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Old 01 April 2004, 15:07   #21
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Originally posted by Richard B
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Old 01 April 2004, 16:44   #22
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Originally posted by nickjaxe
Looks like I will just be reading in future, 30.00 for 6 months to much for me, I dont have a prob with adds.
Originally posted by Keith Hart
Go for paid advertising on the site. Keep it free to use . . . Being a free site is what encourages new members.
Originally posted by Steve Care
Charging to post would be a bad idea as you may read a thread have a very good answer BUT not be willing to pay 30.00 to give a member the answer he needs.
It looks like I may not have been as clear as I thought!

The proposed changes would only affect posts to the "Buy and sell" forums, not any others. These are advertising forums, and it seems fair that people advertising should make a contribution.

I have no intention of changing the general forums at all. It has always been my firm belief that these should be completely free and open. This will always continue.
Originally posted by Ian
The forum isn't the place though IMHO, the trade directory is the place to charge. If you're listed/advertising in these you should pay for it.
Basic entry to the directory will always be free, as limiting the listing to paid entries would reduce the usefulness of the directory. I do intend to offer enhanced "paid for" listings as well though. Watch this space!


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Old 01 April 2004, 16:53   #23
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I understood it John, but did you have to spell it out for Manos...

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Old 02 April 2004, 01:06   #24
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i would be happy to pay, for advertising, though how much you want to charge, should be looked at, in detail, this is a great place to chat,and learn something new everyday, some real characters post here and as its free,,it will continue to grow
like the idea of buying ribnet teeshirts mugs and stickers.
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Old 02 April 2004, 01:42   #25
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Hi John,

IMHO, I realise that the time and effort put in by yourself has made this a excellent site, thank you.

I for one have made so many new friends and contacts; long may it continue to do so.

I am in full support of charging for Buy/Selling thread and for advertising as you are providing the facility to do so.

Merchandising is also a good way of self financing is this avenue worth exploring I am sure that the Ribnet Penants, T-Shirts Ect, will cointinue to sell as new members sign up.


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Old 02 April 2004, 01:58   #26
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Hi John,

your ideas to charge for small ads seem fair to me, where else can you advertise unwanted items to a target audience for free,

As for commercial companies
Any company looking at the site can see from the forum how proactive a group this is in terms of serious boating ,and a small
popup must surely be of benifit to all concerned.

I do like the idea of more burgess, teeshirts ect or even a sticker
it would be nice to identify fellow members on the water and also increase awareness of the site.

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Old 02 April 2004, 02:49   #27
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John - Sounds OK to me - sign me up for a traders thingy then! Also happy to quote for burgees, clothing and the stickers!

And then you can have one of the first BananaSharks with the profits!
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Old 02 April 2004, 03:06   #28
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A great forum


As a fairly new member I am very impressed with your site.
Of course it is nothing without the posts of members.

We all have become used to using the site for free, so if we have to pay in future, in whatever form, what can we expect for our money?

One idea I have is for the reference section. A glossary of Rib and other water usage terminology would be helpful especially for newcomers. Also a directory where problems previously discussed could be filed in an FAQ section. Plus an indexed section of previously posted URL's which point us to suppliers of relevant items or items of interest.

Perhaps those people that have the very occasional item to sell could be allowed to post say 4 small/low value items for sale per year.

On the other hand Ribs/engines etc advertisements should incur a charge. I realise you currently have a voluntary system in place for Rib sales via the forum which must be difficult to police.

What about a free number of posts after which membership has to be paid for? Thereafter access to the reference section and other info is free.

If such a fee is set too high, most will probably not join; if on the otherhand the fee was say 10 the majority might sign-up.

Can you analyse how many views members with low posts have made in order to find out the number of casual users who look a lot but contribute a little? This may help determine how many would pay a membership fee.

Enough for now I'm sure.

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Old 02 April 2004, 03:18   #29
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Old 02 April 2004, 03:24   #30
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I'll go for the RIBnet branded items, I am a sucker for anything like that.


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