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View Poll Results: How much are you willing to pay for a yearly membership on ASFN?
$60 2 1.71%
$50 8 6.84%
$40 8 6.84%
$30 18 15.38%
$20 23 19.66%
I probably wont pay anything 58 49.57%
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Old February 11th, 2008, 06:02 AM   #1
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Membership cost questionnaire


So Jim and I are going to be taking this forum in a new direction...we're going to make it a membership forum with a lot of benefits to the members who pay a fee and help this site keep going.

UPDATE: I wanted to make sure since someone mentioned it below. This is an OPTIONAL membership which comes with benefits...like no ads, a member forum, etc.

But you don't NEED to be a member to post here.


It cost $500 a month to host this site. That is $6000 a year. Yikes.

Some of you threw out numbers you pay to other forums to be members, so I'm going to use those in a poll here to see what we come up with for a good amount.

If was did $50 a person and 100 became members, that almost takes care of it. I think we'll end up with more than 100 members too, so I'm not sure if $50 is too much or too little. Jim doesn't want to profit off this stuff at all.

So here is the poll, vote as you will...I want to know what each of you is willing to pay.

And PLEASE, pass this on to others on the forum and let them know about this poll...I need to get a good wide opinion.

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Old February 11th, 2008, 06:20 AM   #2
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I voted $40. I'd pay up to $50, but would prefer a lower amount, obviously.
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Old February 11th, 2008, 06:23 AM   #3
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$40 seems about right too, but I would pay $50.
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LOL -- human nature -- I thought $30 sounds about right, but I'd pay $40 or $50 if it was truly ad-free. But if you are going to continue ads for non-members, factor what little income they bring in to the total.

I do think making the Amazon on the bar a little brighter would remind people to use it more.
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Old February 11th, 2008, 06:44 AM   #5
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I'll be honest. You charge it, I'll pay it. I really can't imagine you would charge so much that I wouldn't pay it.

ASFN is my crack. I need my fix daily, and would pay whatever to know that I'm not missing out on anything. (Like the little kid that won't go to bed when there's company over)
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Old February 11th, 2008, 07:19 AM   #6
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I honestly wouldn't pay a dime. If it costs money, I'll have to stop posting. Somehow, I think my days here are suddenly short lived.

My family is my crack, I now view this like Ryan does. I like it, but don't need it.
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Old February 11th, 2008, 07:21 AM   #7
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LOL -- human nature -- I thought $30 sounds about right, but I'd pay $40 or $50 if it was truly ad-free. But if you are going to continue ads for non-members, factor what little income they bring in to the total.

I do think making the Amazon on the bar a little brighter would remind people to use it more.
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Old February 11th, 2008, 07:22 AM   #8
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I honestly wouldn't pay a dime. If it costs money, I'll have to stop posting. Somehow, I think my days here are suddenly short lived.

My family is my crack, I now view this like Ryan does. I like it, but don't need it.
You wouldn't need to pay, just get the extras if you do.

Nice jab about family, though. I liked that.
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Old February 11th, 2008, 07:23 AM   #9
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Mox, nix. I'll pay the going rate, whatever it is.
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Just make the Paypal link more prominent. People would kick $5 here and there more often, IMO.

I always thought it was cool that LG had a HOF of donators. Not really my thing, but some people might like seeing their name up.
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Mike, you need to make it clearer this is an optional membership with special perks you are talking about -- no rollover ad links, etc. for those who pay, but non-paying folks are free to continue as usual. You'll freak people out otherwise.

The alternative could be make an extremely low base member fee, like $5 or $10 a year for everyone. That's one starbucks venti capuccino or one beer at a ballgame a year for the user and even students and family men would have a tough time arguing they can't swing that. (Would also discourage visiting fan trolls.) Then let those of us desperate for one advertsing-free place in our lives pay the higher fee.
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btw -- on Amazon -- if I buy a used book there, does it still kick in a few pennies? Because if it does, I'll try to do that rather than ebay or Powells.
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Just make the Paypal link more prominent. People would kick $5 here and there more often, IMO.

I always thought it was cool that LG had a HOF of donators. Not really my thing, but some people might like seeing their name up.
That would probably be a good idea. I have been posting here for months, and had no idea that such a cost was present for these forums or that donations were needed. Maybe because my bookmark goes right to the forum. I guess I'll update that.
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btw -- on Amazon -- if I buy a used book there, does it still kick in a few pennies? Because if it does, I'll try to do that rather than ebay or Powells.

If you click the Shop Amazon link and buy something, we get a commission...no matter what it is.
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Mike, you need to make it clearer this is an optional membership with special perks you are talking about -- no rollover ad links, etc. for those who pay, but non-paying folks are free to continue as usual. You'll freak people out otherwise.

The alternative could be make an extremely low base member fee, like $5 or $10 a year for everyone. That's one starbucks venti capuccino or one beer at a ballgame a year for the user and even students and family men would have a tough time arguing they can't swing that. (Would also discourage visiting fan trolls.) Then let those of us desperate for one advertsing-free place in our lives pay the higher fee.
Thanks, I added a note in the top post...
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