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Revised: 08/03/2019 3:43 a.m.

  • Aug. 3, 2019, 2:44 a.m.
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Hey everyone,

Huge huge day today many months (years?) in the making! That’s right! Prosebox subscriptions are here. What does that entail? You can read more in my recent site update.

You can subscribe by clicking “Learn more” on the banner above, or by clicking here. If you click “No thanks” that banner will disappear for 30 days. I might tweak that if you all find it annoying.

Do keep in mind that for the moment subscription activation is manual on my side, so it may take up to 24 hours.


Update: Looks like the “No thanks” on the banner is broken at the moment. Working to fix this, bear with me. That is not intentional.

Update, round 2: Fixed! So sorry about that. Special shout-out to my developer for troubleshooting that and pushing out an emergency fix from a traffic jam in rural Louisiana.

Since I’m getting some questions about payment processing (and can’t update the subscription page right now because aforementioned developer is on the road for the next 8 hours), here’s what I’ll be putting on that page:

How do you handle payment processing?
I’m using a third party service called Chargebee for all emails, invoicing, management, and Stripe is handling all of the security. They’re the biggest game in town for that kind of thing, none of your sensitive info will ever touch the PB servers. None of what you are seeing is code that I wrote, it’s all handled by third parties to make sure your sensitive info is secure. All I can see is username and email address.

Let me know if you have any questions or issues, happy to answer in the comments or via email.

Mochi’s celebrating:
giraffe mochi


Last updated August 03, 2019

cricket_factor August 03, 2019

I just subscribed! Thank you, Josh!

Amelie's Twin August 03, 2019

Thanks! However I just tried clicking No Thanks and the banner didn't go away.

josh Amelie's Twin ⋅ August 03, 2019

Uh oh. Looking into that..

josh Amelie's Twin ⋅ August 03, 2019

Aaaand fixed! Whew, that was annoying. Sorry about that.

Amelie's Twin josh ⋅ August 03, 2019

Thanks for the quick fix!

sassafras August 03, 2019

Woo hoo! I subscribed. Thanks Josh!

InHisGrip August 03, 2019

Subscribed! Yay!

PseudoSuperhero August 03, 2019

Yaaaasssss! So exciting! Thank you, Josh!

EvequeFou August 03, 2019

Yay! Off to check the budget.

I would note that the gray-on-white text for the subscription options is super difficult to read. Maybe consider restyling that.

josh EvequeFou ⋅ August 03, 2019 (edited August 03, 2019)


Aw heck, I forgot to test dark mode

EvequeFou August 03, 2019

Follow-on questions:

  • Per previous donation question, what will appear on the charge line? Not everyone wants the people they share a credit card with to go find Prosebox.
  • It asks for a username and an e-mail address, but the e-mail address is already what we sign in with. Is it asking for the e-mail address again? The profile name, which is changeable?
  • You don't get to this page unless you're signed in. Unless you're doing a gift subscription... doesn't it already have the user's account info? Why even ask?
josh EvequeFou ⋅ August 03, 2019

• I put some thought into this and went with "PBSUB"
• You're technically creating a new account on a 3rd party payment processor (Chargebee), which I used so I didn't have to handle any of the incredibly tricky security required to collect payment in a responsible way. You can make the email address whatever you like, the only thing I'm using to apply the subscription is the username.
• Because that's tough and I'm not a developer. I'm hoping to make this whole thing a lot more seamless once I have the financial resources to do so.

EvequeFou josh ⋅ August 03, 2019

All fair answers. 😉 So the username in question is the profile name, and not the sign-in e-mail address?

josh EvequeFou ⋅ August 03, 2019

Yep, exactly! So for you it'd be EvequeFou.

Silver Satan josh ⋅ August 03, 2019

What happens if the user name is changed?

josh Silver Satan ⋅ August 03, 2019

I'll have to change it manually, but if you email me that's a quick fix

ConnieK August 03, 2019


NorthernSeeker August 03, 2019

What I want to know is if you are taking personal cheques or money orders.

josh NorthernSeeker ⋅ August 03, 2019

Not currently, but if there's enough of a demand I can make that happen

woman in the moon josh ⋅ August 03, 2019

A check with a Q in it is beyond reproach.

Finn August 03, 2019


stargazing August 03, 2019

Thank you, thank you! So happy to be able to support this site that I love. <3

Pennyworth August 03, 2019

In for a pound. I just have to know what's behind the platinum door.

josh Pennyworth ⋅ August 03, 2019

It’s Mochi

It was always Mochi

woman in the moon August 03, 2019

That is a SMALL dog.

nightborn August 03, 2019

Waiting on PayPal and then it’s a go.

Rhapsody in Purple August 03, 2019

I subscribed!

Gangleri August 03, 2019


Always Laughing August 03, 2019

great work and that picture is adorable

Shannonly August 03, 2019


Deleted user August 03, 2019

Now that I have read about the security measures ; I will continue subscribing . :-) I hid my CC so I have to dig it up :-)

Marg August 03, 2019

Done and dusted - worth every penny! And that photo of Mochi is definitely the cutest yet :)

Adira August 04, 2019

In the words of the illustrious Philip J. Fry, "Shut up and take my money!" ;)

HappyMusician August 04, 2019

Thank you Josh and Mochi! I've subscribed.

DE_amberisthecolorofyourenergy August 05, 2019

Subscribed! I wouldve subscribed to DE to keep it going, so I will subscribe here! :)

Camdengirl August 06, 2019

Haha - loving Mochi as a giraffe!!
So - no ads for subscribers - good stuff. Anything else? (I'm purely being greedy!)

TruNorth August 06, 2019

Will subscribe via PayPal. Please notify when it is functional.

Complicated Disaster August 07, 2019

I was all set to subscribe until I discovered there was no Paypal option. Happy to subscribe when this is available. Appreciate what you say about the payment processors but there is no address bar window or anything to let us be sure who is getting our card details. Cheers.

Fred August 11, 2019

Yikes, has prose box been hacked? I keep getting a "dear iPhone user" spam page when I try to get to my comments. Not sure how to report this.

josh Fred ⋅ August 13, 2019

Ugh that's no good. If you wouldn't mind, could you email me a screenshot if you see this happen again? The address is


Fred josh ⋅ August 14, 2019

Will do. It seems to be working fine again now but I ended up getting multiple spam pages on different prosebox pages for a few hours. The type where you have to close the window to do anything.

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