VIP blogs and upgrades

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  • #113815

    raincoaster
    Member

    If you get VIP blog status, do you automatically get the upgrades as well, or do you still have to buy them?

    #114054

    sulz
    Member

    i should think the upgrades are automatic, being charged $250 a month!

    #114057

    raincoaster
    Member

    That’s what I thought as well, but I’d like to know for sure. I’m tired of reporting for advertising blogs that turn out to be VIPs. If I could tell by their upgrades whether or not they were VIPs, it would save time and hassle. Actually, there should be a list, you’d think.

    #114060

    sulz
    Member

    or maybe the vip blogs should insert a button that says they are.

    #114075

    I’d think it would be pretty clear any WP.com blog with ads on it would be a VIP one. I mean any other blog has the code auto striped put of it.

    #114078

    sulz
    Member

    i just saw one blog putting a ppp image.

    #114079

    wank
    Member

    Apart from getting tied into the tagging system, I think VIP blogs pretty much get the sort of setup they would if they were paying for hosting anywhere else. I do agree, though, that there should be more transparency about which blogs are which.

    #114080

    mark
    Staff

    Do report all PPP please!

    #114082

    drmike
    Member

    Oh drop me an email and I’ll yell at them in the PPP forums. :)

    A quick way to check for vip status is take a look at where their css is coming from. They usually mention a vip subdirectory.

    #114281

    raincoaster
    Member

    tiamatsdisciple, I find blogs with ads all the time, just not Adsense ads. Some have obvious upgrades, some don’t, but the mere presence of ads doesn’t mean it’s a VIP blog; most blogs with ads aren’t, they’re just ToS violating blogs, knowingly or not.

    Dr Mike, where exactly does one look for that information? I hit View Source and I get what looks like War and Peace in hexadecimal…is there a specific spot I should be looking?

    #114288

    drmike
    Member

    Look to see where the CSS file for the theme is coming from. It’s usually within teh first ten lines with the meta stuff.

    We should all just become VIPs and see what we get. I wonder if they get the good BBQ at the meetup. ;)

    #114289

    hear that folks drmike is paying for everyone to get the upgrades to VIP status!!!

    #114290

    drmike
    Member

    *snort* I’m sitting here eating free doughnuts and coffee in the student union and talking to some incoming freshman’s parents.

    Shhhhh……

    The powered ones are pretty good.

    #114297

    timethief
    Member

    @drmike
    I ask the same question rain did above:

    Dr Mike, where exactly does one look for that information? I hit View Source and I get what looks like War and Peace in hexadecimal… is there a specific spot I should be looking?

    #114299

    drmike
    Member

    See up a couple posts.

    I’ll post an example shortly. I should move over to the library.

    #114300

    devblog
    Member

    Right after:

    <meta name="generator" content="WordPress.com" />

    There should be a ‘link’ tag, something like these:

    <link rel="stylesheet" href="http://s.wordpress.com/wp-content/themes/pub/freshy/style.css" type="text/css" media="screen" title="Freshy"/>

    So, what drmike is saying, is that if someone has VIP status, somewhere in the CSS path there should be a vip subdirectory… something like this:

    <link rel="stylesheet" href="http://s.wordpress.com/wp-content/themes/vip/freshy/style.css" type="text/css" media="screen" title="Freshy"/>

    #114301

    drmike
    Member

    Pretty much. Here’s the lolcat example:

    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://s-ssl.wordpress.com/wp-content/themes/vip/icanhascheezburger/style.css?1" type="text/css" media="screen" />

    I also note that they have their own favicon in there as well and that’s a /vip/ link as well.

    #114302

    timethief
    Member

    @devblog and drmike
    Thanks – gottcha.

    #114312

    raincoaster
    Member

    Ah, thanks. You get free coffee and powdered donuts, eh? Wow, you Americans and your coddling by a government who simply wants to keep you stuffed with carbs and complascent…Ever wonder what that powder IS, Dr Mike? Hmmm? T’aint food.

    #114314

    drmike
    Member

    You get free coffee and powdered donuts, eh?

    Um, no. I don’t know anything about any coffee and doughtnuts. ;)

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