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Announcing Sustaining Memberships for dev.to

Ben Halpern
A Canadian software developer who thinks he’s funny. He/Him.
with Jess Lee (she/her) and Peter Kim Frank ・2 min read

Today we are launching DEV Sustaining Memberships. Backing us in this way will help support the growth of our kind, open, creative community of amazingly talented software developers.

As described in our 2018 outlook, this is a pay-what-you-can membership with tiered rewards. For as little as a dollar, you can become a sustaining member and unlock a few exclusive features. The tiers go up from there, and include more and more benefits — including exclusive stickers!

DEV SHOP

The membership landing page goes into detail on the rewards for each tier, so let me take a moment to elaborate on one very important benefit.

Workshops

Members paying $25 a month are going to have the opportunity to take part in regular online software development workshops. These workshops will be interactive ways of building your skills and keeping up with the important and constantly-evolving areas of our craft.

We will be announcing workshop details as they are finalized, but let me tell you about one we have lined up: My workshop on web performance. This is an area of our field I have devoted a lot of my career studying. I'm very excited to impart some of my learnings to members from the community in a format that does better justice to the subject than than blog posts and conference talks.

While talks and blog posts are an important part of the developer ecosystem, workshops have shaped some of the most critical experiences for me in growing as a developer. We have confirmed this to be the case for many others and the industry experts we expect to take part in teaching is really exciting. We intend to specialize in this medium in an online environment as much as we can.

If you are most interested in the workshop tier but are unable afford the $25/mo, we are offering scholarships. You can fill out an application here.

Thank you for being awesome

Sooo many dev.to members have been with us from the beginning, and I promise that we are doing everything we can to build out the platform to be ten times better than it currently is. A huge part of that is having a sustainable business model so that we can invest in improvements.

Pick the Sustaining Membership level that is right for you.

As per the 2018 outlook, we have a couple more initiatives to launch soon and we are well on track with all of them. Thank you so much for being a part of the community.

Discussion (44)

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Muhammad

Got so much to learn from dev.to community
Plus I ordered a ordered a shirt for myself
I hope you guys sell stickers too

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Ben Halpern Author

Stickers are for sale now shop.dev.to/products/sticker-pack

The sticker pack, including the member badge sticker, come with one of the membership tiers as well. There will definitely be future sticker love showered upon members as well. We have many additional follow-ups for each membership benefit as we work it out.

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Víctor Adrián

Do ship those internationally? Say, to Mexico City?

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Muhammad

I was looking for it on the dev shop couldn’t find it I will order them soon thanks for sharing the link

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Anita Singh

Such an amazing community, glad to be part of it! TAKE MY MONEY :)

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Liz Rodriguez

Take my money! This is a great community, thanks for creating it! <3

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Max von Hippel

I got infinitely many compliments at BSidesLV and DefCon for my "Copying and Pasting from Stack Overflow" sticker. You guys are the best.

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Anna Rankin

<3 <3 <3 <3 !!!
You guys rock! This is one of my favorite sites; thank you for all you do!

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Kim Arnett 

TAKE MY MONEY

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Ben Halpern Author

We got our first membership signup before this post was made. Probably when the link went live in the home page sidebar. That's a good sign 😊

I seriously cannot wait to keep building community and building features for y'all. Open source coming soon too, promise!

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Nimmo

Never been happier to throw money at a community. I hope this ends up being as well-funded as it deserves to be. <3

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Jess Lee (she/her) Author

Thanks everyone for your support -- we're so excited to launch workshops and bring more resources to the community! Please apply for a scholarship if you need one ❤️

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tbodt

I think you should change the membership levels to be powers of 2. 20, 23, 25, 210

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Damien Cosset

Happy to contribute. Excited to see this thing grow in the future.

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Jason C. McDonald • Edited

I've basically got zip this year, but you can have the dollar in my wallet. ^,^

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Ben Halpern Author

Much appreciated. You've been such an awesome part of the community, 2018 is going to be a great year.

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Ahmad Awais ⚡️

That's great, keep it up Ben and team dev! ✌💯

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Nick Taylor (he/him)

Membership purchased. Keep up the great work!

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Aaroh Mankad

Happy to support and become a (sustaining) member of this awesome community!

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Stef Sharp

Yaaaaaas!!! Moar content!!!!

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Stefan Dorresteijn • Edited

Not taking Paypal? Don't have a credit card.

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Ben Halpern Author

We wanted to keep our payment process simple at launch in order to ensure everything was secure and bug-free, but if you email members@dev.to we could probably process your payment and assign your membership manually. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Stephen E. Chiang

I signed up, you need v-necks in the store :D

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Peter Kim Frank Author • Edited

I'm incredibly excited about the new initiatives we have planned — both for new sustaining members, and for the platform as a whole. Thanks so much for being a part of this amazing community.

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Alex Rudenko

What is the transaction fee for you for $1 payment?

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Peter Kim Frank Author

We're using Stripe, so it's significant at that level. That said, we wanted to make sure we made the first membership tier as affordable and accessible as possible.

We might give this another thought someday if it proves to be a major pain-point (IE asking members if we can charge multiple months all at once).

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Ben Halpern Author

It's possible that we'll be able to bill at a different interval rate than every month for that level. It's not set up that way yet because we didn't want to over-engineer our process before launch, but in the long-term there are solutions.

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Daniel Golant

Super happy for y'all, glad to see you rolling this out!

Would love to see some sort of "State of the Community" post detailing the history of growth, post-volume, traffic, etc. (IDK why I thought of that here, but I did).

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Peter Kim Frank Author

We'll be getting back in the rhythm of releasing our "Monthly Reports." The new-year/January "report" was sort of wrapped up in our What to Expect post but we'll be continuing those posts each month.

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Daniel Golant

ooh I should follow those!

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M. Shemayev

For the workshops, which I'm assuming are online--are they going to be saved at all? I suppose what I'm really asking is: say someone gets the $25/mo membership, and isn't available the day/time of the workshop. Are they screencasted or saved somehow so that person could go through it later, or are they just out of luck for that one?

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Ben Halpern Author

Yes they will be. Thanks for the question.

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conectionist

We payment via Bitcoin be possible at some point?

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Roland "Akio" Salunga

This is so awesome, but I hope there is an option to pay ONLY for this month! :)

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Renato Byrro • Edited

Why was membership discontinued? Are there other ways to support DEV?

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Pierre Bouillon

Wonderful! You are as amazing as your community! :heart:

Too bad I'm just a student, waiting for my first job and salary to get those stickers and bring my small contribution !

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Ben Greenberg

This site deserves some of my money. Glad to support!

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Weston Wedding • Edited

Gonna add a banner or popup on a semi-annual basis like Wikipedia? Like a web version of the NPR pledge drives.

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Ben Halpern Author

Well... maybe, who knows. But we mostly plan to keep adding more value to the memberships over time. Initially we're reaching out for support from those who believe in what we're up to, but in the future I think we'll also be able to point to the tangible benefits. We expect that once we start putting on these workshops (which are going to rock), people will find more reasons to sign up on an ongoing basis. So I think we're different from Wikipedia in that sense.

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Gabe Dunn

If I sign up for the $25/mo option, and then decide to downgrade after about 3 months, and there is a workshop on the 5th month, does this mean that I do not get access to the workshop?

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Andy Piper

The links to the membership pages seem to have gone missing...