Help Keep TidBITS Vibrant in 2021

Originally published at: Help Keep TidBITS Vibrant in 2021 - TidBITS

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When I got this email I checked my account which comes up for renewal on December 9th. Rather than wait for a renewal notice, I figured I would just go to my account and renew now. That doesn’t seem possible - maybe because you have my credit card number and will automatically charge me at my current ($50) level - which is OK. I think in the past I have renewed early but it doesn’t seem possible now.


It speaks volumes of your social responsibility that you include the following statement.


@ace, any chance you could incorporate a boost link through Apple Pay or something else that doesn’t require PayPal? I’m trying to avoid PP these days, but I’d be happy to send you guys a small donation through another channel to show my continued appreciation. :slight_smile:


Yes, I think that’s the case. With the automatic renewal, we’re using Stripe’s subscription processing, so it will automatically renew on December 15th, and I don’t believe there’s any way to pre-empt that. But no worries—it will just happen!

Thank you. I really do mean what I said in the article, too. We need to make sure we’re paying our people and our bills and earning a living, but realistically we have no problems compared to so many people and small businesses out there. We should be further down the priority list for those who can help others.

I can’t find any way to do Apple Pay via something as simple as a link, but what about Apple Pay Cash to :slight_smile:

Thanks for asking about this, since it triggered me to go research Apple Pay support in Paid Memberships Pro, something I’ve been asking them about for years now. Turns out they just released it a month ago, so I’m checking with my developer to see if it’s an easy install. That won’t change the Boost TidBITS button, but some people will really like it.

Thanks a bunch for mentioning the TidBITS member page. I had no idea we had software discounts in becoming a member! Now that I no longer have any discount benefits available to me as an Apple employee, it’s nice to know these exist. :blush:

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That’s a very generous sentiment, Adam, well done!

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Perfect solution. Done. :slight_smile:

Maybe you can find some way to advertise that on your boost page in case there’s others that prefer Apple Cash to PayPal. Thanks BTW for the suggestion. That finally got me to add my new debit card to my Apple Wallet. I had completely forgot about that.

My only hesitation is that then I’d get sucked into having even more great Messages conversations with readers like we just did. :slight_smile:

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Fair point. :laughing: Apologies. :wink:

I’ve enabled Apple Pay for TidBITS memberships now. However, I don’t recommend using it for the membership levels with variable pricing if you change the suggested amount. There seems to be an issue with Apple Pay wanting to pay the suggested amount regardless of what you enter instead. Still trying to work through that.

If you use Apple Pay for your membership, let us know how it goes!

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Where is the membership link? > Account

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Got it — and with Apple Pay; thanks!