posted on Jun, 20 2016 @ 12:37 AM
a reply to: TechniXcality
COULD WE START A BRAINSTORMING THREAD to see what options might arise?
--Those posting above XYZ minimum making a deposit of $XX and each post subtracts a few pennies until time to recharge the kitty. I realize that we
are giving content . . . earning more read pages etc. so it's a bit something to also pay to post. However, we are also those who probably use more of
the ATS resources than the average lurker. And, we get some satisfaction from seeing our writing read and responded to.
--Tell us what the average earnings are per user from the ads. Let those who want to use ad blocking pay that average per month.
--I know of at least one person for whom the stress of the ads on their blood pressure was becoming debilitating to a serious degree.
--sell the forum to the users with retired IT folks managing that end of it?
--Be more transparent about the factors and issues and possible options that have already been thought of. This is, after all, our community/home,
too. It could facilitate more effective brainstorming for solutions.
--I've heard here and at the largest conservative site--also with growing $$ problems due to the owner shooting himself in the foot because of
trashing major donors--anyway--I've heard IT professionals say that there are several cheaper ways to skin the needed cats. I have no idea if that's
true, or not. But could such be explored from several perspectives?
--For example, in that case, the donation-THON goes on now for almost the whole three months per quarter collecting around $85,000 per quarter. Some
IT professionals have told the founder, they could run the whole operation on $30,000 per year. The user-ship has usually been about the same number
of unique visitors/posters as ATS. He won't hear of it. Likes to have his sons on a significant payroll, evidently. So, he continues banning folks
who've historically donated $5,000 per quarter . . . and seems to feel all self-righteous and justified in doing it . . . though his increasingly
narrow and flip/floppy rigid political parochialism is also chasing users away.
Anyway--if the community is hurting to that degree . . . behind the scenes . . . at least disclose more to the whole community and let us brainstorm
some possible solutions, PLEASE.