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Dramabeans snapshot


Current minions

Hi Beanies! It’s been a little over two weeks since our premium supporter program launched and we have a few updates to announce. First, we’ve heard your requests and the Beanie badge design has both been changed and can now be toggled on and off. We also have the option for a one-time purchase now, as well as an annual purchase, both in addition to the original monthly option.

Our tech team is still working on some of the other requests and issues, so please bear with us in the meantime.

We also know you had questions about why Dramabeans needs help and who’s funding the site now. To answer your questions and to provide some background, we put together this Dramabeans snapshot.

 
Why does Dramabeans need help?
Javabeans mentioned some of the difficulties she and girlfriday had faced, and that we were close to shutting down twice in the past few years. In short, running a website and putting food on the table at the same time isn’t as easy as it looks, and server costs are soaring.

Who is currently financing Dramabeans?
We’re currently funded by two individuals helping out from behind the scenes. They prefer to remain anonymous, but rest easy — there’s no big chaebol or South Korean government initiative that funds Dramabeans. Instead, they’re just awesome people who care about promoting Korean dramas and culture all over the world.

Why did they get involved?
The first time Dramabeans was unable to continue financially, one of our current investors came in and supported the site for two years. Then, when he couldn’t do it on his own anymore, he brought in another individual to bridge funding to support Dramabeans. Sadly, Dramabeans is still running in the red. With our only source of revenue being the banner ads, the costs of keeping Dramabeans up and running have become too difficult to bear without some help.

How can you help Dramabeans?
We understand that not everyone is able to offer financial support, but if you are able, becoming a premium supporter would go a long way in helping us. The benefits include an ad-free Dramabeans experience, a virtual supporter badge (now optional!), two months of KOCOWA for free, and the eternal gratitude of all Dramabeans minions.


Number of premium supporters as of April 12, 2020

You can also subscribe to the BeanieBox, our monthly subscription snack box. If you’re a snack-loving foodie, it’s a convenient and fun way to test out a whole bunch of tasty Korean snacks (with some surprise goodies to boot).

If you’re not located in one of the countries we ship to, help us spread the word about the BeanieBox on social media to any foodies or snack addicts.

Follow our official Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts and share our content directly from there. Our writers and editors put a lot of thought (and squee) and heart into our articles. Please don’t copy-paste them.

Finally, to all Beanies, thank you for supporting us and for being with us. With your help, we hope to be around for a long, long time and continue to give drama lovers a place to share all things K-drama. *Roll credits*

 

Founders
javabeans
girlfriday

 

Current minions
stroopwafel
dramallama
LollyPip
Saya
CandidClown
lovepark
tineybeanie
SailorJumun
murasakimi
Laica
TeriYaki
tipsymocha
abirdword
Regals
Sunny
missvictrix
tccolb
quirkycase
selena

 

Alumni minions
HeadsNo2
gummimochi
odilettante
awcoconuts
hanshimi
chickachunga
mary
chocolatte

 

 
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Thanks May :)

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ahh! this is great! i'm very glad to see the DB overlords read our comments and responded!

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Thank you so much for listening to us and taking the initiative to implement some of the things we had mentioned. The changes to the donations are exactly what I was wanting.

DB has been my drama home for about 10 years and I hope it continues to be my home for the next 10 years. ❤

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Random: I miss Heads and gummi's dimbles.

Is KCON a thing of the past for k-dramas?

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I think 2 years ago there were a couple panels at LA and then last year there was basically nothing besides some booths with some actor standees but maybe I just missed something? Unfortunately I don’t see kcon happening this year so we’ll never know if they managed to bring people back :(

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Thanks for the explanation and doing the annual option. Works much better for me!

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Me too!

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First, thank you for answering the questions we had. Second, thank you for listening to the suggestions Beanies had and actually (gasp!) implementing some of them.

Hmmmm, what else can I request since you're being so amenable? A meet and greet with Lee Min-ki, Gong-yoo, and Shin Sung-rok? Proper social distancing protocol upheld, of course.

