Earlier this year I surveyed members on a range of potential changes to membership content and delivery. I’m now ready to move forward on those, starting 1 July.
I’ll talk more about the changes to member content in a couple of days – the short version is Stories tier is unchanged, Premium tier is going to move to a rolling library of 18 e-books, plus all novels, plus all premium collections.
But today I’m talking about moving to Dropbox.
If you’re a member, you should have already received your invitation to Dropbox at your primary email address. If you’re a member and you haven’t received your invite, please email me ASAP at email@example.com, give me enough information to identify you as a member, and let me know what email I should send it to.
Up to now, member content has been delivered via Google Drive, which had a number of shortcomings:
* It required a Google account to use.
* I was eventually going to run into an upper limit on how many people I could share to.
* It wasn’t great about protecting the privacy of users vis-a-vis other users.
* Its system of invites for those without Google email addresses wasn’t very transparent for me in managing access to the content.
Therefore we’re moving to Dropbox.
For the remainder of June, I will be mirroring all content to both Google Drive and Dropbox. You should be able to find all relevant content on both services.
From 1 July, I will terminate access to Google Drive. All member content will be delivered exclusively via Dropbox.
Here’s what you should and shouldn’t be able to do with Dropbox.
You SHOULD be able to:
* See all content you’re entitled to.
* Download any content you can see to your own computer and keep it.
You SHOULD NOT be able to:
* Edit, delete or move content within my Dropbox folders.
* Upload new content to my Dropbox folders.
* Grant access to additional users.
* See any information about other users.
Please let me know if you find any exception to any of the above so I can rectify it ASAP.
If the change to Dropbox impacts you in some way, I’d like to hear about it to make sure you’re not out of pocket. Please contact me if you are in this situation.
If experienced Dropbox users have any tips or tricks to help me use Dropbox more efficiently or attractively, I’m keen to hear those too.
And once again – if you’re a member, and you haven’t received an invite, please email me ASAP. All feedback, issues or other comments can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
PS: Sorry about any confusion arising from the Dropbox emails referring to “Abnagarth Frustell”. One of several old fake names attached to accounts that I hadn’t realised was still hanging around. Fixed for the future.
– All These Roadworks
23 June 2020