Good Morning Shed!
Have a fantastic first day of summer wherever you are! Enjoy life today, tomorrow is not promised!
Now, down to business.
I read yesterday about the 'issues' ATS is facing and also the comments here in the Shed. I wanted to sleep on it and give it some thought before
putting my thoughts out there.
At first, I considered that the announcement of 'issues' could be a ploy to increase donations to the site. Unfortunately, my mind looks for the angle
in most situations first. In my opinion, that would be a little deceptive on the part of the owners/admin. I don't know any of them personally so I
can't say that would be out of the realm of possibilities however if the past is any indication then it would be way down the list due to the fact
that the owners have asked for money in the past and it doesn't seem to be an issue for them to put their hand out.
If I recall correctly, it has come up in conversations on the board about 'paid memberships'. It seems that the idea was tossed out there (don't
remember by who) and argued back and forth both pros and cons. I may remember the owners stating that was not an option. It seems as if it was right
about the time that there was a request for $100 donations and those folks would be given a special forum. Sorry, no link. It is in the BB&Q forum for
sure I think.
Now, I'll probably get a lot of flack for this next statement but, I don't think a paid membership is a ridiculous idea. Even if ATS were to charge as
low as $5/month. That's (almost) equivalent to a pack of smokes, cup of coffee, six pack of cheap beer, trip to the used book store, etc.
The majority of comments that I've read so far indicate that most folks would be devastated if ATS were to go away. I get it! I have made many friends
over the years and although a lot of them and I communicate outside of ATS, it just wouldn't be the same. I believe that change is good most of the
time but, not always and it sure can be difficult to get used to. I, for one, would miss the progressive thinkers, the conspiracy theories, writers,
breaking news (the Orlando thread was a great example) that the MSM can't seem to get quite right or on time. If the other sites (divine fabrication
can continue (below par of ATS IMO) then I don't see why we can't survive.
With all of that being said, how many of us would be willing to help keep ATS up and running with a membership fee? I know, I believe the owners have
said (?), in the past, that would not be an option but, things change and perhaps it is the only option now. I understand that some folks wouldn't be
able to afford a membership and in those cases there could be a sponsorship type system where one could 'anonymously' assist another member with their
fees. I seem to remember that being suggested as well.
Just thinking out loud guys and perhaps it is time to put our money where our mouths are, so to speak. What would you or I be willing to do to save
the site that has become home/like family to so many?
Shed (((HUGS))) to all and don't worry Night, we'll all figure something out!