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Discussion in 'Site Support & Announcements' started by Just Plain Old, Aug 31, 2006.

  1. Just Plain Old
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    To address the issue of funding that is raised on the home page...... Why not make a modest charge for membership?

    It would obviously be optional to become a member, but you could have a post limit per month for those who are not, and/or restrict access to certain forums to 'members only'. It works on other sites.
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    yep I've been thinking about this.
    being a member gives you such access to classifieds, group buys, 2 free ASN stickers etc etc.
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    There we go.................. problem solved!!!!

    I assume I'll get FOC life membership for coming up with the idea?:)
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    LOOOL !
    you may get a "slight" discount or an extra ASN sticker :))
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    Another way to get some money is to register with google adsense and put some banners with this. If each of us click daily to these ads i dont think you will have problem to get the money for the hosting.
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    also with membership, have a few compainies out there, who will always give us discount on products and parts, i no few compainies allready doing this but make it more open, and have a big list

    if ya know what i mean
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    I agree. There would have to be some substantial offers and benefits (like tyres/insurance/parts) to warrant a membership fee - as well as regular sweetners to warrant the renewal of memberships. Just relying upon peoples friendship who regularly post on here to pay isn't sufficient - you'll need to be able to offer something a little more to gain new members.

    As soon as you start charging membership it'll become a whole new ballgame as well - and you'll be competing against the likes of clubgti.

    Then it'll take a whole load more responsibility, effort and almost all your personal time to make it work.
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    Ive just bought 4 stickers so does that mean i can be a member now:yes:
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    Hmmmm....i think its a good idea but the problem with paid membership is that the other audi forums are free as far as i know....
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    I agree totally with both of you, I would like to stay away from the "membership" option too, as you say there are other forums out there, but none that are as good as audi-sport.net (imo, anyway)

    I can't see any other way around it at the mo, but the hosting is £60 per month. I only takes 60 people to donate £1, 120 people to donate 50p, 30 people to donate £2 etc which I don't think is a lot to ask if they use the site reqularly and find it useful.

    Let me know your thoughts. . ..
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    Have a word with tabs and co over at uk-mkivs.net. They have a dedicated server solution and pay for it via advertising etc (I think). They've balance the advertising quite well, so you don't notice it most of the time.
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    I know there are a lot of seperate sections/forums on here, but I was thinking, how about a forum sponsers section? Ive seen this on other sites where basically Rochford Tyres for example would have there own section where they could inform us of any new products, discounts or special offers available for our cars
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    Doesn't that defeat the object of having advertising....
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    yep, i want to stay away from having ads plastered all over the site and inbetween posts, etc.

    I've received some very generous donations which will keep the site alive for at least 2 months. Once I get the site back on track we'll re-visit this.

    There needs to be more content that will be usefull to more users, if users find the site helpful, hopefully they'll donate. I dont want to force it on them though . .
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    If it has some perceived value people will cough up a few quid........ Most people are so paranoid they'd pay for access to a members only section,,, just to make sure people weren't talking about them!!:biggrin:
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    How many members have we now got? If we need £720 a year to run the server, how much would that be oer head?
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    well there are over 13.5k users registered, not sure how many are active, but even if 200 users donate £3.60 each that would do it for the year
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    Why not start a thread so people who want to donate can put their name on it.Hopefully you will get the 200 wanted.£3.60 for a year is cheap.
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    i'm working on a paypal module which will show a bar graph off our total monthly goal and how far we are up against it, with all donators shown at the bottom :)
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    Olly,

    Have a look over on Briskoda and see how they do it. They call it 'Freedom' and it seems to work.
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    absolutely, £3.50 is sod all, i have no problem donating that...
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    I would donate £3.60 as the amount of info I have learnt on here has probably saved ,e over £360.
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    good point
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    I've read these discussions before on other forums and TBH it will probably suprise the more reasonably minded members how many tight arses there are out there. Relying on voluntary contributions will not do the job. Unfortunately it tends to have to be a a mix of advertising, partnerships with businesses and paid membership with benefits. It's the only way to get a forum growing properly and stop people like Olly from stumping up his own cash.
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    like people have said, if they find the site useful they feel compelled to donate a litte.
    I am not going to enforce people to pay and split users with a membership option.
    If people dont feel compelled to donate than the site needs to be more useful to them so they do donate !
    It's your site, so keep the feedback coming !
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    My god, i just got blood out of stone!:yahoo:

    Keep up the good work Mr Admin.
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    thank you :) and I will :)

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