posted on Mar, 4 2012 @ 10:03 PM
Originally posted by morpheusxxz
Originally posted by Rockpuck
There should be a pay option for "premium membership"
I agree with this. There are many other big forums who follow this model.
And the members of just about all of those forums have used the "premium membership" model to foster multiple tiers of haves and have-not hierarchy
-- the assumption being that those who paid are better than those who have not.
We're not going there. And, in our case, the financials of something like that just don't work.
We have a cluster of seven high-end dedicated servers from a well-regarded supplier who is not the cheapest source in "town." In addition, we pay
fees to a support firm to monitor and manage those servers. It's not cheap. 1,000 members paying $5/month won't even come close to paying the pure
cost of staying online.
Also, factoring into the equation is that a small percentage of our daily traffic (12-15%) are actually logged-in members. The rest are guests reading
what you wrote. So in the end, only a small percentage of a small percentage would actually consider a monthly subscription. It just doesn't work.