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Let's arrange for the meet-up when it's safe to not have social distancing. I mean, I wanna touch Gong Yoo (to make sure he's real that is) :) >.<

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Oh please don’t touch my man! When it comes to him, jealousy is my middle name:D

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No worries..I'm only touching Gong Yoo, not your man ;p

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This is my ask, and I will respect everyone's space and body autonomy, so "no touching" stands. I would have this rule even in the pre-plague era.

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What about Bae Donna , Lee El , Kim Jaeuck and Ju Ji-hoon

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I was typing quickly, and am so sorry I forgot them.

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Are you me?? Because Kim jaeuck and Lee El were my first pick... What is a list without these two??

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I don't think so but to be sure
Do you think that The Guest Is The Best ????

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I could have sworn we rebooted the Waadie bot...

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@leetennant first of all I'm not a bot , I'm an archangel according to LS and that lead us to secondly I'm not rebootable

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I loved it... I watched it because, I needed a show with him as a lead... But ended up loving the others (reason why I will check out the King)...

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You mean for JEC ???
Why didn't you register an account on DB yet ???
I think we might be Twins ???
Are you waiting for The Guest 2 like me ???

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I need to ask Sungrok if he has chest hair. Please get this arranged thank you

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Yes this.

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I'm so confused. Why?

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Poliwag and I are long-time scholars of this scientific research.

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It is important research spanning over 3 years of understanding

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I guess if it's for science. I am a big fan of scientific research and discovery.

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I think by Korean standards he is using waxing services. But maybe he can come with some facial hair instead, hopefully not a fake one.

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Please send my SSR and LMK drama suggestions to kdrama writers~ they need to unite in a drama as bros. It needs to happen dramaland. Gimme my SSR-LMK drama. But no killings and angst. It's a comedy set at a daycare. At least one kid will have a mohawk, another has a mullet. They will learn to rock leather jackets from the leather jacket masters and other fun stuff.

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This is the content I need. Exactly this.

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Sungrok has made enough terrible drama choices, let's not add to that having him cast with an alleged rapist

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Thank you for your answers! I hope most Beanies will be inspired to donate ❤️
We really need each other.

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Thank you for the updates, @stroopwafel 😘😘 Us Beanies definitely appreciate and love all the work, efforts, love & tears that it takes (mad has taken) to keep Dramabeans here for us ~!! And it’s definitely comforting to know that ya Beanies ARE being heard. Thank you thank you thank you ❤️❤️❤️❤️

My only question left now is this:

Just how involved and a part of the Dramabeans community is @javabeans @girlfriday in the present time and situation??? The Beanies really miss them ~!!! ❣️❣️❣️

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*(that has taken)

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Oooh I've been so out of the loop for a while to notice how many minions there are!

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I’m glad you all have given us a little more transparency! Good luck with continuing the site; now, can we have the themes of the month back?

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I tried to add the annual paiment in the cart but at the end, it always selects the monthly one.

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@kurama We'll have the tech team take a look ASAP. Sorry about that!

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No problem! It's just I didn't see and almost valided for a monthly one on paypal :p

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I'm really glad you have listened to our suggestions, thank you for taking them on board and your hard work!
It's great to have one-off donations and an annual subscription set up :)

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Thanks for answering beanies' questions and for being more transparent with us. I've been a fan for 10 years so I'm happy to support and keep Dramabeans running!

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Excellent!

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Maybe a big chaebol or the government should help sponsor it. Think about it, its a community where people from different parts of the world gather to discuss drama. Not just any drama, korean drama. If they want kdrama to go international, then they gotta do something for international fans.

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Oh, I hope not. I do not want to see a
Drama Beans brought to you by Samsung......though I love my samsung phone.

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Imagine how that would go though.

Every week there'd be a shareholder's meeting led by warring cousins to determine who owns Dramabeans. Then the young, genius CEO spends 90% of office hours bickering with and dating someone while the funny secretary sidekick does all the hard work.

But the office pantry will be stocked with Maxim/Nespresso and Auntie Anne's. Plus the floors will be cleaned by Dyson every hour!

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And Subway sandwiches for EVERYONE!

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You mean Egg drop sandwiches

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😂😂😂😂

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