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ACE News - Q&A

ACE News


Welcome to Your New ACE News

As approved by the membership last summer, ACE News has been transformed into an online publication with weekly articles. All articles are individually posted and optimized to be easily viewed on most any computer or mobile device. Wherever you are connected to the internet, ACE News will be there.

New weekly content is posted each Friday at aceonline.org. This new version of ACE News has numerous advantages. News reaches members much faster, there is freedom to showcase more photos, articles are not restricted by space limitations and can have multimedia content and links within stories and members can interact by posting comments on stories. Previous articles are available for viewing, as are past issues, and as the article library becomes more extensive, the search function can be a useful tool for finding older articles. Another huge advantage is that the savings on printing and mailing are directly passed on to members, as annual dues have now been reduced, starting at $50 for an individual.

Change typically comes with many questions, so ACE hopes to clarify some things that may not be clear.

This isn’t happening with RollerCoaster!, is it?

No. There are no plans to change ACE’s flagship magazine. Members who have received RollerCoaster! in the mail as part of their membership will continue to receive printed copies. As it is a feature article publication, RollerCoaster! has a different focus and doesn’t have the same time pressure to get news out as quickly.

If I can’t get to it each week, will the articles go away?

No. Even as fresh content is added each week, previous articles will still be available for viewing on the site. They also will be placed in a digested version of ACE News, just as members have enjoyed for decades. It will be in a PDF form to either download or print at home or the office.

If ACE News is now online, does that mean anybody can read it?

While anyone can view a preview of each article, the full ACE News article can only be viewed after you have signed in. This is a members-only benefit.

I don’t know my log-in to aceonline.org. What should I do?

Members who are unsure of their website log-in ID can check any recent national update email. It is listed under “Your Information” in the right-hand column. If you’ve forgotten or not set up your password, follow the “reset password” link on the log-in page.

But what if I recently paid the old renewal rate?

That’s not a problem. Each current individual, couple, family and corporate membership has been extended so that they receive the full value of dues paid. Extensions varied by the portion that remained on the previous renewal. Associate memberships were not affected by this change. The trial membership program has been discontinued, and all remaining trial memberships will simply end at their current expiration dates without any extension. Your current expiration date is listed under “Your Information” in the right-hand column of all national email updates. It is also printed on the mailing label of RollerCoaster! and this past issue of ACE News.

NOTE: Although membership expiration dates were extended, new cards with new dates will not be reissued. If a membership card is vital for attending an event, simply print off a temporary one by signing onto the website and choosing “membership card” on the “manage profile” screen. That should be the first screen you see when you sign in. If it is not, then click on Membership->Manage my Profile. The preferred option is to renew by the original expiration on your membership card. The new card will expire one, two or three years from your new anniversary date. Members who have a multiyear membership that is good for more than 18 months will automatically have a new card mailed.

But I liked getting ACE News the old way. What if I want printed copies?

The good news is that members who enjoy and save the printed copies — and ACE loves that! — will still be able to do so. Just as mailings were sent out every two months, digested versions of all the online content will be put into a PDF layout online that will allow each member to print off a version of ACE News at work or at home or download it to save for later. While mailing a handful of printed copies is not feasible, ACE feels printing a saved copy at home for research reasons or to keep a collection complete will be quite easy.

What else should I know?

Because news is reaching members faster, it is vital that members help out the publications team by contributing articles and sending in photos of events and new coasters as quickly as possible. ACE News Editor and Photo Editor Tim Baldwin can be reached at tbaldwin@aceonline.org. There also is an ACE News transition forum where members can discuss the change and interact with ACE officials.