it is on AW? I noticed that there is a space in profile settings to do that.

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          • #312563 Reply

            Kirsty
            AskWoody Plus

            Thanks for the offer, but that section has already arrived here 🙂

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    • #311667 Reply

      anonymous

      I mailed you a check to subscribe to your newsletter. Given the choices available to register for it, what do I do now?

      • #311677 Reply

        Kirsty
        AskWoody Plus

        Once your check has been cleared, your subscription will be activated (assuming you gave your email address, as instructed). If you didn’t provide your email address, you will need to email Customer Support

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    • #311760 Reply

      GoneToPlaid
      AskWoody Plus

      Hi everyone,

      Now I am a Plus user! I did it through PayPal. It was quick and easy. The initial PayPal billing and email shows as a recurring payment. Yet within seconds a subsequent PayPal email shows that the recurring payment profile was cancelled. The upshot is that PayPal near instantly converts the recurring payment to a one-time billing.

      I am looking forward to receiving my first newsletter.

      Best regards,

      –GTP

       

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    • #311841 Reply

      anonymous

      In the past, I subscribed to WindowsSecrets.  Is there a way I can access articles on Windows 7?  If so, what user name and password should I use?

      Thanks.

       

      • #312655 Reply

        woody
        AskWoody Plus

        We’ll be bringing the full Windows Secrets Lounge over here. It won’t be easy, but sleep is an overrated commodity.

        According to Windows Secrets statistics, they now have more than a million posts in nearly 200,000 threads.

    • #311969 Reply

      anonymous

      So here it is, my first post, although I have been reading (and learning from) AskWoody and lounge discussions for years. For years before that, I was a Windows Secrets subscriber, almost from the beginning. I let that lapse some years ago when Penton(?) took over and my voluntary annual donation was deemed insufficient. I was excited to hear about the new merger of the old gang and AskWoody, (we’re gettin’ the band back together!) that’s a + I want to be a part of!

      My question is: should I register here on the forum first? Or join AskWoody Plus first and then register here in the Lounge? When I join AskWoodyPlus will I create a username to use here in the Lounge or is that a separate action to be done after I am a member in good standing?

      Apologies if this has been answered already. I am overly cautious about such matters (just ask my wife), I simply don’t want to screw up.

      Sincere thanks to all of you who’ve been unknowingly helping me with Windows conundrums for years.

      • #311984 Reply

        Microfix
        AskWoody MVP

        I would think that registering as a ‘new user’ would be first then, attributes can easily be made later once the donation is received for ‘Plus Membership’

        Thank you in advance for your enquiry.

        | W10 Pro x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 | Linux x64 Hybrids | XP Pro O/L
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      • #311988 Reply

        PKCano
        AskWoody Plus

        When you register, your ID should not be your email address, but we will need for you to include a valid email address in the registration process if you intend to subscribe to the Newsletter and Alerts. Links to registration and the AskWoody Plus membership are in the upper right corner of the blog page.

        Be aware that your first post will need to be moderated. But afterward, posting will be immediate.

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        • #312045 Reply

          bradam
          AskWoody Plus

          Thank you! It is done, I am anonymous no more. Though I may still lurk. Now, how do I upload a profile picture/avatar?

           

          Windows 8.1, sometimes Windows 7, NEVER 10. Group B.

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          • #312052 Reply

            Microfix
            AskWoody MVP

            Woody has provided instructions on How to put an avatar in your profile

            The way WordPress is baked, one can’t just upload a picture.

            | W10 Pro x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 | Linux x64 Hybrids | XP Pro O/L
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            • #312086 Reply

              bradam
              AskWoody Plus

              Well, okay then. I have had a wordpress account with an account pic, but I signed up with them using a hotmail addy, I have never merged or authorized the actual gravatar site to use that anywhere though. I don’t think I want to do that.  I joined AskWoody using my gmail.  I do have a gmail avatar picture though so maybe it will show up. Guess we will see.

