November 22, 2019 at 1:10 AM #338PaDiParticipant
One would expect that people would regularly move up on the waiting list as more people were added as members–but I am stuck at the same position in the waiting list.
What is everyone else’s experience?
November 22, 2019 at 2:30 PM #376WTCommunity AdminKeymaster
I’m also in the same position. Nothing has changed since registration: “You are number 46797 on the waiting list”
I think the message is clear: invite people or pay a donation.
It makes sense, the first spread the word, the second makes money. Since WTS is not a for-profit business (as we know it)
November 29, 2019 at 6:17 AM #517MaxRosanParticipant
Well, that is interesting. I went through the new account procedure to setup my WT membership and got right in, no waiting. It could be, since I have been a good donor to Wikipedia for several years, that the WT:Social hookup process queried the Wikipedia database using my email address as a key and figured out that I was some kind of “good guy” or whatever. I should think, following the WP formula, that a donation would not be required initially. Kind of a deterrent to joining. Kind of a negative incentive there.
The Internet, and the websites on it, continue to evolve and to survive. I am a retired website developer for a large municipal utility company, and so I do have some knowledge of how all this works, or doesn’t. Regarding paid access vs. free access, my observations are thus: there are 100% free websites, news outlets, etc. that you just join — email address validation, and so on, and you are in. Those sites are littered with advertising, so-called “clickbait”, etc. Then there are sites that are on a lower budget that invite you to donate, but may or may not restrict access if you do not. I support a few of these. Then there are the websites that *require* a fee, or a donation, for access. I belong to and support some of these sites too.
I think that this new nascent thing, WT:Social, is in an embryonic state where Jimmy Wales wants to make it a success, and his policy of refusing to accept advertising money will make his endeavor a challenge, and will also make his concept, in my opinion, “cleaner” in this regard i.e. free from sponsors’ influences. But the facts are that unless you have a lot of disposable money to spend on such an endeavor, people/members will need to step up and contribute. One of the earlier experiments like this was, and still is, the WELL, the “Whole Earth ‘Lectronic Link”. Free at first, then donations gladly accepted… (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_WELL). The truth is, if there is something out there, anywhere, that people had to expend their time & energy on that is of value to someone, someone will be asked to pay for it. It’s only fair. The “free lunch” argument. Radio, TV, books, magazines, and Internet content.
I am so far positive about WT:Social. I would like to see it succeed, and I am willing to donate to its cause.
November 30, 2019 at 7:24 PM #524coolhand62Participant
What wait list?
December 1, 2019 at 5:07 PM #530Michael L CunninghamParticipant
Exactly… what waiting list?
December 2, 2019 at 4:57 AM #546jesselespaulParticipant
Wait list? Please understand that I am an interested party in this new process. No business, no donation, nothing untoward. It was quick and easy.
I’m curious to see what comes next – yes?
December 2, 2019 at 1:50 PM #550SetlecParticipant
so for those that are wondering about the waiting list here is the link for the social platform https://wt.social/ .
There when you register you will be queued in the waiting list unless you you pay for the subscription it’s not mandatory but if you want to have instant access you must pay for it or wait.
December 2, 2019 at 4:58 PM #551tpaParticipant
I got an email last week, that said the waiting is over, an I’m inside. 🙂
here is the message:
You now have full access to WT Social. Welcome aboard! On your first visit, make sure to complete onboarding, update your profile, all that good stuff. You know the drill, it’s a social account!
Look forward to seeing you soon,
WT Social Team
December 2, 2019 at 10:02 PM #558SetlecParticipant
not yet for me still 88367 people b4 i can get in when i’ve registred yesterday it was 105K + … so a bit of patience and it will be fine.
December 3, 2019 at 12:55 AM #559jamesbarrygrayParticipant
I just joined, no waiting list… super easy.
December 10, 2019 at 5:03 AM #773SkipWParticipant
It took 30 minuets from seeing this article tonight(Dec 9) https://bigthink.com/technology-innovation/wt-social So I signed up and immediately I received the email confirmation to set a password.
December 18, 2019 at 1:39 PM #1097SenatorAtomsParticipant
No waiting as of December 18
December 24, 2019 at 1:08 PM #1110marxsmanParticipant
I got in immediately, not sure what I suppose to see though, nothing like I’d hoped
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