Email Newsletters and Unsubscribing
You know, one thing is really bugging me: Email newsletters or the like that I want to unsubscribe from. Sometimes it will let you click the link and easily manage or unsubscribe from the emails with no fuss. Of course, more of the time, it throws the unsubscribe from newsletters option behind a login page. If I wanted to log in to your site, I probably wouldn’t be trying to unsubscribe from your newsletter, and trying to increase retention by putting the unsubscribe behind walls is a slap in the face. In this case, newsletters I don’t want anymore, but won’t let me unsubscribe or manage instantly from the unsubscribe link in the email will be marked as spam by me, and rightly so, as you made it difficult to clean up unwanted emails. It’s rude to the user, and will likely make them more likely to want to leave than if you just gave a simple, no frills unsubscribe option.
This “login to whatever site to select your email preferences” fad needs to die a horrible death, ASAP.
Encik Farhan is a scammer. He backs projects, pledging hundreds or thousands of dollars at the highest tier, and then disputes the credit card charges 1-3 months later, often after his rewards have been shipped.
He pledged $1000 to my campaign, and a few days after I posted an update that backer rewards were being shipped, he filed a charge dispute with his credit card company. I’m still waiting for the outcome of my appeal, but if I lose $1000, it will ruin me.
Another project creator got in touch with me this week, asking about Encik Farhan, and dozens of creators have been affected by this asshole, but there is no built-in way to report individual backers or profiles on Kickstarter.
His profile: http://www.kickstarter.com/profile/61606350
His email address registered with Kickstarter is email@example.com, and the contact email he gave me in his survey response is firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are starting a project, WATCH OUT FOR THIS GUY. If he backs your project, assume that those funds will be disputed after your campaign is over. He’s screwing over creators, and meanwhile, he still gets to look good with all these “backed” projects showing up on his profile.
Wow, what a dick
This guy pledged to me and 157 other projects since May, usually the highest backer tier. I’m waiting to hear what Amazon intends to do about this. There’s no way to stop someone from pledging to you, even if you know he’s going to turn around and do this. And because he’s pledging substantial amounts, it means that when he demands his money back, it’s enough to bankrupt some of these projects. He’s perverted everything about KS.
Amazon needs to do something about this, and it can’t be at the cost of the creators. We have zero protection against this, and should therefor not be punished for what a fraudulent backer did. Amazon should let us keep the money and pay back this money themselves for letting these charges go through. Because again, the way they set their system up, there’s nothing we could do as individuals to prevent it and there still isn’t.
Nintendo should add a StreetPass exchange app
Sometimes people are just not able to StreetPass in other countries because no one has a 3DS nor a relay station nearby.
I have a solution: StreetPass Exchange app. In exchange for play coins earned by walking, you can get a virtual StreetPass from someone in a certain radius of you, system wide. Not just StreetPass Mii Plaza, but your other games as well. You would select the number of StreetPasses you want, then pay with your play coins. After that, using your IP as a baseline for your location, it waits for someone else to buy StreetPasses in the area as well. If it can’t find anyone, it slowly expands the search radius until all purchased Streetpasses have been filled.
This, in combination with StreetPass relay, would make it easier to StreetPass for people in areas with no other 3DS players.
Please make it happen, Nintendo.
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