[bksvol-discuss] Re: a sort of raise for validators

I don't know how many subscribers there are, but I believe I was told a few
months back that Bookshare has over 4000 members now, so call it less than
1.5%.

Of course, when yu stop to remember that Bookshare is a nonprofit which
isn't self-sufficient yet, you want that number to be low.  That doesn't
mean that the opportunity isn't availabel for those who wish to take
advantage of it, though.  Only that few people do take advantage of earning
a free subscription.

Gerald

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From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of E.
Sent: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 11:50 AM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: a sort of raise for validators

60 people is what percentage of the total number subscribing?

I did market research and survey design for over twenty years.  Old habits 
die hard.

(grin)
E.
At 12:14 PM 9/26/2006, you wrote:

>Lora,
>
>According to the December 2005 newsletter, more than 60 people earned a
free
>subscription last year, and over 200 reduced last year's subscription fee.
>
>HTH
>
>Gerald
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Lora
>Sent: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 7:22 AM
>To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: a sort of raise for validators
>
>On the number who have earned memberships, I only grabbed a number I saw in
>an Email yesterday, so I cannot guarantee its reliability.
>
>And if there is a way to donate my credits, please let me know.  There was
a
>time when $50 to renew a yearly membership was something I could not
afford,
>but that time is not now.
>
>Lora
>
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Monica Willyard
>Sent: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 6:12 AM
>To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: a sort of raise for validators
>
>Hi, Lora.  I see your point.  No, I wouldn't rush through a validation, and
>the more I think about it, the more I know I'd still be helping out here.
I
>came here for credits, but it really isn't why I stay.  I know I only get
>fifty cents for validations, but I treat those books with as much care as
my
>own scans.  I wouldn't want anyone to rush through a validation just for
>credits.  You're right though that a person would be more likely to rush
his
>or her work with the fifty cent deal since it takes more books to earn
>credit that way.
>
>I'm a little confused on where this number is coming from that only a few
>people pay for their membership with credits.  I know I saw a blurb about
>quite a few people who had earned their memberships in a newsletter that
>Gustavo sent out this past spring.  I thought I saw something like 20
people
>had earned memberships over the period of a few months.  I didn't save it
>since the rest of the information wasn't something I needed for later
>reference.  Does anyone else remember this, or have I been dreaming up
>numbers in my sleep-deprived state?
>
>Monica Willyard
>
>On Tuesday 9/26/2006 07:15 AM, you wrote:
> >Hi Monica,
> >
> >I do understand that some people validate for credits, and there's
> >nothing at all wrong with that.  On the other hand, many of the people
> >on this list, yourself included, strike me as dedicated, and willing to
> >do a good job for Bookshare at the same time.  Originally, Evan I think
> >it was, said that by offering more money, people would just rush
> >through their validations to get the credits.  Although this may be
> >true for some, I still find it hard to believe that most volunteers
> >would do that.  Didn't someone say that only seven people paid for their
>memberships through their volunteer efforts?
> >
> >On the other hand, I'd rather see the pay scale changed entirely.
> >Perhaps
> >$2 for submissions, and $1 for validation, would balance the scales
> >more equably.
> >
> >This would balance so that 25 submissions, or 50 validations, would pay
> >for a renewal of membership.
> >
> >And if offering more for validations would cause people to race through
> >a validation, offering less would seem to encourage people to race even
> >faster.  After all, if I'll only make fifty cents per validation, that
> >means I'll have to validate 100 books to get through the renewal
> >process.  Better validate real fast!
> >
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Monica
> >Willyard
> >Sent: Monday, September 25, 2006 10:50 PM
> >To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: a sort of raise for validators
> >
> >Hi, Cindy.  I have a scanner and use Openbook to scan.  What I was
> >trying to say is that without credits, I wouldn't do much on the
> >validating side of things.  As it is, I do validation both for the
> >credit and because we have a pretty hefty step 1 page right now.  Lora
> >was talking about not validating for credits, and that is what I was
> >responding to.  (smile)
> >
> >Monica Willyard
> >
> >On Monday 9/25/2006 11:34 PM, you wrote:
> > >Monica,
> > >
> > >One gets so much more monetary credit for scanning, and all you'd
> > >really have to do after a scan is to check the copyright page and put
> > >the right info in the submission form; go through the book and be
> > >sure no pages have been omitted (we've all done that, and
> > >double-scanned a page, too); and delete junk characters; and run a
> > >spell-check. So you validate because you don't have a scanner? I
> > >think some can be had relatively inexpensively and it might pay you n
the
>long run.
> > >
> > >I don't blame you at all for validating for the credits. I probably
> > >would work for the credits, too. I admit that in my lifetime I have
> > >volunteered my time and efforts rather than donated money, not only
> > >because I feel I'm being useful but because I don't have that much
> > >money to donate. smile
> > >
> > >Cindy
> >
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