              Windows 8.1, sometimes Windows 7, NEVER 10. Group B.

            • #312093 Reply

              PKCano
              AskWoody Plus

              Did you sign up at AskWoody with your gmail account? I think the emails would have to be the same.

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            • #312098 Reply

              bradam
              AskWoody Plus

              Yes, with my only gmail address.

              Windows 8.1, sometimes Windows 7, NEVER 10. Group B.

            • #312123 Reply

              CADesertRat
              AskWoody Plus

              Just to add, the other day when I went to WordPress/gravatar and entered my gmail address it didn’t show my avatar until I put in woodys url and under details I put my user name. Then the avatar showed up.

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    • #312203 Reply

      anonymous

      If I register and later change my mind,  can I unregister and have my information permanently deleted including my email address to ensure it is not hacked or whatever in the future?

      • #312218 Reply

        Kirsty
        AskWoody Plus

        Refer to Posts & Privacy for answers to your questions. Once you have read that, come back to us with any questions you may have then.

        Posts & Privacy is on the top menu bar of AskWoody.com, and contains a link to our User Accounts & General Rules

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        • #312238 Reply

          anonymous

          Kirsty thanks.

          Looks like this is the answer to my inquiry.

          You can request to access, correct, or delete your personal data by contacting CustomerSupport@Askwoody.com.

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          • #312653 Reply

            woody
            AskWoody Plus

            I’m quite adamant about it, actually.

            I won’t store any sensitive information on this site, other than email addresses (which we need to keep various things working). If you want to spoof an email address, that’s fine with me – several Microsoft employees, among others, do exactly that. If you want me to delete your account, just drop a line to CustomerSupport@AskWoody.com.

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    • #312281 Reply

      cesmart4125
      AskWoody Plus

      So here it is, my first post, although I have been reading (and learning from) AskWoody and lounge discussions for years. For years before that, I was a Windows Secrets subscriber, almost from the beginning. I let that lapse some years ago when Penton(?) took over and my voluntary annual donation was deemed insufficient. I was excited to hear about the new merger of the old gang and AskWoody, (we’re gettin’ the band back together!) that’s a + I want to be a part of!

      I also was a subscriber to WindowsSecrets until Penton took over.  After that, it seemed this publication was directed to a very different audience.  My question is will it be possible to access material on Windows 7 in the newsletters.  Hopefully,  I can read Woody’s, Tracey’s, Ms. Susan’s, and Fred’s articles in WindowsSecrets.

      For those of you interested in net neutrality, Woody and Lincoln had some excellent articles on this subject.  Lincoln’s article included his recent experience  with one of the few independent ISPs.  Amazingly, his company installed fiber optic cables and then lowered the price.

      Thanks in advance for advice on accessing old articles on Windows 7 from yesteryear.

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      • #312293 Reply

        PKCano
        AskWoody Plus

        We will soon be in the process of importing WS data to AskWoody. But since the structure of the two sites and the software that is/was used is quite different, it may take a while for the import to be available to our readers. At this point, it is under constructions, but I’m not sure we have the “drawings” yet, so we’ll have to wait and see how it builds out.

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        • #312654 Reply

          woody
          AskWoody Plus

          Once the merge is complete – a monstrous task – you’ll have access to the largest collection of independent Win7 info on the web, I do believe. Microsoft has more but, well…

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    • #312333 Reply

      Tex265
      AskWoody Lounger

      OK so I completed first step, I think I am Registered!

      Tried a short post in the Testing Forum – says waiting for moderator.  Saw this below per PKCano.

      Be aware that your first post will need to be moderated. But afterward, posting will be immediate.

      How long does this part take before I’m legit?

      • #312419 Reply

        PKCano
        AskWoody Plus

        All of the people here, both those moderating and those providing information/answers are volunteers. None of us are subject to demands for immediate attention. We all work hard and and when we can provide the services, we do so. Posing a question multiple times in a short period of time doesn’t give us more hours in our day. Please be patient. You are one of thousands we serve.

