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PrintedByMark
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Was the tip designer function removed with the addition of clubs?

As stated, was the tip designer function removed with the addition of clubs? There used to be an option to support designers where you could make a one time donation to a linked paypal account. (There may have been other options too) It seems like this has been removed in exchange for the clubs, but it's not a fair trade. Many creators are not eligible for creating a club, or don't want to pursue the subscription model. The single donation option was still valuable.  

This topic was modified 7 months ago by PrintedByMark
Posted : 08/08/2023 7:09 pm
PrintedByMark
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Topic starter answered:
RE: Was the tip designer function removed with the addition of clubs?

I just got word back from the support team. It has, unfortunately, been removed. Is there a way to petition that this feature be added back? I feel that the one time donation/tip option doesn't overlap with the new club feature. The single-time support option still applies for creators that aren't consistently uploading and for users that don't want to be stuck in yet another subscription.

Posted : 08/08/2023 9:21 pm
fuchsr
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RE: Was the tip designer function removed with the addition of clubs?

This is just…bad. I admit I've never been a friend of the subscription model— I can count the number of creators that have created more than one model I like on the fingers on one hand. But from their comments on this topic I was under the impression the Prusa team was going to keep the single payment option alive. Removing it removes the ability to express gratitude for a particular good or valuable model without committing to a subscription. I guess technically I could subscribe at the lowest level and then immediately unsubscribe, to create a one-time donation. But that also means all these people would have to set up a "club"

This is just awfulness.

Posted : 09/08/2023 1:32 am
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ken830
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RE: Was the tip designer function removed with the addition of clubs?

Yeah, this is a bad move. Thingiverse still has the "Tip Designer" button...

Posted : 21/09/2023 5:38 am
Whity
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RE: Was the tip designer function removed with the addition of clubs?

Just recognized today that the donate button is gone. I always received some donations every now an then, but that almost completely stopped some months ago, even I have a donation link in each model description too. Subscriptions are not an option for me. Too bad to see that they focus to support "the big ones" only.

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Posted : 08/10/2023 1:51 pm
ScottW
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RE: Was the tip designer function removed with the addition of clubs?

I really don't like the "clubs" feature.  I suppose it works for a few specific designers and consumers where repetitive design content meets narrow criteria, but that is a small part of the overall 3D design community.  The ability to "tip" a designer for a specific design should always be available!

 

Posted : 09/10/2023 1:17 am
Diem
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I had forgotten about clubs, so I just looked through the list - the majority are just designing trinkets, I wouldn't download one, let alone subscribe to waste filament on a regular basis.

There are a couple of useful looking designs that I *might* have paid for as a one-off or perhaps tipped the designer if they turned out to be really useful (I admit I have never tipped a 3D designer but I have done so in other fields).  As it is I am not going to subscribe to a club for just one part so, now I have seen the idea it will be easy to replicate from scratch.

Cheerio.

Posted : 09/10/2023 2:33 am
fuchsr
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RE: Was the tip designer function removed with the addition of clubs?

had forgotten about clubs, so I just looked through the list - the majority are just designing trinkets, I wouldn't download one, let alone subscribe to waste filament on a regular basis.

 

Same here. I'm just not into busts of comic book characters or vases etc. 

Posted : 09/10/2023 11:50 am
Thejiral
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RE: Was the tip designer function removed with the addition of clubs?

For functional prints, many are so specialized and often also not overly complex to begin with, that the easiest option is to simply design whatever you need yourself. Others are complex but you won't find them anywhere eiter because they are fairly specialized as well. 

With figurines and stuff on the other side, many people want similar stuff. That is a market which can be catered to.

Mk3s MMU2s, Voron 0.1, Voron 2.4

Posted : 09/10/2023 12:13 pm
Diem
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There is a place for functional prints that address common problems.  I agree that most are too niche, I make plenty that would be of interest to no more than two or three people worldwide so not worth publishing but there are others that *if* the search function on printables was better, would be of use to thousands and if I was convinced that the part had been properly tested I might download and even pay for...

But we have no quality metric other than utterly useless 'likes' so even printability can be questionable.

Cheerio,

Posted : 09/10/2023 1:42 pm
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