Oh, please, PLEASE, dA, make this one happen! I'd give anything to never have to be premium again. The guilt keeps me awake at night. And besides, I like banner ads.
Most people seem to think it's crazy to dislike gifts. So, for those of you who think so, I am not crazy. I simply care about my friends, and want one of them to enjoy the gift instead.
At present, the refund policy doesn't allow premium memberships to be transferred because the admins believe it would be fraudulent to remove a gift that someone else paid for. Well, here's my point of view, which takes several people's sides into account: It's not a crime if the victim approves of it. In fact, in this case, it's generosity. Likewise, if a very kind person told their friend, "Just take anything you want from my house," that would be giving, not stealing.
My friend says it's noble of me to feel this way. She says it's the same principle as straight couples who refuse to get married until gay couples are allowed to.
Besides, this policy makes no sense, when you think logically about it. You can refuse gifts in the real world, so why not here? You can regift points, so why not premium memberships? Sorry about the long comment.
Well obviously, there's that. But since a premium-transfer doesn't exist, it seems to me the last thing you do when considering changing accounts is buying a 3+ month subscription. Just sayin'. If you're going to move accounts, but it still as a subscription, then just give the old account to the friend.
And I seem to recall you were going to give YOUR account to a friend, but judging by your journals, that didn't work out too well. Enjoying your beta-testing status?
I believe a contributing factor to it changing was because you can now change your username so easily. So changing accounts doesn't seem as convenient for many people. If you'd like to clean your gallery, you can simply reupload all of your old work to your sta.sh, delete the old deviations, and change your name. That will successfully allow you to pursue a new more professional image if that's your intention.
The issue is that changing accounts normally is not for that intention. It's for things like drama, or just wanting to experiment and see if starting over you can amass the same amount of "dA Fame" as before. And for reasons like those, you have the Help Desk. Which you can contact and request most of your PM transferred over, or given to another member.
1. dA does not make any money off of it.If people transfer their memberships whenever they want to, that means less money for dA to make off memberships. They rather you buy two memberships than transfer the membership. Also, right now, they might not be able to do so.
2. People can hack and steal your membership.If people can hack other people's account and deactivate it, who's to say they will not transfer your membership to their main? This also will probably get more people to hack said accounts.
3. What if you don't like your new account? Whouldn't that be a waste? I mean seriously their have been people who would go to a different account only for them not to like their new account.
4. Too much of a hassle. In order for you to transfer your membership, you would have to put in a ticket them wait for someone to reply, depending on how backlogged the help desk is, then they would have to take your membership and put it on the new one. This ends up taking long because of others wanting to transfer their memberships too.
It was doable before, and why should I have to pay more when I have already given them money for my previous account?
That's why there should be a security question, like most sites have done.
It was done in the past, and I have never had any issues with it before. I have never seen people complain about their account getting hacked and then the membership being transferred over to the hacker's account.