If people are getting business directly from posting on the site (& using other facilities…e.g. signature, attachments, pms etc.) then I think it is ethical for them to contribute for this facility. It doesn’t really add up for one person to host them and meet their advert costs indefinitely.
I find popups visually crude & intrusive. I like the clean layout.
There is a significant congregation of blatantly commercial people now & while the contributions are very helpful I like to see a clearly declared vested interest. For commercial people the business & enjoyment gained from the site should be well worth any financial contribution.
If all this means the Boss is enabled to keep on running the service & even seeking to upgrade/ improve it…so much the better.
Wouldn’t like to see the thing dominated by commercialism. Or that in some way commercial peeps might be the perceived elite…I’ll speak for myself here!!!!I view boats only from a leisure point of view. Therefore they mean fun, escape from the daily drudge of work, nice spins, meeting like-minded people, stops for food, drink, stories…Some may dismiss this as ‘fluff’.
Not everyone looks at a boat & thinks what spec engine? What’s the layout? Length? (An almost uniquely male preoccupation….!!!)
So please continue to allow a little space for those of us who enjoy vaguely boat related chatter…tales from the sea…banter…funny moments…and the odd get together . None of these may add to anyone’s knowledge about engines, sponsons, ropes, anchors, consoles etc. but may be nonetheless valid for those of us with a different perspective on boating…one person’s meme (I think you’re great Meme BTW & regards to the dragon) may just be another person’s moron but I believe there’s room for us all.
Missus (I’ll shut up now).