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Profile Benefactor's Aura

Here's something to maybe make people feel good about themselves, a Supporter power level Profile Aura.

What do I mean by a profile aura in this case? I mean a simple, non-obtrusive indicator of a supporter's power level.

How's a supporter's power level determined? Three factors, one of which also hinges on the ability to give another person cohost Plus!

Metric 1 - Is it Yearly, or Monthly?
This is simple. Is this person slapping down 50 dollars a year, or 5 dollars a month to the amazing eggbug website?

Metric 2 - How long have they been doing it?
This one's a bit less simple. While we can start with a minimum of 'This person has just started supporting' and 'has at some point in time forked over cold hard cash to support this site' the upper limit has to be set to keep it from getting too addicting. The longer they've been supporting at the rate they've been supporting at, the more 'Intense' or 'Radiant' or what-have-you their Aura will be.

Metric 3 (Optional, might not even be a good idea, it's up to Staff) - Has this person given cohost Plus! to other people?
This one's easier than the last, but also, the effects of which if this feature ever gets implemented will also have to be weighed. Should it even have an effect? Should be a separate item to the aura? Adjacent to it? A streak multiplier? 


this is a pretty shoddy mockup of what it could look like because I just came up with this and I don't have any proficiency in a photo editing program that isn't just a different version of MSpaint. Hell, maybe this might even be the aesthetic you'd want to go for.

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I'm personally more in favor of something that doesn't like... gamify subscription amounts or streaks, like a single small "patron of eggbug" profile badge for all Plus users. Maybe there could be a separate badge for gifting, but I'd prefer the actual Plus badge to be the same regardless of amount spent or time subscribed.

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I really don't want people having an easy way to know whether or not I'm part of Plus!, or to be pressured to enable a conspicuous cosmetic effect, and i definitely don't want my Plus! status to leak to alt pages (as it narrows down options whom the page might belong to).

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I like the idea but also agree with Aria on it being a potential privacy issue. I'd feel much more comfortable if it was optional. I'm not sold on the idea of different levels, and I really strongly dislike a yearly vs. monthly distinction.

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I don't like the idea of people who pay yearly looking more important than people who pay monthly (especially since monthly subscribers actually pay ten dollars more if they stay subbed a whole year), or turning it into some kinda snapchat streak. The extra icon shapes are fine, aren't they? Not too intrusive, opt-in, etc.

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I feel very strongly against this being a feature, period

Class segregation is shitty

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 i don't feel like it is helpful to see other peoples' subscription status in any way, shape or form.

more: the main reason why i enjoy cohost so much so far was because it appears like we are all the same tier of user. there is staff and there are users. allthough even staff feels more like users than on other sites.

no bosses, no blue checkmarks, no levels, just REGULAR people talking to each other: perfection

Intensity of aura could be totally random depending on the day and include a randomized fortune and/or accompanying power level/buff description on hover and somewhere in bio. Under username perhaps. Ofc totally option check box/option in profile similar to Cohost plus squircle
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