SUGGESTION: Transfer/consolidate Ad Program earnings between accounts

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  1. EmpressFelicity profile image68
    EmpressFelicityposted 10 years ago

    Dear HP staff

    Like many people here, I have more than one account. And also like many people here, I have experienced major traffic losses across the board and have therefore accumulated a certain amount in Ad Program earnings but nowhere near enough in any one account to reach payout.

    I was therefore wondering if you'd consider allowing us to either consolidate our Ad Program earnings into one account, or letting people do transfers (in the same way that you can transfer money between bank accounts). To prevent people from going mad with this feature, you could perhaps limit the number of transfers per person to - say - five a year.

    Another option would be perhaps to reduce the payout threshold to something like $30 rather than $50 as it is at present. Or let people set their own payout thresholds.

    1. MickiS profile image75
      MickiSposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I investigated this one further. Our system for payments from the ad program was originally conceived on the assumption of a 1-1 ratio for a user's real name to an account on HubPages for everything from a balance history, paypal account, tax forms, security questions, etc.

      It's a very large and rather complex re-write to make it so that multiple user accounts could be tied to same real person for payout.

      I will leave this as a suggestion on the forum, but I will be honest in saying that it is unlikely to ever be implemented.

      Thank you very much for making the suggestion. I wish there was an easy answer for you.

      1. lrohner profile image71
        lrohnerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        So... You're saying it's never going to happen but you'll give us all a lollipop by keeping it out here in the forum? I suspect you're also the one going into the forums and changing titles of posts -- some as simple as "FIXED" or "SUGGESTIONS," and some a bit more?

        Not a good start, Micki. Not good.

        I can't speak for everyone, but I would much rather see "not gonna happen" than your response.

        Personally, I miss the Maddie days. She's always been a straight shooter in my book.

        1. MickiS profile image75
          MickiSposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          My changing of the titles in the thread....if you bothered to read the intended to show people that their ideas have been heard and to provide some status as to where they stand.

          SUGGESTION: This means, I have read the post. I hear your idea. I'm investigating it, and as soon as I have an update, I post as much as I know as to where it stands.

          IMPLEMENTED: Means, we done it. It's on the site.

          Resolved: Means that someone made a suggestion, but the feature already exists.

          Suggestions are stickied, so that before someone posts an idea, they can see if  it's already been suggested, so that I don't have to read through duplicates.

          I am being a straight shooter. My response to this suggestion was honest: it's very hard. We may do it some day, but not in the near future because we have too few engineers and too many other things to do.

          1. Marisa Wright profile image92
            Marisa Wrightposted 10 years agoin reply to this

            Makes sense to me, however I'm concerned the list of stickies is getting so long, new requests are getting lost. 

            For instance, I posted a suggestion for a "Buy it Now" option for eBay capsules. This has been suggested before, and always attracted support from experienced eBay-ers like Relache and others - but this time, nothing.  I'm wondering if it's so far down the page, it's not being noticed.

            1. MickiS profile image75
              MickiSposted 10 years agoin reply to this

              hmm. Ok. Maybe I won't sticky them. Just add 'suggestion.' I'm still experimenting with the right format that is usable for the Community, and still allows me to keep track of which suggestions are new and which I've seen and responded to.

              I'll work on this later this week (as I'm actually on a vacation day today!).

              1. Marisa Wright profile image92
                Marisa Wrightposted 10 years agoin reply to this

                I understand the difficulty!   Maybe we need a new "Archive" forum, where closed topics could be moved to?  Just a thought, I can see it's complicated to find a solution that works.

      2. melbel profile image94
        melbelposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Boo! Totally understandable, though. tongue I can see why it'd be really difficult.

        I'm in the middle of a programming project right now where, well, I personally didn't account for a specific feature that is important/required, but is such a yucky mistake that I essentially have to start from scratch... write the ENTIRE program over again. If it weren't a must-have feature, I would avoid restructuring like the plague. Architecture is not my strong suit (unfortunately... although I do enjoy the challenge.) So, yeah, I'm doing that and let me tell you, I am so mad at myself for it. It's my fault, though, for not writing my code in modules.... it's one_huge_program.rb that is only broken up into methods. Tant pis...

        and I'm getting aside myself. Anyway, thank you for your answer and welcome to the team. tongue

        1. MickiS profile image75
          MickiSposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          I do not envy you, melbel. You get my sympathies, for sure!

      3. EmpressFelicity profile image68
        EmpressFelicityposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        OK, fair enough... how about my other suggestion, that of reducing the payout threshold or letting people fix their own payout thresholds?

        That one's well within the realms of possibility, because I know of at least one other site that does it.

      4. Marisa Wright profile image92
        Marisa Wrightposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        I'm not quite sure I understand this statement. Do you mean that if it was impossible, you'd actually delete the suggestion?  Surely not?  It's important, surely, that even impractical suggestions stay listed, so people can search to see if something has been asked before.   

        Perhaps we need some other way to "archive" old suggestions which have been either resolved or declined, otherwise the stickies at the top of the thread are going to get w-a-a-a-a-y out of control?

        1. MickiS profile image75
          MickiSposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          Let me talk to the ad team and see if we can reduce the payout threshold.

          Marisa, I interpret EmpressFilicity as saying, "it would best if we could consolidate account, but if that's not going to happen soon, how about a compromise, lower the threshold?"

          In any case, that might be possible sooner. I will investigate and let everyone know.

          1. EmpressFelicity profile image68
            EmpressFelicityposted 10 years agoin reply to this

            That would be great - thanks.

  2. Aficionada profile image86
    Aficionadaposted 10 years ago

    Fortunately for your long-term career at HubPages, MickiS, there are others of us - well, one other of us at the very least lol! - who appreciate your methods just fine.  There's lots of room in the world and on the internet for variety.  Different strokes for different folks.

    1. lrohner profile image71
      lrohnerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Don't get on yer high horse. None of us have any impact on any HP employee's career -- whether long-term or short-term. If that was even a remote possibility, I can think of at least one employee that would have been history by now. smile

      If you appreciate someone patting you on the back and kicking you in the a** at the same time, so be it. If you don't take offense to someone coming into the forums and changing the title of your posts to suit their needs, no problem.

      I don't like it, but even more so, I don't think it's necessary. We're not stupid -- well, one other of us at the very least, lol

  3. Aficionada profile image86
    Aficionadaposted 10 years ago

    Wow, just wow.

    In the interest of not being banned from the forums tonight, I am making a very quick exit and hope I won't see you again real soon.

    But I do appreciate your acknowledgement that I'm not stupid.  Thanks for that portion of your straight-shooting.  big_smile

    1. MickiS profile image75
      MickiSposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Aficionada, thank you for the kind response.


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