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  1. I just wanted to update everyone who is also having the same problem on this. We've recently decided to begin using Donor Box, and it is exactly what we have been looking for. It is very lightweight, integrates with Stripe and Paypal directly, and also has support for custom API connections. Which means it can still technically be linked to an IPS community forum, with a little effort. Users enter their credit card information, and subscriptions are active by default. It also has support for both one time and recurring donations. For anyone who is also having this issue and looking for a solution, I believe we may have found ours here. https://donorbox.org/ Cheers!
  2. Well I think we've had trouble communicating exactly what I was wanting from the beginning of all this, but to sum up... I don't really mind which solution I use (either Stripe or IPS's internal soluton) as long as I'm able to find a solution that allows us to do what we need. However I understand your points, and your perspective makes sense. I've already had a third party developer create a plugin that does what you describe (you might already be aware of that) however ultimately if it isn't a native solution... I just don't think it will work out very well. It breaks with updates, and never really worked cleanly... and what we need most for a checkout process is for everything to be clean. So creating a custom plugin isn't really an option I think. We had a plugin which forced the tick box to be selected... yet still somehow when people went through checkout, the card still wasn't saved. I'll think about your feedback, and figure out where to go from there. I understand your points on fraud, and that definitely is a legitimate concern. It is something we've dealt with as well, although we had issues with users attempting to file charge-backs in order to steal digital product keys... so a slightly different more malicious practice. Would be nice if there was just a credit card solution similar to Paypal billing agreements. I don't mind Paypal billing agreements, but it seems like only allowing Paypal loses us a considerable number of potential supporters who prefer credit card.
  3. Here is Stripe's documentation on how to set something like this up. https://stripe.com/docs/recipes/subscription-signup This is all I need. I just need a payment processing gateway option for IPS that allows me to use this native functionality.
  4. I appreciate this answer, and it's the most in-depth and comprehensive answer I've gotten on this topic so far. So I appreciate that, and your feelings on the matter make sense. However with that said, Stripe has it's own support for recurring payments. Stripe's recurring payments system has all the support I need, and was the system I used previously (before I moved to IPS) to accept recurring payments. If IPS isn't interested in supporting automated recurring payments in the way I need... why am I not allowed to use Stripe's own recurring payments solution? I'm not as much frustrated that IPS doesn't support what I want... but that it is specifically barring me from using Stripe's native functionality that does. I actually still have a few legacy subscriptions from users who still support our community through this system before we switched to IPS. I understand you disagree with handling recurring credit card subscriptions like this... but I don't really understand why it's a matter of how anyone feels about it. My account is approved for subscriptions through Stripe, just as it is approved for billing agreements with Paypal. Why do you not have support for Stripe subscriptions? If you don't want to support the features I want... why am I not allowed to use other services that do? I don't really understand this. I'm not asking you to add features you don't want to add. I'm asking you to please let us use native features of our existing payment processors that do what you don't want to do. You wouldn't have to store credit care information, or handle anything in regards to a user... it would all be handled by Stripe. How does that implicate IPS at all? How is that any different from Paypal billing agreements? If I am already approved to use these features by Stripe... why is it IPS's concern whether I should be able to use it?
  5. Oh I see... So I'm primarily interested in using this for the webhook integration, but I really want to use it for multiple servers. Do you think you could develop a webhook integration to support multiple servers? I have multiple projects that I'd like to forward our support and suggestion threads to their respective servers. Also could you implement a functionality to also push updates for each forum post, not just new topics? That'd be great. Just let me know!
  6. Bump. Please fix this. Until this is fixed Patreon and other platforms will always remain a better subscription based platform than Invision Power Suite.
  7. I've attempted something like that, but it confuses users. They just want to track their subscription tier and subsequent rewards through a single simple portal, similar to Patreon. By creating a collection of products that all affect tier, that undermines that simplicity.
  8. I don't really know how to explain it to you, but I can assure you that wouldn't be an issue. Let me just try to explain it like this. We're a gaming community. We host servers, and we make games and mods for games. As a perk, we also bundle keys for games with our supporter ranks. So for instance, at Rank I (5$) you get a bundled key for Insurgency (roughly a 10$ game.) At Rank II (10$) you get a key for Space Engineers (roughly a 20$ game.) And so on. So if someone purchases a Rank I subscription, they get Insurgency. Then if they try to "upgrade" at a discounted price, they get Space Engineers for only 5$ instead of 10$. People exploit this to get cheaper keys, and farm our site for cheap keys... and then resell them on a greymarket site like G2A. I don't know why you can't just have it as an option. I can assure you we know our audience and our business. We would like to have a full price upgrade option. It is the only option for the kinds of products we are selling, and the services we are providing.
  9. Because if a user made a new purchase, the user would then be subscribed to two packages instead of upgrading or downgrading from the one they are on. I want them to be able to upgrade or downgrade their package, but I want them to pay full price so they can't exploit the system to receive discounted perks.
  10. Hi, I just wanted to make a post talking about a serious problem with IPS forums, and that is the credit card integration with Stripe for recurring payments. Currently purchasing a subscription through IPS with a credit card requires the user to manually store credit card information on the website. Not only is this option disabled by default for many users, but also in general... this undermines the reliability of recurring payments as a revenue source. Many of my users aren't even aware that they have not setup automated billing, and need to manually repay for a new invoice. When compared to Patreon, Twitch, Youtube, or even Facebook's recurring payment solutions... IPS Forums is sadly considerably less reliable simply because of this one issue. I would like to please ask for the option to require a user to store credit card information in order to purchase a recurring subscription. If a credit card has not been stored, I'd prefer to stop the user from purchasing a subscription what-so-ever... or if a credit card is removed from storage, I'd like to automatically unsubscribe that user from all services they are currently subscribed to. This is currently how Patreon/Twitch/Youtube/Facebook/etc all currently work, and if it would be possible to get the same functionality for IPS... I think I would use it more often. Thanks!
  11. I offer rewards for my different subscriber tiers. There should be the option to charge "full price" for an upgrade. Otherwise users are able to upgrade at no charge and then cancel their supporter tier before it renews in order to steal products from me. Without this I'm forced to not allow upgrades or downgrades, which is annoying. Please allow the ability to charge full price for upgrades and downgrades.
  12. Spotify integration appears to be broken again
  13. Also for some strange reason there is only one person per entire page... and also the approve button seems to be missing pretty often?
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