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originally posted by: Echo007
why does ATS continue to rent expensive Studio in New York City,
ATS is spending ad revenue generated from the forums for other projects.
originally posted by: Agit8dChop
Id pay a small fee so long as a forum/thread/page was opened that showed the expenses to run the site and the payment and balances at the end of each month.
And those who didn't would just want to nitpick why you spent $2.50 on a pack of mediocre pens, instead of $0.99 on some cheap Bic Sticks.
originally posted by: Nyiah
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
a reply to: Restricted
In the question posted in the OP, you can continue to participate here for free, just like you are now: with ads. The only change would be that you could pay to not have the ads (basically, buy out the adspace each month). Some people would find that attractive, some wouldn't care. Both would still participate here.
But that wasn't what he asked about.
Ok, let's say one day I pay a sub or donate, $25 either way. Imagine, if you will, the next day you & I are having a heated disagreement over whether or not a new, snazzy gorilla av of yours is offensive somehow. We get snippy back & forth, and eventually I cross a line big-time, and get banned.
What happens in that case to the sub/donation amount? Gone for good? Refunded? That's what Restricted is getting at, as far as I can interpret.
originally posted by: heineken
with all respect..
I cant see where the expenses of running this site are. Hosting cost is nothing today. The site was built in house if im not wrong and didn't change at all for a couple of years. The content of the site is done by members.
Im afraid you site owners are not running this from pure heart. Its not nice at all to start something for free and then change model. Its not nice since you don't worry at all losing some members just to make some cash out of it.
You have face it, you can't and you are not suppose to make any money from this and move on, instead use this site as a portfolio with investors on other projects of yours.
Myself I run an anonymous social media on Android which was , is and will be for ever free. That was the model I chose and like this it will stay.