One of the rare ones that understands what it takes to maintain a web site. I guess people think it doesn't cost anything... We have advertising because it costs to have programmers, graphic designers, networking admin, host, servers, bandwidth, equipment (camera, lighting, etc), travel, etc... and advertising doesn't pay the bills all the time. I do not agree with charging for news content as that's what gets your traffic in the first place, however I do see charging for certain services. We are looking into other ways to keep the site going rather than putting ads all over the place... some sites put ads within your news article, or do full-page flash ads. I continiously work on keeping our ads and site balanced and Action Online has been great in understanding the sensititivity of our community in those regards.Originally posted by seth_quinn
Tycho brings up one other point I want to touch on. as a web designer I am very familiar with things like bandwidth and monthly hosting bills. I couldn't even begin to imagine what it costs to keep this site running every month. but I thank you for doing it! for those that don't understand what I talking about; everytime each one of us loads/reloads a page, checks out the images in the cdb or members collections, ..., ..., it costs SirSteve et all money. and it adds up fast. if you don't think so or have never thought about - know this and know it well - this site is an incredible privilege and we are all very lucky to have it. thanks again guys!!
So, what WOULD you pay for? An auction system like ebay? Or what about a Deluxe Classifieds system? You only get charged if you sell something... comments and suggestions welcome.