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      • #312422 Reply

        Microfix
        AskWoody MVP

        apologies for the delay @is2345 @tex265 🙂

        | W10 Pro x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 | Linux x64 Hybrids | XP Pro O/L
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    • #312525 Reply

      Philomene123
      AskWoody Plus

      Well, not sure about how it works, but I suscribed for a year. I hope I did it right!

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      • #312541 Reply

        PKCano
        AskWoody Plus

        I see the Plus badge on your Avatar, so you did succeed.

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    • #312679 Reply

      Seff
      AskWoody Plus

      I have the Plus badge on my avatar on one of my machines, and the commenters’ names are listed horizontally under articles as they should be. On my other machine, however, the Plus badge is missing and the commenters’ names are listed vertically. Both machines are Windows 6 x64 desktops running Chrome.

      Is this all part of the “work in progress” or is there anything I can change on the second machine to fix it please?

      • #312680 Reply

        Microfix
        AskWoody MVP

        @seff, to help us help you, could you possibly post screenshots from each?

        | W10 Pro x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 | Linux x64 Hybrids | XP Pro O/L
        • #312791 Reply

          Seff
          AskWoody Plus

          Is there a way of doing so without using an external site for holding images as I don’t use any? It’s exactly as I explained, however. Originally when the site changes were started both machines listed commenters vertically and I was told (I think by Kirsty in a PM) that this was being fixed, but it’s only fixed on one machine. Once my subscription went through, the Plus badge appeared on my avatar on that machine but not the other.

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          • #312797 Reply

            PKCano
            AskWoody Plus

            If you are logged in on one machine it is not the same login on the other machine. If you haven’t logged out on the machine having problems, try doing so, clear the cache and log back in.

            In other words, logging in on one machine does not log you in on the other. You have to log in on both separately (in my esperience).

          • #312799 Reply

            Microfix
            AskWoody MVP

            Your badge is visible here so your ok, many thanks!
            There are small issues to iron out regarding the forum which will be dealt with as soon as possible. Hang in there..

            | W10 Pro x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 | Linux x64 Hybrids | XP Pro O/L
            • #312825 Reply

              Seff
              AskWoody Plus

              Thanks both, your time is appreciated. I’ll hang on and see what happens as the dust settles, most of the time I use the correctly displaying machine anyway so I was really only interested in passing on some feedback and seeing if there was something to fix at my end on the incorrectly displaying machine (which I logged into the site on freshly today).

    • #312881 Reply

      Tex265
      AskWoody Lounger

      New registered member here.

      I note some members have what I would call a footnote at the bottom of their postings.

      Is this accomplished via your Profile Signature block?

      Thanks

    • #313135 Reply

      EspressoWillie
      AskWoody Plus

      I just had to join in on the conversation.  I was an unlimited Windows Secrets member, but ignored it when Penton took over.  Joined up with AskWoody.  So I am a reoccuring Patreon member here, but I want my fancy blue badge on my avatar.  I like shiny things…

      I have gotten the new newsletter in my email.  I wasn’t sure what to do next after reading through all these posts.

      Thank you volunteers for all your help!!

      Cheers!!
      Willie McClure
      www.datarim.com
      Talk's cheap, takes money to buy whiskey.
      • #313144 Reply

        PKCano
        AskWoody Plus

        Your shiny badge is in your right ear. If you go back to the coffee mug, you can probably see it better. It’s hard to look in your own right ear. LOL

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        • #313158 Reply

          EspressoWillie
          AskWoody Plus

          OK, went back to the coffee cup.  Umm not seeing it.  What color is it?

          Cheers!!
          Willie McClure
          www.datarim.com
          Talk's cheap, takes money to buy whiskey.
          • #313159 Reply

            PKCano
            AskWoody Plus

            Just above the handle – see what mine looks like above. Gold ribbon with a + in it.

