Discuss: Premium Membership and recent changes to the forums - page 6

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  1. Visit  dphrn profile page
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    Let's see, $24 for a year's membership. If that is going to be tough on some people, which I have read, don't join for two months. Each week put three dollars away in a secret spot. After two months...there is your twenty four dollars. I would feel safe to say there is three dollars a week we all spend on something we do not need in order to live.

    If two dollars a month is not worth the membership to you, don't pay it. I have read how important this site is to many here. I am sure people are wasting two bucks a month on much more that means less to them.

    I am sure I will get flamed for this, but the money argument seems selfish to me and unfair to Brian. Why should he have to foot the bill (large or small) for a site that brings so much to others?
  2. Visit  maureeno profile page
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    the assertion
    "current events is non-nursing related"
    never fails to give me a chuckle!!!

    current events
    problems and solutions
    shape our health and well being

  3. Visit  chris_at_lucas_RN profile page
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    This is not really about money, and it's not about fairness.

    This is Brian's business, and we are the consumers. It was advertised as free, and let's not forget, it still is, just not the current events and break room part.

    That said, there are sponsors gallore on these pages, and that where the support presumably should be coming from.

    We put up with the ads and the delay (short as it is) in getting the screen going so all the ads can line up across the top and down the side, because they are paying Brian to put those ads here, so we will see them.

    This is just like commercials on TV. We don't like them, but we'd like paying by the show or by the channel even less.

    Unless that was the deal.....

    I can live with out the break room. I've never much cared for the current events forum--too hot in there for me.

    There are those who will "vote with their sneakers" (leave and not come back). If there are enough to keep the number of hits high enough that the sponsors keep paying, plus people willing to pay for the premium membership, Brian makes out. And good for him. This is, after all, a business.

    But, if enough of us active posters take our hits elsewhere (or nowhere, just not here), presumably the sponsors will notice. (Magazine subscriptions work like this as well--not enough circulation, advertisers won't be interested in paying, and the mag goes down the tubes.)

    If a BB in the past, before DSL and the bandwidth explosion, didn't make money or just broke even, let's remember that sponsoring (advertising) wasn't then what it is now.

    And nurses weren't then what we are now, in terms of having disposable income.

    It's a big picture. I say Brian can do what he wants. I'm still here, I was disappointed at the timing, because of the Christmas Card activity being located in the BR, but that's fixed.

    I can go or I can stay. But I probably won't pay and put up with the ads. But that's just my thing.
  4. Visit  Spidey's mom profile page
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    There are ads on here? :chuckle

    Truly, I don't even notice them. And I have to admit I've never even clicked on one. Guess I'll have to remember that they help pay the bills and start noticing and click on one or two.

    I just spent $15 on a latte and three sandwiches.

    $24 for a whole year seems very reasonable to me. If it is tough for some, I think the idea of putting aside a buck or two (hey, what about all that loose change on your dresser?) for a few weeks will get most of us the $24.

    steph
  5. Visit  Marie_LPN, RN profile page
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    If you get rid of the arcades, it's going to bother the people that go there.

    I had my own website for 3 years. Ads did NOT completely cover the cost of it, and it wasn't even REMOTELY as big as this one, so i can't imagine how much this one costs, knowing how much my own personal one was, THREE years ago.

    This will be my last post on this thread, and this will be my last statment on it, because it's just a simple issue for me: I'm not the one that spends my free time redesigning things, dealing with the bandwidth, paying for the software, the domain, working on all of this for free, dealing with out-of-line posts/threads, etc., etc., and most of all i don't own this site, and i made the decision to pay to be here, and if i didn't like something about it, i won't put up an arguement about it unless any of the above applied to me or my membership.

    Have a nice day.
    Last edit by Marie_LPN, RN on Dec 8, '04
  6. Visit  chris_at_lucas_RN profile page
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    Quote from Marie_LPN
    If you get rid of the arcades, it's going to bother the people that go there.
    I don't think we know that. I don't think until and unless they are either asked, or the arcades go away suddenly and we see what the response is, if any.
  7. Visit  dphrn profile page
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    Quote from Marie_LPN
    If you get rid of the arcades, it's going to bother the people that go there.

    I had my own website for 3 years. Ads did NOT completely cover the cost of it, and it wasn't even REMOTELY as big as this one, so i can't imagine how much this one costs, knowing how much my own personal one was, THREE years ago.

    This will be my last post on this thread, and this will be my last statment on it, because it's just a simple issue for me: I'm not the one that spends my free time redesigning things, dealing with the bandwidth, paying for the software, the domain, working on all of this for free, dealing with out-of-line posts/threads, etc., etc., and most of all i don't own this site, and i made the decision to pay to be here, and if i didn't like something about it, i won't put up an arguement about it unless any of the above applied to me or my membership.

    Have a nice day.
    Well said Marie. The way I look at it, take it or leave it. It is Brian's site to do with as he likes. Either pay the twenty four dollars or don't. If the areas in this site that will not be available to you mean that much to you, then maybe you need to pay the money to become a premium member. It will be money well spent! If not, don't.
  8. Visit  NursesRmofun profile page
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    Just going to post my opinion here and now. Everyone has an opinion you know.

    Thanks for the info, Brian.

    My stance is that I read and post mostly to the break room....and nearly everyday. My fav threads are the word game threads lately. Therefore, **I do not want to lose the word game threads.** They are entertaining for myself and others. I would rather pay for my membership (and I will) then lose the games. Please let me know if you have any intention of disallowing the games, because then I would not purchase the membership. Thank you! (copying this to Brian's IM box.)
  9. Visit  Brian profile page
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    No, we are not going to remove the word games. I'm glad you enjoy them, I enjoy reading them too. I appreciate your support. (I just replied to your PM also )

    Quote from NursesRmofun
    Just going to post my opinion here and now. Everyone has an opinion you know.

    Thanks for the info, Brian.

    My stance is that I read and post mostly to the break room....and nearly everyday. My fav threads are the word game threads lately. Therefore, **I do not want to lose the word game threads.** They are entertaining for myself and others. I would rather pay for my membership (and I will) then lose the games. Please let me know if you have any intention of disallowing the games, because then I would not purchase the membership. Thank you! (copying this to Brian's IM box.)
    Last edit by brian on Dec 8, '04
  10. Visit  NursesRmofun profile page
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    thank you! thank you! thank you!
  11. Visit  valk profile page
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    This site has 50730 registered members. If 30% (15,219) become premium members at $24 per year you receive $365,256 per year. That is over $1,000 per day!
  12. Visit  weetziebat profile page
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    Quote from valk
    this site has 50730 registered members. if 30% (15,219) become premium members at $24 per year you receive $365,256 per year. that is over $1,000 per day!
    valk, thank you very much for taking the time to calculate that. it's really quite a bit of money, isn't it? hmmm.............................................. ....
  13. Visit  NRSKarenRN profile page
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    Checking this months bb stats:

    52% have never posted a thread
    12% of active members visited in past month

    so I suspect the premimum members income quoted above is not happening anytime soon...but one can dream about it!


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