The iPeace network now works and relies on the NING platform.  Until now, basic services were free and advanced services were not. David Califa established iPeace and used to pay directly for some NING services.  We are all grateful to David for that. 

Recently, NING has decided to charge for all its services. There is more information here: http://about.ning.com/announcement

The options NING is offering are at: http://about.ning.com/announcement/plans.php.  Because iPeace has more than 150 members, the only viable options for maintaining iPeace at NING are:

  1. NING PLUS which costs $19.95/month or $199.95/year, or
  2. NING PRO which costs $49.95/month or $499.95/year.

There is some related general discussion here:  http://creators.ning.com/forum/topics/ning-update-introducing-ning .

It is now up to the current active members of iPeace to determine NOW whether and how the iPeace network and its community are maintained. 

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Beatriz,
I don't quite understand why you are addressing Paul with comments written and you re-posted by Clicia?? I am confused & I think perhaps you misunderstood, Paul's reply to me that he is not admin but has limited privileges to ban spammers only?? ipeace being such a large number of members,is constantly being bombarded by spammers,which do not belong to our peaceful community. They do NOT join to be a part of ipeace peace loving community,but to spam it's members. This is a great deal of responsibility for the very few active Welcome Team Members that are the 1st and only line of defense & find the pesky spammers,spamming! Paul is doing a great job with the "ban" button in quickly removing not peaceful attacks on this site from these spammers. This is what he meant by his reply to me & all here reading.
I hope this helps you to understand at least this part of comments, as far as Clicia's replies & yours..well I have no idea or understanding of your disagreements? That is okay with me,as has nothing to do with me.
With Peace & Respect
Leah

"Happy Trails" & " Lovin You" Peace,

Leah
Ipeace what happened and I was very sad, I posted something about peace and read it
I do not like fights, ---- It was just what happened
love peace
by Beatriz Pereira on May 19, 2010 at 6:04 pm
"Now We Have Already Paid the bill and money Can buy all the peace in the world, eh?

Beatriz computer You talk of peace
cost how much?
If you bought Used Money ---- ok
I Already Answered your question
Much peace and love
Im looking over all the points made and making a summary of them - will post them in a couple of days when am done...
*smiles* thanks Wendy..yes lots seems to have been lost in translation, ??
I'm not very happy with direction things are going either alice..but in what is seeming to be 'bitterness or??" is often as Wendy says..lost in translation,not always understanding or speaking same languages,causes misunderstandings perhaps? Even with same language often misunderstandings occur. yes, is sad ..I am "letting it pass" I think.
I had written a long reply on last page. I decided to not post it,I do not want any more negativity here..or anywhere.
Peace & Love xxx
I would kindly ask all members of this net to read this blog, which was published at another ning net and reach your own conclusions:

'I heard to say today that NING will maintain and offer for FREE a group for TEACHERS. so we must wait for the good news before they CHARGE us something. So maybe this group will continue alive and growing !!! what is very good I hope...Please read this article if you are interested to know more about what is happeing in the BUSINESS area online related to the social network you do part now:

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/04/ning-planning-to-remain-fr...

While they do not charge anything from me (the owner of this social network) or from you (the members) we can continuing to use this group on NING and have enough time to download all the amazing contributions the friendly and gentle teachers have posted here during all this time we are here.

Important ->>> Remember: we have amazing and very useful contributions in our database here on NING. We hope you enjoy the chance to download all of them that can interest you and your students.

If you still did not the download of the FREE materials this group on NING has I suggest you do this this month MAY/JUNE. do not waste time and take a time to check all the materials and links we have here.

just click here and go directly to our database:





http://trocadeatividadesdeingles.ning.com/profiles/blog/list

I will try to save all of them too in my hard disc.

so my dear friends, let´s maintain the faith that this group will be FREE and grow more ..and we can be here more time sharing & caring very good FREE english materials!

Let´s maintain the other new one too just in case to NING OWNERS change their minds about us.

BIG HUGS TOI YOU ALL. I AM VERY GLAD WE HAVE SO WONDERFUL TEACHERS HERE IN THIS GROUP!

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR COLLABORATION AND UNDERSTANING TO THIS SAD PERIOD THE NIG GROUP IS MAKING US TO SUFFER.

We must be strong and UNIFYED and together we can really change the world.! I strongly believe in this!

Thank you all who are migrating to the other group on GROU.PS. The link to the new group is here. just do your registration there too: IT IS FREE AND EASY TO DO!

http://grou.ps/englishmates_exchanging_english_ide/


I am trying to find a better place for all of us..but still now I could just find GROU.PS...so it is what we have got right now. just to let you all know the directions we are taking in this situation.

Hugs ;-0) '


I will gladly move on.

My Best
I appreciate Cilicia generosity... good karma... but i do not know if Cilicia did the right thing by such a problem solving donation... things were starting to move and peace people confronting with the fact of sharing rent. I sent 5$ paypal considering a fair share for the more than 20.000 virtual members and a realistic 100 to 500 real permanent 'residents and users'... I was keeping an eye to the list of dononations and saw that it was working... there was time and the goal was at easy reach... now, will donations stop? hopefully not, but many freeloaders won't feel the pressure and next year we'll face the same problem?
David did not use only the free platform when he started iPeace.. he supported the cost of extra features we all enjoied, so... keep dropping some dollars in the ''fund'' and enjoy iPeace not only as a free guesthouse, but as your shared rented home..
Riccardo
One says that I bought peace
you tell me that I no did the right thing
Excuse me .. I do not understand??
I'm feeling embarrassed
love peace
Thank you wendy
God bless
much love and peace
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,


I know it is hard to read and reach conclusions so I will help you in this task:

Clicia was just unexperienced and rushed faster than she should have done, but she has nothing to feel embarressed about for she simply did not know about this whole business.

But David and his administrators, yes, they knew about this and they gladly accepted her offer without saying a word about the negotiation with Ning and without recommending her to wait a little bit longer to see how this deal would be closed or not. Ipeace is not a commercial/financial net at all, so it is included in the non-profit category of nets together with many other ones, and therefore will be obviously free of charge. This net administrators simply grabbed the money thanking a lot and smiled at her. Yes, they have a lot to feel embarressed about. Oh yes, they do.

Clicia, in international businesses we have to check and check countless times before taking any concrete action to help them in any sense, otherwise we can easily get cheated and misused, see? That's why when it comes to donations I stick to the ECO 92 slogan: 'think globally and act locally'. This is the only way to follow up what is being done with the help we are giving away.

My Best
Beatriz this talk about my donation ends here, not e speaking ill of the ipeace,
I love everyone, If I did wrong or right, I did assume the consequences, please here ends the matter involving my name
This is my right, your rights end where mine begins
Graciously
Clicia Pavan
Clicia dear, please, don't play the fool. Just read, reflect and learn from this experience for you not to fall in the same trap next time, ok?

Money is a problem for humans only because of greed.

The first step towards Peace is called Respect.

If the administrators of this net wanted to start it and to pay to have it online this was their choice not ours. And if they paid since the beginning, then why have they posted this forum? Read the whole conversation again and think about the reason why Wang made a joke with David saying that he would be able to retire after these donations.

Shame on those who cheat people for their own benefit! No matter if they are Ipeace or not.

My Best to the whole family - like any other family Ipeace has been developing some pathologies I could say.

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