The COVID-19 crisis needs no introduction. I’m sure you all know the economical situation the crisis has brought with it. We are looking at a second economic depression, equal to or worse than the one in the 30s. This crisis affects all levels of the education, and now also greek.doctor.
Because of this, I’ll now have to start taking payment for the use of greek.doctor. The price of running the website has increased with the crisis, and I also need to afford rent, food, heat and masks for my whole family for the foreseeable future.
Like all hospital and health institutions, greek.doctor will also change to code red, by changing the colour of the website from the familiar golden orange to firetruck red. This will remain until the COVID-19 crisis is over. I apologize for the inconvenience. I know it is quite the eyesore, but it’s important to signal the severity of the situation.
My intention with greek.doctor was never to make money, and my philosophy has always been to keep knowledge free and available. However, desperate times require changes. I cannot afford to continue to pay for the website in addition to my expenses, and it’s time I get something in return for spending all this time helping people.
Because the payment has to be delivered in person, from now on the website can only be used by residents in Pécs. I apologize for this, but I will have to be strict to uphold this rule. I have systems in place ready for this change. If you are a student at POTE but not currently in Pécs, you have to contact someone here who can deliver payment for you.
Payment has to be made up front on a per-day or per-week basis. I will not issue monthly access tickets, for safety concerns. Unfortunately, this is non-negotiable. I can give close friends a discount, but only up to 15%. Less close friends can get a discount of 5%.
Greek.doctor aims to be a legal business, so I have to write receipts. Receipts will be written in person and on paper. I have a pen but you have to bring the paper, as I can’t carry that much around (I suspect that a lot of receipts will be written). For the receipt to be official and follow regulations the paper has to be of high quality. Please refer to the copyshops and ask them for high quality, receipt-approved paper. I’ve already talked to the officials in the government to get a license to sell this product.
Due to virus transmission fears, and in accordance with the curfew, a minimum distance of 1,5 m must be kept when standing in line for a receipt. Please uphold this rule so we can avoid problems with the police. We don’t want that, and after all, it’s not really allowed to meet anyone during the curfew, so all of this is kind of shady. Please avoid taking space in the road while standing in line.
If you have questions regarding this, please send a letter adressed to me to Student Parcel Point, Szigeti ut 12, 7621 Pécs. I know this is a huge hassle but unfortunately I cannot afford to pay for my hotmail so I won’t be able to respond to emails. I have gotten special permission from POTE to collect any letters sent to the university adressed to me.
Domain names (like greek.doctor) cost money, and some are more expensive than others. The .doctor suffix is especially expensive, considering it’s meant for doctors. If the economical situation doesn’t change I might have to change the domain name to something cheaper. I have some ideas, but I won’t share them now. I will say that the cheaper domains are those that end in .xxx and .gay, so I might be forced to choose something like that. If you have good suggestions, share them in the comments.
Anyway, the price will be as follows:
– for one day of use: one kiss to my forehead
– for one week of use: two kisses to my forehead
These changes will take place from today (April 1st) and indefinitely.
I apologize for the inconvenience and I beg of your understanding.