I’ve come to notice the SGA site is making the same membership title mistakes a certain art site did, an art site which was recently sold off and still hasn’t learned or recovered. Member titles are small details, but make a world of difference.
Some types of member titles on the SGC site, past and present:
*All Access. This title is confusing because one tends to think all-access means that something is open and available to all. Visitors get confused, thinking most of the content is free and open to all, for all time.
*Founding Member. This title is of little interest to prospective new buyers, as it is something they are not able to obtain and they will ignore it or cry sour grapes. It alienates geoblocked fans who are want to buy but who are unable. It reduces its image of freshness and its the contrast to GateWorld, which intimates new members with its long history and members who have amassed thousands of posts and custom avatars.
*Original Gater. Same sticking points as Founding Member along with internal confusion even among existing customers as to what it is.
*Symbols and badges. Same sticking points as Founding Member along with internal confusion even among existing customers as to what it is.
*Airman thru Ascended titles. OK, they are earned and not paid for or geoblocked, but skewed toward extroverts by favoring those who post on the forum over introverts who could be rewarded with canon knowledge in the quizzes. There should be more ways for introverts to ascend.
A better solution for the paid titles:
*A simple “Premium Membership” text, in both profiles of paid subscribers and locked content, which is also be a link which visitors can click to learn how to purchase the product. This would signal to prospective buyers that the product is available and ready to purchase in a consistent and clear manner of exactly what the subscription benefits are.
Memberships are traditionally paid with annual dues, and so this would reduce the confusion about lifetime access.
The premium membership product should be available globally, for all to purchase and it would lower feelings of alienation among those past geoblocked and/or new to the fandom or site, as it would be understood to be a product to be purchased on a yearly, continual basis and is not a statement about members themselves.