I have never been asked to pay for any web forum I have been a part of. Web hosts have always found forum members to be an asset to their business by bringing in advertisers and, as such, offered benefits to attract members and keep them without asking them to pay for "additional" services. That doesn't seem to be the case here.
And, as some have questioned here, exactly what is the money paid by members used for? Does the host sponsor or contribute to any national events or assistance for SSR owners in any way?
And what about the poor performance of this site and the poor response from admin? Paying a premium price for this web site seems to have no impact there either.
When I began posting to this site two years ago I saw the paid membership option and thought I'd wait and see what the host brought to the table for the money paid. Sadly, I'm still waiting.
So now, in addition to the above comments, the host has decided to tighten the screws on non-paying members by limiting the PM area to 5 messages. Really? Is that how you want to treat an asset to your business?
This all seems like a hostage situation with a ransom attached.
Or maybe more like Ned Beatty in "Deliverance".
just my $.02
I have suggested before that new members should be allowed to post a few messages in order to encourage them to sign on as paying members. I still think that tap should be turned off after 20 posts. I don't think non-paying members should have any
privileges to post photos, or to send or receive any
If they allow you five, that's a bonus you haven't eared.
The fact they have allowed you to post over 1000 times without cutting you off goes way beyond what would be allowed if it was my investment in hardware, software and technicians that allowed this site to exist.
If you don't think there is any value to being a member, why are you still here?
If everyone thought like you, this site wouldn't exist, and we would all lose a very valuable resource.
I organize a large group of Fanatics that comes to the Peach City Beach Cruise every year. How else could we be in contact with each other for this or any other social events to happen.
Your thinking process is deeply flawed, and I'm surprised you prove it by posting your thinking, or lack thereof, here. I have no idea how you see yourself as an asset.
Keep in mind that as a paying member, I have the added pleasure of not seeing any of the ads you seem to thing are paying to keep the site going.
I'm happy to pay to be here. I don't see why anyone not paying should have any of the privileges that go with membership.