Just read through this entire thread. A lot of good ideas here, and a lot of good points and counter points as well.
I was discussing this with my gf this morning and said that I would gladly pay $5 a month or so for this site. Not much more than that, but only
because I can't really afford it. This site has given me many many hours of entertainment and provided me with tons of information. I have learned a
lot here and I love the membership here. There really isn't anywhere else that comes close, imho.
After reading through this thread, I do have some questions though.
.... 1 - If this was to occur, are members that don't see ads now going to start seeing ads? If not, how is that going to work? I think some are
going to feel they are getting shafted, having contributed for various lengths of time and now they are being reverted to seeing ads like they mean
nothing to the site. I wouldn't personally, but I can see how some would.
I would gladly see ads again if it meant doing my part to keep ATS alive but would pay if I knew that the money I'm paying for a subscription is going
to making this site an even better experience.
....2 - Would members that are not paying, but are seeing ads, know that those paying subscription fees were paying rather than viewing said ads?
Personally, I don't think we should know. I agree that this would create a sort of two tier system here and that is a slippery slope. I know that if
shiny bells and whistles are added, some might be more apt to pay the subscription fee, but I just don't like the idea of paying and then it being
flashed around just because I did. I can see that now...."Oh, you pay, you must be one of their shills" (because you know it would happen, and would
really be only one of many problems I can see coming from that)
....3 - If this goes down, I think you need to make it perfectly clear to some (even within this thread) that are reading what you are proposing here
as you saying that the site being "subscription only" is now being considered. I understand that is not what you are saying and are merely saying
that paying a subscription fee would simply allow for ad free (streamlined...potentially) use and that others will still be able to use the site just
as they are today, even if they can't or won't pay, as long as they see ads and don't use adblockers and the like.
I like the idea about having an ad that says something to the effect of "help fund ATS" and then a user can click that ad and be shown an ad, then go
back to using the site. Maybe take a few of the ads away (not sure how many are on a normal page as I don't see them anyways) or something, if a user
watches/views enough ads. It would be their contribution, in a way and I wouldn't have a problem with sitting through an ad or two to make sure the
site makes it's money required to operate and make some profit for those who put much time and effort into making this site great.
I sit through ads on Hulu and other places when watching movies...they make their money and I get free content that I enjoy. It's a give and take.
Could that be implemented? Would advertisers even go for that? (I'm not sure how any of this works at all, tbh)
I like the idea about potentially giving away 1 to 3 month subscriptions to members who post the most viewed or most starred/flagged content. It
might just cause a few more people to be more apt to start threads with a lot of good content, rather than minimal posts. It could be a nice little
competitive something and I for one would find that enjoyable.
edit on 1-3-2016 by Jakal26 because: adding something