New Poll - YOUR VOTE DOES COUNT
Posted 28 January 2004 - 04:56 PM
nothing is set in stone, but with the amount of people now using the boards the bandwidth costs are going to head through the roof... The next level of service to get the bandwidth we'd need is too expensive to justify keeping the boards open..
The only other option would be to go back to one of those completely ugly, text only boards.. like Buddy uses..
Posted 28 January 2004 - 06:07 PM
I pay to be on the Steel Guitar Forum (like $5 gets you a lifetime membership or something). You have to pay in cash and send your money off. Keeps the trash out.
Just some thoughts
Posted 28 January 2004 - 06:39 PM
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Posted 28 January 2004 - 08:56 PM
P.S. Actually, on second thought, I kind of like the smilies!
Posted 28 January 2004 - 10:09 PM
Posted 28 January 2004 - 11:05 PM
As much as I like the board being "free", we all know that it really isn't. Someone has to pay for all that goes on behind the scenes.
I would pay for it. $30 a year doesn't sound bad at all to me. The knowledge obtained from the collective minds on the board is well worth it!
I agree with the spam issue, please KEEP IT OUT!
Just my $.02.
Posted 28 January 2004 - 11:06 PM
$30 for a membership price per year is not unreasonable for the enjoyment I get out of the board.
Posted 28 January 2004 - 11:07 PM
I don't know what you have to do the get the secret handshake for stuff around here but;
Members can read-post and buy stuff from MGB-free
Sponser-$50.00 a year
Life-$500.00 one time payment
Patron-$1000.00 one time payment
Benefactor-$5000.00 one time payment
Or you can always sell stuff like, shirts, hats, pins, patches, pens, key chains with the MGB logo...and the always hot item...beef jerky.
Edited by Bob, 29 January 2004 - 09:36 AM.
Posted 28 January 2004 - 11:23 PM
I looked at Dellhost and what they offer. For $129 per month you can get 20GB of storage and 21GB per month transfer. This would allow picture posting again, etc...
That come to less than $1,600 per year. IF half the membership that is currently registered join to pay, this would be like 320 members. The cost per member would be $5 per year. If you doubled that to cover time spent working on the board it would be $10 per year. Cost would be even less if more people joined. In other words it might be a good idea to run the site like a co-op so to speak. Pick out a few people who can help run the site and take the load off your back some.
I also want to point out that if the cost appears to be too much for new members who just want to learn more about the Thompson, they might not join. When I first discovered the old Iconboard that we used to have, if it cost to join, I would have kept right on surfing elsewhere. I joined the old board 4 months after you guys started it. Since I was able to read, lurk, etc... I got interested enough to buy several of your Dad's books and with his help bought my Thompson.
Just thought I would throw this out there.
Posted 29 January 2004 - 12:07 AM
I think a $5.00 start up fee would be in line and go up from there if needed.
Posted 29 January 2004 - 12:19 AM
i do open the wallet............and do buy breakfast's for nice people at gun show's.......
or pizza later on,but thats just me.............wink!!!
take care,ron /colt21a
Posted 29 January 2004 - 12:21 AM
I suspect charging that much, or perhaps anything at all, would kill this forum, as it would no longer be open to the world, and would likely subesequently wither away from its insularity. I suppose Arthur and John Jr. could pay to come here and snipe at each other ad nauseum, but I wonder who would pay to listen.
Most likely, a yahoo community forum would be set up as a free alternative, and people would find their way there and resume the free exchange of information. I've seen that happen before with very small Internet communities who exit some site in mass because of some unsuitability or the other, and rejoin somewhere else.
Yahoo is certainly not as elegant or useful as this site, but it is open to the whole world and thereby does promote the free exchange of information, which is probably *the* great thing about the Internet, that is, unfettered information exchange by alll.
Personally, I don't mind advert sponsership, since I have every ad blocker known to mankind on my system. If advertisers are stupid enough to spend money on Internet ads, who am I to stop them. I don't read ads in the newspaper either, and I have a PVR to skip ads on TV as well. Though, I must admit that Google has developed a model for displaying ads that probably actually works, and that would be nice if that was possible here, i.e., sponsered ad links to relevant companies and services.
Bottom line, I suspect that mandatory charging to participate in this forum could kill it.
Posted 29 January 2004 - 12:49 AM
|I suppose Arthur and John Jr. could pay to come here and snipe at each other ad nauseum, but I wonder who would pay to listen.|
Considering your aversion to advertisments, (I guess you don't watch the CLEO awards either), I suppose I should be gratified that you even deign to read my "nauseating" posts. However, as you say, how can you quibble when there is no charge. If I knew I were playing to a paying audience, I'm sure I could enliven my material to meet the demands of such a discriminating raconteur as yourself.
By the way, your home town of Hygiene, Colorado sounds like the perfect place for the Kobe Bryant trial.
Posted 29 January 2004 - 01:10 AM
On the other side of the coin, I would think that some would refer our board as, "That pay only Thompson board." It would be one of the few sites, gun related, that required members to pay. That might create a bit of a snobbish appearance. Also people will gravitate towards other people. If the board did "dry up" from lack of interest, the pay Thompson board would dry up too. This would be bad for the paying members.
Just trying to look at things from all sides of the issue.
Posted 29 January 2004 - 09:21 AM
Free is absolutely the best way to encourage everyone to participate, to bring new folks into the hobby and get them active in protecting their (and our) rights. Unfortunately, nothing is truly free.
I feel that anyone and everyone should be able to view the board without restriction. If sales of MGB products is not sufficient to sustain the board (I don’t think Frank had any idea it would become as big as it has), then a nominal contribution to cover costs could be either levied or solicited to gain posting privileges. If payment is required to view the information, it will die.
Thanks to Frank, Nick, Chris and all the members who have made this one of the best boards on the net; I hope we can rectify the challenges currently before us and continue to be so.
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