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on: October 20, 2019 07:55:15 PM 
Started by sweets4ever, Message by sweets4ever
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Hi, all!  We have some big news to share!  Well, actually, TWO big pieces of news!

Over the last week, you may have noticed we've been testing through various parts of the site.  As of this weekend, the changes are officially in-progress!

1)  We are retiring our FOC (Friends of Craftster) and FFOC (Fanatic Friends of Craftster) subscription options.
2)  We are also retiring the on-site Craftster merchandise shop.

Why are we retiring the FOC program and Craftster merch shop?

On January 1, 2020, the CCPA goes into effect.  Craftster needs to be compliant with it prior to that date.

Huh?  What is the CCPA?  Calico Cats Parade Around?

Sadly, no cute calico cats will be hosting a parade. Cry  For a lengthy description, you can read all about it here.  The much shorter version is this.  Simply put, the CCPA will be the toughest data privacy law in the United States.  It's the big Kahuna of privacy laws.  Businesses either need to be in compliance, or pack up their bags and go home.  There is no leniency or grace with this bad boy.

We decided, instead of trying to bring the site as-is up to compliance and maintain the compliance, we would retire the only two areas of the site affected by it.  The two areas of Craftster are those that accept payment options -- the Membership Subscriptions (FOC) and Merchandise (the Craftster Shop).  By doing this, we will also be able to provide more of our members some exciting features.

But why now, if the CCPA doesn't go into affect until January?  Why the urgency?

Unfortunately, to retire these two areas, it's actually quite an undertaking behind the scenes! (insert sleepy emoji here)  These two changes will affect many links, graphics, memberships, newsletters, and more.  We also need time to submit to legal, Google, etc. That being said, it's still much less than would be affected, if we attempted to achieve and maintain ongoing CCPA compliance with these areas in existence.  And in the instance of CCPA, if you are found to not be in compliance at any point in time, it comes with monstrous fines.  That's a risk we just cannot take for our little home here! Smiley

So what does this mean for me as a member?

We are still working out a few longterm details, but I wanted to get a note up to the community ASAP.  I will update as I have more information available.  Reply to this thread, so you get notified of updates, too!

Cha, cha, cha, changes....

Merchandise Shop
  • The shop is officially closed.
  • IT started removing the links and graphics from around the website that linked to it.
  • We will be removing applicable links and graphics in the newsletters soon as well.
  • We will use all of our merchandise stock for prizes, giveaways and even more contests!! Kiss

  • We will be opening some of the FOC features to the entire community in the future!  Woohoo!  We won't begin this phase until all of our current FOC subscriptions have first expired, though! Kiss  It's very important to me that our current FOC receive the full term of their subscriptions before the features are available to anyone else, and IB fully agrees! Smiley
  • The membership page for purchasing FOC subscriptions has been removed.  No new FOC can be purchased from this point forward.
  • The private FOC chat board is still available to current FOC! Smiley  We did not remove it.  We only removed the avenue to get there (the option to buy a new FOC membership).  In the future, we are still going to keep the private off-topic board, too!! Smiley  After all of our current FOC have expired, the private off-topic boards will be available to a member, if they are logged in + have posted a certain number of posts (much like signatures are only available to members who have posted previously).  We don't want the off-topic boards to be viewable to anyone who isn't a member here! Smiley  No lurkers. Cheesy
  • Current FOC can still turn off ads.  Again, we did not remove the feature, just the avenue to get there (the option to buy a new FOC membership).  I haven't received confirmation if this feature will remain available longterm or not.  Fortunately/unfortunately, ads are a source of income for many websites, and Craftster is not immune to it.  I will update when I have more information on this.
  • FOC was previously granted for Swap Angels, so we are working on a new reward system for those awesome volunteers!  If you have any suggestions, please reply with them here.  Maybe one of the pieces from our retired merchandise shop??  Would really love your input on this!
  • Our cute little profile icons and extra profile information will still be available.  We are currently working on these, so please don't panic, if yours are not appearing right now.
  • From your feedback, we are working on some BRAND NEW features that will be available to everyone!  I'm consuming epic amounts of coffee, and hope to have these available soon! Cheesy

As always, we thank you so much for your love and support.  We (literally) could not do Craftster without you.  If you have any questions, please drop them here or PM me directly.  Like I said, we are still working through some details, but will pass them along as we have them!
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