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Old 01-18-2009, 08:25 PM   #1
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This is most likely going to be an unpopular move, however due to ad system not covering the cost of hosting for this website; I am considering moving membership to a subscription system to cover the cost of hosting. The cost of hosting for a year is $156 or $12.95 a month.

Subscription will be adjusted to cover the cost of hosting. And will likely be $10 a year.

I’m hoping members will support this change, feel free to discuss let me know if you’re not willing to pay a subscription for membership here. If you can think any other good options to cover the cost of hosting please let me know.
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Old 01-18-2009, 09:28 PM   #2
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Count me out. Very disappointing, I don't care if it's $1 a year I won't be remaining a member if a fee is imposed. I'm guessing a lot of posters won't. It's too bad, this really is the best site on the net for people to discuss the LPGA, and it looks like it won't be the case for long.
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Old 01-18-2009, 09:59 PM   #3
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Not the reaction I was hoping for, but kind of expected. I can’t blame you for not wanting to pay. When I bought the site I was kind of under the impression that the hosting would pay for itself from ad revenue which it’s not by a long shot. At this time the subscription is just an option that I am considering depending on member support. That’s why I’d like feedback or any ideas to help me pay for hosting (I'm not made of money either). I’d like to keep the forums free. I might have to consider downgrading the hosting and looking at other options.
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Old 01-18-2009, 11:02 PM   #4
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MOst of us want to post and discuss the Lpga.
I don't think we really care how fancy it is.
Here is a free phpforum no ads.

No-AD Free Forum - Free Phpbb3 Forums Hosting - Phpbb3now.com

I would never start a forum again to much work.
I'm retired.

Hoping we can keep going.

I won't pay tho not for a forum.

I do understand your problem.
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Old 01-19-2009, 07:33 AM   #5
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My reaction is the same. I understand the situation, but won't be a member of any pay site.
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Old 01-19-2009, 07:58 AM   #6
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If the subscription fee is for everyone, I believe the site will fail, and fail quickly, I participate in a number of discussion boards on the internet on a range of topics and I can't think of a single one that charges a subscription fee. In the most extreme case, some content is free and some is available to paid subscribers who, for their fee, get more than just access to extra part of the discussion boards. For example, there may be articles by experts, video, a subscription to a printed newsletter. Even so, this is a dying trend. The move on the internet is toward free content supported by advertising.

A more common approach for small-scale one-man/woman-run discussion boards is a voluntary donation link where people can choose to make a link via PayPal. From what I've heard these tend to work pretty well. It keeps the site open and lets people chip in what they want. People are much more inclined to pay voluntarily than to be forced to pay.

Here are a few sites I frequent that have used this approach successfully:

The Mudflats

and

Rex Parker Does the NYT Crossword Puzzle

The voluntary donation route really seems to be the way to go. It's also important to ask nicely and thank people appropriately and treat it as a donation (albeit not tax-deuctable) so people feel appreciated.

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p.s. You just got two months of your hosting fee from me if you do this...

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Old 01-19-2009, 10:32 AM   #7
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No.
But, The donation thing seems OK.
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Old 01-19-2009, 11:40 AM   #8
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I disagree Admin... won't pay sorry!
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Old 01-19-2009, 11:48 AM   #9
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Looks like Rusty really hit the hot button!

What do the ads pay anyway? Shouldn't they bring in at least the $150?

How do they work exactly? Maybe the members can help via the ads.
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Old 01-19-2009, 01:56 PM   #10
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I agree with the others that a subscription forum will not work.
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