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Thread: Your opinion, please. Annual fee for Simple Living Forum use?

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    Senior Member razz's Avatar
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    Not sure where the fee-based idea is coming from or going to...

    But, IMHO, as soon as a website determines a fee schedule, it also agrees to provide certain services. Then you have to establish a list of services and then a request and then multiple requests for more or different services and complaints about services just like any other business.
    No interest at all in going that route and, yes, I am another one of the 1% who did donate as Free05 mentioned.
    BTW, Rozie was quick to respond to my email when I forgot to note that my donation was towards the SLF.

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    Senior Member Rogar's Avatar
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    I will try to remember to make a donation and personally don't mind pay a little for the forum use, but I think a manditory fee is pretty much a death sentence for the forums. There are enough free forums around on the web, that I think a prospective new member would be not see any value in paying a fee.

    If money is an issue for the forums to continue I think there are better ways. One might be to have tranparency to the annual forum costs and a tally of donations year to date, possibly like the old thermometer type charts. Or fund raisers on the furm every several months that would highlight the costs and need for donations. I don't know if there would be any desire or interest for a business sponsor or sponsors that would be allowed a small advertisement, or if the site traffic would be enough to attract something like that.

    I actually think as big an issue is how to encourage new members. I read under business highlights the report on record registrations, but I only see a few new names as active posters. I enjoy the forums as they are, but it seems like the discussions are less lively than I recall from days of yore. I don't know how the membership numbers compare.

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    I am not a big fan of fee based services, yet I have to say if the 200 who regularly posted donated $10-$15 a year (if you could afford it), then that should cover the cost and assist with any upgrades that would need to take place. For some, that is grocery money, but for others its a lunch out ..... its a very personnel decision. As others have stated, maybe a campaigne of some sort a couple of times of year to "remind" folks that this site does not run on air, would be the order of the day. Reassess next year .... just made my donation ..thank you Mrs. M. for the reminder.

    This site keeps me on track, and connects with like minded souls. I am more of a lurker, but I would hate to see anything stop or slow down this wonderful site. As others have stated, it is really difficult to find like minded folks in the "real world", so the support is needed and much appreciated.

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    Mandatory fees are the quickest way to kill off a forum that I have ever seen. I have lost many favorites to that as people just go elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freein05 View Post
    At least I am in the 1% in something.

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    To everyone, thank you for the replies.

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    Just one more, I too think if it was fee based I would be gone.

    I like forums, and have gotten used to the ads within forums, which is where most make their money, from people clicking on the ads. I do it myself as well - have ads on my website, and when people click on them, I get a residual income. Pennies, but they do add up. I know there was talk of having or not having ads, but if it means the death of these forums, I would suggest the ads.

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    Here's a story:
    I found this forum a several years & a few layoffs ago. I was panicked, and the folks here helped me get some of my sanity back while I sorted out what was next.

    I've come back since then because I love the range of views as well as the fabulous hot hints for everything from household stuff to movies to parenting tips. I even enjoy the political heat that gets generated!

    What's your story? How did you originally connect, and why do you keep coming back?
    Last edited by redfox; 12-17-11 at 2:33am.

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    Ljevtich. It's funny, the differing sentiment we all share in respect to donations and fee-based sign-ups. Re: ads, that would be a killer for me.

    Redfox. What a pleasant story. I connected accidentally, by happening upon the site through chance, but my love quickly grew for this forum as a result of feeling a connection to others who lived or were living the same (doing the same things as me). There's a warmth I get from that, knowing I'm not alone in my ventures and interests. It's hard to find that sort of thing IRL, never mind finding it in the form of a virtual community, so I knew early on that this place was worth it's weight in gold and well worth hanging onto and preserving.

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    Lively discussion, great way to explore the question.

    One way to help publicize the forums would be to "like" our facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Fin...97551060291937) and maybe post links on our wall to discussions you find particularly helpful/interesting. For now, to keep admin costs low, we have only a combined FB page, but if we got enough participation, NRM would happily look at a separate page for SLF. Also, if you comment on other blogs or forums, don't forget to add a link to SLF forums of the NRM fb page as well if you can. Any other ideas on promoting the community would be most welcome, and anyone who can donate time but not money (or even both!) but isn't up for moderating a forum, could be helpful in finding and approaching sites that might be willing to include a link to us here.

    My crystal ball doesn't predict either ads or mandatory fees in the foreseeable future, btw, but it's always good to explore options so we know what the community wants. Thanks for stirring the pot a bit on this, Mrs-M!

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