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Author:  Yshl [ Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:47 pm ]
Post subject:  Boop Cancer - Open Letter to the Erfworld Community

Hi everyone,

If you're reading this, by now you're aware of the boop sandwich that the Balders have been delivered, piping hot, to choke down.

I'm proud to be a member of this community. The outpouring of support that's being shown is, well, it's what being a community is about.

I know that Rob + Linda is not the sum total of Team Erfworld, but if the team is an arch, they are the keystone. If the team is a castle, they are the foundations. We shouldn’t delude ourselves that this will be “business as usual”, and Rob was pretty clear on that.

I want us all to have some clear perspective here. The pledge rate has clearly jumped up in light of the news the Balders have received, and it's very likely we're going to trigger the fifth Milestone as part of that.

We need to be one voice here. I think I speak for every supporter when I say that, in no uncertain terms, and under no circumstance, do we want Rob or Linda to devote a single extra iota of attention or energy into doing anything at all about Milestone 5.

Please, if you read this, echo this sentiment. The whole team needs to know that we're acting as a community in support of the Balders here in ratcheting up the support for Erfworld, in recognition of what's been inflicted on them right now, and not need to have another thing to worry about.

I'm hopeful. I want to look ahead, look past where they'd just found themselves. A time when it is something in the past that's been dealt with, a bad memory. Then, you know what? Then do Milestone 5. Right now, we, the Erfworld community, DO NOT WANT you to worry about that. If it triggers, we expect you to ignore it. We just wanted to make sure it wasn’t another concern.

-Yshl

Author:  The Emperors Angel [ Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Boop Cancer - Open Letter to the Erfworld Community

+1

Author:  CandleInTheDark [ Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:51 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Boop Cancer - Open Letter to the Erfworld Community

Very much agreed with this, focus should be on getting through this.

Author:  Salvage [ Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:54 pm ]
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Agreed

Author:  Violet [ Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Boop Cancer - Open Letter to the Erfworld Community

The numbers are just a convenient way of showing how much we all want to help. Do what you need for you and don't let any one or thing detract from that.

Author:  Nimelennar [ Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Boop Cancer - Open Letter to the Erfworld Community

Agreed.

Author:  JadedDragoon [ Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Boop Cancer - Open Letter to the Erfworld Community

I would like to second this. I upped my pledge. I did not do it to get Milestone 5. I do not need Milestone 5. I do not feel entitled to Milestone 5. I do not expect Milestone 5. And you know what? That goes for whatever is left of Milestone 4 as well.

These milestones may never get fulfilled (ok seriously, knowing Rob, that's got a snowball's chance in hell of actually being the case)... but I don't care... that's not why I upped my pledge. And I think much of the rest of those who have pledged or increased their pledge agree. I think Rob and Linda know that. But I also think that, right now, it's important that they hear it.

So I'd like to call for others to also join in with us in assuring Rob and Linda that we know what they promised... but we also understand that their world has been upended and the best-laid plans of mice and men are about to go awry. I want to ask others to join us in making clear that we understand and free them to take their time... or even put the milestone rewards on hold indefinitely... if that's what is needed.

To Rob and Linda and Team Erfworld: Above all, I do not want us achieving Milestone 5 or even that we have already achieved Milestone 4 to get in the way of Rob and Linda spending time together or Linda seeing to her treatment. These pledges are because we want to help. Not because we want something from you.

Thank you again for your professionalism and integrity and the wonderful comic you have enriched our lives with for years. Now go do you.

Author:  Bandaid [ Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Boop Cancer - Open Letter to the Erfworld Community

As I already wrote in the other thread:

Milestone Goal 5: Linda gets healthy again.

To Hellabad with everything else.

Author:  Inst [ Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Boop Cancer - Open Letter to the Erfworld Community

My pledge is just to help with medical expenses. I don't expect anything from this.

Author:  0beron [ Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Boop Cancer - Open Letter to the Erfworld Community

+1 on this.

Speaking for myself at least, I am no longer pledging "for Erfworld", I'm pledging "for TEAM Erfworld". Rob, and by extension everyone else on the team, you have brought a fantastic world to life, with objectively the best comic of it's type on the internet, bar none. And that sort of thing doesn't come out of an ether, it comes out of incredible people who deserve the very best.

So screw the Milestone bonuses; I'm not pledging for the sake of getting more. I am pledging as my own tiny way of retroactively saying THANK YOU for everything. It's payment for services ALREADY rendered, an act of appreciation for what this team has given us.

Author:  Silverfox [ Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:21 pm ]
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That milestone was set, promised and as far as I know, not met when the team was at 100%.
A change has been announced and no reasonable person would hold a man with no legs to a promise to reappear in a dance competition.