            • #313162 Reply

              EspressoWillie
              AskWoody Plus

              Sorry but no, don’t see it.  Not on yours or mine (or anybodys).  Woody still working on it?

              I will check tomorrow and see if it shows up.

              Thanks for your help.

              Cheers!!
              Willie McClure
              www.datarim.com
              Talk's cheap, takes money to buy whiskey.
            • #313163 Reply

              satrow
              Da Boss

              Probably a browser caching ‘feature’ your side 😉

              EW

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              PKCano
              AskWoody Plus

              Ah, you beat me to it @satrow. I was just about to upload a screenshot too.

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            • #313168 Reply

              The Surfing Pensioner
              AskWoody Plus

              We all look like ponies who’ve won gymkhanas!

            • #313506 Reply

              EspressoWillie
              AskWoody Plus

              Got it!!  Since you could see it but I couldn’t, I turned off the adblocker that was active for this site and voila, there it is.

              Thanks for all your help!!

              Cheers!!
              Willie McClure
              www.datarim.com
              Talk's cheap, takes money to buy whiskey.
            • #313508 Reply

              EspressoWillie
              AskWoody Plus

              BTW, I could switch back to my JigglyPuff and I’m sure it would be there.  That was just some fun I was having with my boys (one of them is at Microsoft).  Always fun to hear the stories from the inside…

              Cheers!!
              Willie McClure
              www.datarim.com
              Talk's cheap, takes money to buy whiskey.
    • #313514 Reply

      OscarCP
      AskWoody Lounger

      I have a question:

      As I am not really that interested on everything Windows, just on patching my old PC’s Windows 7 for as long as that lasts, am not a system administrator and my business is not  taking care of problems other people have with their computers, but am also interested on things Mac and Linux, as well as Office:

      Could I remain plain OscarCP without that golden ribbon and still contribute money to Woody’s? Even if others wrongly think that I am too cheap to send money?

      In such a case, would I become unable to do the few things I do at Woody’s, such as reading what others post, and making occasional postings to all streams open to the now ribboned-loungers? Thanks.

       

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      • #313632 Reply

        Kirsty
        AskWoody Plus

        Could I remain plain OscarCP without that golden ribbon and still contribute money to Woody’s? Even if others wrongly think that I am too cheap to send money?

        You most certainly can donate, using the Plus Membership link, but just untick the Subscribe to the AskWoody Plus Newsletter option. There is no compulsion for donors to subscribe!

        Remember to do all this from your logged-in account, to make things easier! Thks.

        The flare on the avatar should show our donors, not just our subscribers, but with a few things still not working as they should, that may not be how it currently appears – apologies to anyone so affected, if that is the case 🙂

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           Kirsty.
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        • #313669 Reply

          OscarCP
          AskWoody Lounger

          Kirsty, Thanks!

          One last question (just in case): since you’ve made clear it makes no difference, on Woody’s side, whether I  take or not some of Plus “perks”, would it be possible to subscribe to the Newsletter to see what it is like, and if turns out that one is not really interested, then unsuscribe to it?

          (Note: I would expect the answer to be either “yes” or “yes, but.” I ask obvious questions like this, sometimes, because, sometimes,  I get unexpected answers, and some of them are really good.)

          • #313681 Reply

            Kirsty
            AskWoody Plus

            I don’t see a way at present to cancel your subscription from My Account, but there is a link in each emailed newsletter, to enable you to unsubscribe, should you not feel you benefit from receiving the emails.
            There is also a link in the emails to update your preferences, which allows you to change your email address for the subscription – this can also be achieved in My Account too.

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    • #313585 Reply

      geekdom
      AskWoody Plus

      I’m very partial to my new ear tag.

      Group G{ot backup} Win7 · x64 · SP1 · i3-3220 · TestBeta
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    • #313684 Reply

      Bluetrix
      AskWoody Plus

      @geekdom

      I had a similar thought. It either covers some of my avatars very large bald spot, or looks like I won 1st place in a 4-H club contest. I’m partial to it also.

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