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Free Tech Membership at Appliantology

Samurai Appliance Repair Man

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I’m going to explain how you can get a free tech membership here at Appliantology, the premiere online tech support community. 

Hot on the heels of two, free tech memberships here at Appliantology that we announced recently-- the Master Samurai Tech Alumni and Senior Appliantology Fellow programs-- today we're rolling out yet another free tech membership program! This membership gives verified techs free access to most of the tech-only forums and downloading privileges from the Appliance Repair Manual Pot Luck Supper with over 4,300 service manuals and tech sheets (and growing!). 

"Sounds too good to be true. What's the catch?" you ask, warily.

No catch but there are a few limitations. It's easiest to explain this by comparing and contrasting the two tiers of tech memberships here at Appliantology. 

There are two tiers of tech membership at Appliantology: Limited and Premium.

Limited tech members are in the member group Legacy Tech. They have access to the tech-only forums with the exception of the technical training webinar recordings (although they are invited to attend the live webinars). Legacy Techs can download service manuals from the Appliance Repair Pot Luck Supper but they can't post service manual request in the Appliance Service Manual Requests forum and the download speed is limited. Also, Legacy Techs can download only one manual at a time but there is no limit to the number of consecutive downloads. Legacy Techs also have limited access to the private message system. Other than these differences, they are full tech members here at Appliantology.

Premium tech members are in the member groups: Professional Appliantologist, Senior Appliantology Fellow, and Master Samurai Tech Alumni. These groups all have the same access and privileges: unthrottled and unlimited simultaneous downloads, requesting manuals and tech sheets not already in the Downloads section, full access to all tech-only forums including webinar recordings, unlimited access to the private message system and some other goodies. 

"Okay, but why are you giving this away? What's in it for you?" 

My, my-- suspicious much? Call it a dietary vitamin C deficiency compounded by long, sunlight-starved winters in New Hampshire. Call it early onset Alzheimers. Call it coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs. But I hope you're not so coo-coo that you don't recognize a good deal when it's slapping you upside the head! 

My thought in doing this is that it gives professional appliance repair techs a better look at what Appliantology has to offer, and I hope that you'll like what you see enough to stick around and either pay for a Professional Appliantologist membership or earn an Appliantology Fellowship by participating. Plain as that. 

"Okay, how do I hop on this gravy train?" 

I thought you'd never ask! First, register for a free Grasshopper (non-tech) account. Then send in the form below to request a free upgrade to a Legacy Tech account.

 

 

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Samurai Appliance Repair Man

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Here's a rare video with all of Team Samurai explaining the various tech membership options at Appliantology: 

 

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Lighthouse

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If you qualify for both Senior Appliantology Fellow, and Master Samurai Tech Alumni Is there any advantage of one over the other?

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Samurai Appliance Repair Man

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Great question, Brother @Lighthouse!

Both member groups have the same access and privileges at the site.

Only difference is in the term of membership for each group. 

The MST Alumni membership is an annual membership meaning it automatically expires at the end of the term and you request to be reinstated. As long as you’re active at the site (roughly 2:1 posts to downloads ratio) this is a formality and reinstatement is guaranteed. This will need to be repeated annually at the end of the member term. 

The Fellowship is an indefinite membership term that does not automatically expire. However, a condition of the Fellowship is continued activity at the site (again, roughy 2:1). If someone earns a Fellowship then conspicuously becomes inactive, the Fellowship is in jeopardy of being withdrawn. We would attempt to communicate with the Fellow via PM prior to this. 

It’s completely within the membership flow for someone to be an MST Alumni member for a term or several and then to have acquired sufficient seniority and posts to request a Fellowship. You, for example! If you’d like to request a Fellowship, head on over here: https://appliantology.org/blogs/entry/1009-the-senior-appliantology-fellowship-program/

 

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