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Hadi
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 4:48 am Reply with quote    Back to top    

Dear Editors,

The membership fee (US$49 1st year & US$99 2nd year) is quite high, in my opinion. After all, some of us are not as wealthy as the others in this site. Therefore, it might be difficult to pay this fee, at least for me.

Could you please lower the membership fee so that we can all become a member. Or, at least, please introduce a student/pension discount membership deal. Rolling Eyes

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 4:58 am Reply with quote    Back to top    

Hadi,

do Students and/or Pensioners require premium access? I think that the normal contents should be sufficient for the old and retired DS people and those still studying. The fee is geared to professionals who use DataStage as part of their work.

The current minimum wage in Australia equates to about 5.6 hours of work in order to pay for the annual DSXchange membership. If you think that you will save that much time and effort over the course of a year and you are a minimum wage earner then the fee pays for itself.

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 4:58 am Reply with quote    Back to top    

Since you have joined the site you may not have the full chance to know the value of this site. You can atleast expect/request to retain the membership fee as 50$ for 2nd year as well. But again its all depends up on the number of participants. The more the joinee, the lesseser the fee. It has already anounced that, the amount collected is just to overcome the maintanace charges.

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 8:09 am Reply with quote    Back to top    

If you are a professional, it's a cost of business. If you are an employee, get your boss to pay for it. I personally think we're just as good as buying a book, and many companies have funds for libraries, training, and memberships. If you're a "student", where are you even using DataStage?

On a 6-month project, at $50/hour, you'll bill about 1000 hours. To put 1-2 hours of that earnings towards a resource that may save you 10's of hours of troubleshooting, or even 100's of hours designing poor solutions is negligible.

You are paying for 5 peoples answer. There are 100's of active users each day that can help you for free .

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 8:27 am Reply with quote    Back to top    

I'd just like to remind everyone that becoming a Charter Member (by purchasing one of the first 500 Premium Memberships) does entitle you to the discounted fee of $49 for both your first and (at least) the following year. We will not automatically raise the rate for everyone up to $99 for their second year. If you paid $49 for your first year, you'll have the option of renewing at that amount for your second year as well.

It's a small difference in price to some, but it is worth mentioning.

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 8:46 am Reply with quote    Back to top    

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If you paid $49 for your first year, you'll have the option of renewing at that amount for your second year as well.

Oh is it.... sounds great for all 500 people:!: Exclamation Exclamation

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 9:01 am Reply with quote    Back to top    

If anyone hasn't noticed, kumar_s is a prolific and skilled non-Premium Poster. Those answers are still FREE folks. Occassionally we (Premium Posters) may correct or augment existing non-Premium answers.

Everyone should be extremely happy.

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 9:09 am Reply with quote    Back to top    

kcbland wrote:
If anyone hasn't noticed, kumar_s is a prolific and skilled non-Premium Poster. Those answers are still FREE folks. Occassionally we (Premium Posters) may correct or augment existing non-Premium answers.

Everyone should be extremely happy.

But the fact is prolifacy and the skill was gained from the post of premium posters. Very Happy
It is WORTH being chartered member.

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 3:45 pm Reply with quote    Back to top    

You would spend far more than this to engage one of the premium posters to answer just one question.

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