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 +====== Axanar Launches New Fulfillment Platform ======
  
 +<wrap lo>//​Main article: [[perks|What'​s Up With the Perks?]]// \\
 +//See also: [[axanar_finances|In Wake of Perk Problems, Peters Claims Axanar is Broke]] and [[terry_mcintosh|Axanar Tech Chief Resigns]]//</​wrap>​
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 +<​WRAP>​
 +//**__ __**// <wrap lo>**By [[user>​cpedraza|Carlos Pedraza]]**</​wrap>​
 +</​WRAP>​
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 +Axanar fulfillment director Diana Kingsbury informed donors that it has launched a software platform it hopes will address its inability to maintain a database enabling the production to ship long-delayed perks to contributors.
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 +[{{ ::​watters-dianaprime.jpg|**TEAMWORK** Axanar'​s new chief technologist,​ Bill Watters (left), and its fulfillment director, Diana Kingsbury. <wrap lo>​(//​Photo:​ Axanar website//​)</​wrap>​}}]
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 +===== Ares Digital 2.0 =====
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 +In a post September 9, 2016, on the Axanar Donors Facebook page, Kingsbury announced:
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 +> Everyone here at Axanar Productions is excited to announce the rollout of our all-new digital delivery and account management system, Ares Digital 2.0. Rebuilt from the ground up, Ares Digital 2.0 is a powerful platform, capable of providing you, our donors, with the digital perks your donation level(s) entitle you to. In addition, each donor'​s information will be stored there … from your contact email and shipping address to detailed listings of donations made and the associated perks which accompany the donation levels.((Diana Kingsbury post to private Facebook group, Axanar Donors, 9/9/16.))
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 +The resignation in May 2016 by chief technologist,​ [[terry_mcintosh|Terry McIntosh]], amid growing donor complaints of its delivery capabilities,​ left Axanar'​s perk fulfillment in a state of disarray. Its new technology chief, Bill Watters, stepped in to build a new system to deal with old and error-ridden donor data getting in the way of shipping perks that didn't depend on completion of the long-delayed //Axanar// feature film.
 +
 +==== Dispute Over Ares Digital Name ====
 +
 +On Facebook, [[face>​groups/​CBSvsAxanar/​permalink/​1302209003123800/?​comment_id=1302412453103455&​comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R7%22%7D|McIntosh claimed]] he owns the Ares Digital name for the system he designed for Axanar (not as a work for hire), and is considering legal action for its continued use by Axanar Productions:​ "​Attorney is already prepping the lawsuit,"​ McIntosh posted.
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 +He said he instructed his attorney, "Sic '​em."​ In reply, McIntosh added his attorney questioned the intelligence behind Axanar'​s continued use of the Ares Digital name.(([[face>​groups/​CBSvsAxanar/​permalink/​1302209003123800/?​comment_id=1302412453103455&​comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R7%22%7D|Terry Mcintosh post to CBS/​Paramount vs. Axanar Facebook page]], 9/9/16.))
 +
 +==== Unlicensed Software? ====
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 +McIntosh went on to allege Axanar was using an unlicensed template for the design of its new Ares Digital platform:
 +
 +> Just received an email from the creator of the retail HTML theme that I purchased and modified for Ares Digital'​s use and the author and his firm have confirmed that they (Axanar, [CTO] Bill [Watters], Alec, or anyone remotely close) did not purchase a license to use it... so there'​s ANOTHER copyright infringement at play. They say that they'​ll pursue their interests.(([[face>​groups/​CBSvsAxanar/​permalink/​1302209003123800/?​comment_id=1302412453103455&​reply_comment_id=1302874749723892&​comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R9%22%7D|Terry McIntosh post to CBS/​Paramount vs. Axanar Facebook page]], 9/10/16.))
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 +These new developments were just the latest events in the debacle Ares Digital is turning out to be for Axanar.
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 +{{section>​ares digital update#perk problems}}
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 +===== Letter to Donors =====
 +
 +Kingsbury urged donors to set up new passwords and correct old or incorrect data in their profiles. Axanar has an estimated 10,000 donor accounts in its system. Delivery of the [[perks#​what_can_t_be_shipped|few available perks]] can't begin for donors until they have updated their shipping information.
 +
 +[{{ ::​donor-station.jpg?​475|**DONOR STATION?** Without explanation,​ Axanar began referring to its Donor Store as a Donor Station, where "other … merchandise [is] available for additional donations."​ However, the word '​store'​ still appears throughout the '​station.'​}}]
 +
 +==== '​Production and Operations'​ ====
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 +In her post on the Axanar Fulfillment Blog, Kingsbury also noted that "100% of your donations always goes towards Axanar’s production and operations"​ — an apparent change from earlier statements that donations went to production of //Axanar//.
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 +<wrap lo>//See also: [[perks#​Revenue Clues]]//</​wrap>​
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 +The statement makes pointed the fact that Axanar producer [[Alec Peters]] has for months [[perks#​undisclosed_proceeds|refused to account]] for revenue on top of its crowdfunding that it received through the production'​s merchandise sales, direct donations, and DVD and Blu-ray sales. Estimates pegged revenues in the low six figures.
 +
 +===== Additional Work =====
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 +Kingsbury also noted that while the platform has launched it is by no means complete:
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 +> Ares Digital 2.0 will still have a few things needing to be added to it with regards to digital perks and other items. So if there are any issues you encounter, give it a little bit of time, then let us know.
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 +[{{ :​proto-patches.jpg?​300|**LONG-DELAYED** patches for Indiegogo donors exist only as prototypes sold through Axanar'​s Donor Store/​Station.}}]
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 +Finally, she reassured donors that once they complete their user profiles, "the patches from the Axanar Kickstarter will start shipping!"​(([[http://​www.axanarproductions.com/​drum-roll-please/​|"​Drum Roll, Please,"​ post by Diana Kingsbury, Axanar Fulfillment Blog]], 9/9/16.)) In June, Kingsbury had [[http://​www.axanarproductions.com/​mid-summer-update/​|advised Indiegogo donors]] that none of the perks from the 2015 [[axanar_indiegogo_details|Indiegogo campaign]] had been manufactured,​ so none of those donors were likely to see their perks for some time, if ever.
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 +<wrap em>​UPDATE</​wrap>​ On January 29, 2019, [[production update 3|Peters announced]] the Indiegogo patches had finally been manufactured and would soon be shipped to waiting donors.
 +===== Few Perks =====
 +
 +Even with what donors might consider good news that some of their perks (chiefly patches) might ship in the near future, Axanar'​s continued production delays, including that from the [[copyright infringement]] [[lawsuit]] brought by CBS and Paramount, [[perks#​what_can_t_be_shipped|cast doubt on fulfillment]] of the vast majority of its promised perks, since most depend on the production of the feature film. {{:​axamonitor-ico.gif?​nolink|}}
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 +**Keywords** {{tag>​commercial crowdfunding merchandise}}