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a marked decline in ads combined with the ever-increasing threat of ad blockers.
I think the attitude of "show me your business finances" is atrocious, but hey I'm old fashioned maybe. Maybe you guys can all post your tax returns here.
originally posted by: SkepticOverlord
originally posted by: ForteanOrg
But I DO resent the idea that we, the contributing members, should pay for the privilege of becoming part of some "inner circle"
The opening post said; "a private forum dedicated to brainstorming on new ideas, technology, strategies, content, etc. for keeping ATS strong and moving forward."
That is the only purpose of the forum. The presume anything else is wrong.
originally posted by: tanka418
You know...build the visitor a truly "custom" page...including the ads? i.e. ads not loaded by the client, and supplied entirely by the host...
originally posted by: argentusI really don't see the value in any drama. It's a simple personal choice to be exercised in the way each of us sees fit.
members that already invest a lot here are being asked to invest even more, while those that don't contribute at all get a free ride. E.g. if free-riders have ad blockers running, there is no penalty. If members have ad blockers running, they are deprived of essential features.
Also, you could start blocking features for NON-CONTRIBUTING members / non-members, e.g. only allow them access to a limited amount of posts in any thread, or just the first 2 lines of any post, etc. whilst (contributing) members get access to everything. Non-contributing members could simply BUY access to certain threads they'd like to read in full, for a few cents, you'd get access to all postings in a thread.