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originally posted by: SpongeBeard
a reply to: SkepticOverlord
$1 and $2 are too low. $5 is approaching the price of Netflix. Not sure what I'd price it at, but I'm really glad to see this discussion happening.
originally posted by: EvillerBob
originally posted by: DupontDeux
5$/month MAY make it worthwhile?
Such is the worth of the average ad loading member? That is not bad at all! Congratulations on that - that is just a couple of bucks shy of what Netlix needs to turn a healthy profit in spite of insane bandwidth usage and licencing fees. And their shares just SOARED.
You guys should go public!
Except EVERY user of Netflix is paying that. If you assume that only 1 in every 1000 ATS members might pay a subscription, that $5 has to cover the costs of the other 999 freeloaders (of which I am a proud flagbearer) as well.
I swear, ATS has one of the least economically literate userbases of any website I've ever visited. Mind you, I've never been to mumsnet which would probably be a serious contender.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
So to sum up, ads are evil. Enforcing the rules everyone agreed to is awful. A pay section is horrible.
So how exactly is the site supposed to get paid for? It's not as cheap as people claim.
originally posted by: CharlieSpeirs
a reply to: introvert
As far as I know donations went towards better server usage.
And aside from the hiccup of the DDOS attack a couple of months ago the servers seem to be fairing well against attacks.
I'll second this...if a choice must be made.
originally posted by: CIAGypsy
a reply to: SkepticOverlord
I'll say it AGAIN...in case you missed it 10 pages back....
I'd pay a monthly fee for the following services:
functional chat room
access to subscription-only forums
access to "chat meets" with various people (ATS and non-ATS 'celebs' alike)
ETA - by 'celebs' I mean well known people in the conspiracy theory world. Not necessarily Hollywood celebs (no use for most of those morons)
originally posted by: theySeeme
I wouldn't pay anything, in my professional experience a website of this type does not cost much to host at all. 15-25$ a month on the low end, and perhaps 50 a month on the high end.
originally posted by: yuppa
Ahem i submit into evidence exibit a....R.A.T.S forum. We already have a user forum that soem cannot access so whats the difference?
Skeptic THAT could be the pay spot for th e paid members and it wouldnt need tweaking or adding at all.
originally posted by: TruthxIsxInxThexMist
I'm not bothered about ads on ATS.
What I am bothered about though is paying to talk to people which is basically what we are doing.... talking! Talking is free... we are all blessed with that... mind you maybe tptb will start taxing what comes out of our mouth one day.
It's the same with 'dating' sites. Why should we have to pay to talk to someone? These sites popped up to scam singletons and there are a lot of fake profiles on those sites! Same with those other ones... like Adultfriendfinder for example. Facebook and Twitter are free to talk and so is email and skype!
And another thing.. I don't like to give out personal information which includes name, address, phone number, credit card details...
AT~S could basically become a Forum on facebook for free if the site owners actually wanted that.