Also, booooooop that that you do not also need support. I have recently walked an adjacent path thru that place paper bags don't last long, beside someone i love. My hair wasn't singed because i was bald going in, and i did NOT walk that path of support alone. The legion of family and friends-like-family that backed me up outnumbered the demons 5 to 1. And so do yours. Love and support to both of you.

G

Author:  youngstormlord [ Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Boop Cancer - Open Letter to the Erfworld Community

I will not rise my Toolshed level. I do not wish Team Erfworld's income to be even more dependent on the updates than it was before.

Screw the extra pressure to update, screw Milestone 5, no one needs that sort of thing at this time.

What I've done today and I'm going to continue doing is buy schmuckers directly. Once a month, every month, 50$ worth of schmuckers, until that fight against the disease is won + my regular pledge as per updates.

I advise everyone to do the same, according to their means.

Link to buy schmuckers is here:

https://store.erfworld.com/product.php? ... stseller=Y

Stay strong, stay hopeful, never surrender.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oVLbOqX5U8

Author:  Cryptomancer [ Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Boop Cancer - Open Letter to the Erfworld Community

I upped my pledge to counteract anyone dropping theirs. +1 for not worrying about the milestone

Author:  Merilynne [ Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Boop Cancer - Open Letter to the Erfworld Community

Agreed! Milestone 5 is irrelevant. Our priorities have changed along with Rob's.

youngstormlord wrote:
What I've done today and I'm going to continue doing is buy schmuckers directly. Once a month, every month, 50$ worth of schmuckers, until that fight against the disease is won + my regular pledge as per updates.

I advise everyone to do the same, according to their means.

Link to buy scmuckers is here:

https://store.erfworld.com/product.php? ... stseller=Y

Stay strong, stay hopeful, never surrender.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oVLbOqX5U8


Excellent idea! As long as there's not some percentage going to some anonymous collection site, anyway. Not everyone can increase their pledges reliably, but this is a viable option. I think it was Bandaid that said he had tipped Rob a bunch of shmuckers to get them out of circulation, so that's a great way to dump any you might choose to purchase in excess of those used to buy gems or cards, or tip posts.

Author:  No one in particular [ Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:42 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Boop Cancer - Open Letter to the Erfworld Community

Agreed. Focus on making it through this, not on making us toys.

Author:  kiyote [ Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Boop Cancer - Open Letter to the Erfworld Community

Agreed here as well. Milestone 5 (as well as 1-4) for me is "Linda Get Better."

Author:  Zahariel [ Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Boop Cancer - Open Letter to the Erfworld Community

I wasn't a paying subscriber until today. Now I am. I took Rob's invitation to decrease pledges to account for smaller updates, and started pledging, because I want smaller updates. I want Rob to have as much time as he can to take care of Linda, or just to spend with her if it turns out that "taking care of her" is unrealistic. I've lost family members to cancer and other sickness, and every time my one regret was that I didn't have more time to spend with them.

I don't care about toys or postcards or any of that other stuff listed in the milestones. I'd like to continue seeing comic updates at least once in a while, because I think they're something that Rob and Linda can still enjoy doing together. But if that turns out not to be true, then that's just too bad for me and I'll find some other way to support them through this difficult time.

Boop cancer. Seriously.

Author:  KrenkoMobBoss [ Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Boop Cancer - Open Letter to the Erfworld Community

As soon as I read the news post, I knew it was time for me to pledge. I didn't before, because I thought I didn't have the money to spare; but I've been tracking my finances, and I have much more then I thought I had. I can spare some, if it helps even a little bit.

Erfworld is probably my very favourite story of all time. I didn't know what Erfworld was, this time last year, but now I do, and it's something I love, and something I want to support.

I didn't know the name "Linda Balder" or "Rob Balder" this morning, but now I do, and I can tell, because of the effort and selflessness of that news post, and because of the love and effort that goes into Erfworld, you are people that I love, and people I want to support.

If things must change for Erfworld, for the sake of you two, then so be it. If Erfworld must be less, then so be it. If milestones must come and go un-acknowledged, then so be it. Even if Erfworld must go on hiatus, then so be that as well, before you are put to work more then you are able to.

You are right to prioritize your own health and comfort. Rest as much as you need or want, to be as healthy and comfortable as you are able.

That's an order! >: ]

--Krenko Mob Boss

Author:  Renter [ Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Boop Cancer - Open Letter to the Erfworld Community

+1

Author:  keybounce [ Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Boop Cancer - Open Letter to the Erfworld Community

Bandaid wrote:

Milestone Goal 5: Linda gets healthy again.



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