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Author reward points, one month in

Posted by ckknight Jun 01, 2009 at 23:52 UTC

Hello friends, ckknight here.

We've been calculating points for the author rewards program for one month now. The numbers we had been using to give points was based on an estimate, which, after one month of business, has turned out to be a bit of an overestimate. You may notice that points generated are less than before, because of this.

We expect that, over time, the amount of points will increase as the Curse Premium becomes more popular (likely when the next WoW patch arrives).

I know it's a bit shocking, but authors had been getting roughly 40% of the Curse Premium revenue, now it is dropped to its previously declared 20%, though it is possible that this number may raise over time, mostly dependent on how popular Curse Premium becomes.

Any questions or concerns (from authors) can be addressed in comments to this announcement or by joining us on IRC on irc.freenode.net at #WowAce. I (ckknight) should be able to field any questions.

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Contests for BlizzCon tickets

Posted by ckknight May 22, 2009 at 22:42 UTC

Hey beautiful people, ckknight here.

We at Curse.com are holding three contests for addon authors within the Curse Network (i.e. WowAce and CurseForge). The grand prize for each contest is a BlizzCon ticket. You'll be able to compete in all three contests, but you can only win one BlizzCon ticket total. We're also going to be providing Author Reward Points for runners-up.

Note: for the BlizzCon tickets, we won't be providing travel costs. You'll have to get to California on your own. Also, you need to be at least 18 years old.

The contests will run from now until June 15th, you can submit any time from here until then, and you can also revise your entries up until that point.

You can find the contests at http://beta.wowace.com/contests/. Yes, this is the beta site for WowAce, but it still should work fine, the contests system was easier to make with the new system than having to backport it. CurseForge authors shouldn't have a problem logging in or submitting entries.

We're hoping that by having these coding challenges, it'll be a bit more fun and interesting than giving out tickets to the top 3 authors or holding a simple raffle.

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Premium Subscriptions Temporarily Disabled (FIXED)

Posted by Kaelten May 22, 2009 at 15:24 UTC

I just wanted to let everyone know that we've had to temporarily disable subscription signups for premium. There is a issue with PayPal and we'll have this worked out as soon as possible. Anyone who mistakingly received a canceled subscription email from PayPal will still receive uninterrupted Premium Service for the remainder of your subscription term.

Again, we apologize for any inconvenience and I'll keep you guys updated as things continue.

(UPDATE) This was fixed on saturday, again we apologize for any inconvenience anyone has had.

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Donation Buttons in the Curse Client

Posted by ckknight May 16, 2009 at 00:16 UTC

Hello, friends.

Donation buttons are now part of the Curse Client v3.0.0.5, which is great news for authors (including myself).

As it stands, users need to update the addon in the client in order to see the new donation links, but once that's there, they're quite visible.

Screenshot of the client:

Curse Client with Donation Link

Because the paypal button in the example uses the "Paypal" (non-hosted button) type, it shows up as OneBag3 (from WowAce.com) when clicked on WowAce, OneBag3 (from Curse.com) when clicked on Curse, and OneBag3 (from CurseClient) when clicked from inside the Curse Client. This should allow you to know where your donations are coming from without just guessing.

PayPal donation page

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Curse Premium and Authors

Posted by ckknight Apr 29, 2009 at 17:09 UTC

Hello, friends.

We're launching Curse Premium today and I'm sure some are wondering about the effect that Premium will have on authors.

All authors will have complimentary premium. Yes, this could lead to gaming the system and creating fake projects for the sake of it, but we have a manual approval process, and we will investigate any reports of said gaming. Please, don't ruin it for the real authors. It will be one or two weeks before complimentary premium is provided for authors.

We are also launching our Author Rewards Program (ARP). 20% of the revenue generated from Curse Premium will go towards the ARP. Some of you may have heard about it, but I'll describe it now:

One of the main reasons Curse.com has become so successful is due to the addons it distributes. These addons obviously are created by the addon authors, our content producers. As a way to reward our content producers, we are launching the ARP. We will grant addon and library authors Reward Points (henceforth called points) based on said addon's popularity; for libraries, it will be based on the popularity of the addons using said library.

Points will start accumulating now that premium is launched, but the CurseForge author store will not be available to redeem from until details have been worked out, likely a month from now.

We aren't going to release the full details of the algorithms we use to calculate points, to help limit gaming the system, but the general idea is as such:

  1. Every day at 16:00 UTC, we start the point generation
  2. An addon (or library)'s score is generated with our algorithm.
  3. Score is then compared against all other addons, to calculate the percentage.
  4. We then multiply that percentage by the amount of points we're granting that day, and grant the result to the project.
  5. The points of the project are then subsequently divvied up based on the project manager's reward splits.
  6. Points can then be spent at the CurseForge store to redeem for various items, currently Amazon Gift Cards (we will expand our inventory in the future). Note: we will support some non-United States goods and more may be added on request.

There are some complications with all this, though:

  • If you redeem more than 12000 points in a given year, we will need extra tax information from you. Since this will occur for only a handful of authors, we will work with you on a one-to-one basis.
  • Due to tax issues and the like, there will be a new terms of service agreement that you will have to agree to in order to accrue points. Our lawyers are currently reviewing this and it should be ready soon.
  • For non-United States authors, there may be extra tax issues related, which we should be able to work out on a one-to-one basis. Authors who have already opted-in will have to agree to the new terms of service in order to use the store.

We've already started granting points to authors. To see your points, go to http://www.WowAce.com/home/ and check the bottom-left.

Update: Authors should now have free premium if you have a project with at least 1000 downloads. The 1000 number should hopefully limit gaming the system somewhat. If you have a legitimate addon, getting 1000 downloads should not be hard to do, especially with the number of users that use Curse.

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