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Authored by: PsiPhi on Sep 10, '04 04:03:28PM
Hey Rob,
Just want to say right off the bat that I'm in no way shape or form opposed to you getting some revenue from ads. Neither am I opposed to you doing anything you damned well please with your site. I have been a long time Mac OS X Hints "viewer" and will continue to be one.

That said... I'm just a little curious how you plan to resolve the apparent clash in these two statements:

From the article:
You should also know that I will never consider the "other way" of making money on a site like this -- by restricting areas of the site to subscribers only

From parent:
Down the road, I do intend to add some features that may be available only to subscribers

Is it the "may be" part? Again, I'm not voicing objection over you adding subscriber privileges -- this is one of a very few sites I would consider subscribing to -- I'm just curious what the distinction is? Are you saying you'd never make it a "subscription only" site but that you might add some subscriber perks?

Anyway, keep up the good work, your advertisers will get at least one page view per day from me.

-peter schart

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Authored by: robg on Sep 10, '04 07:34:31PM
No confusion meant -- the next sentence after what you quoted is important for the context of the statement to be understood:
The community built this site into what it is today, and (as long as I have any say in the matter), the community-contributed content here will always be freely readable and searchable for everyone.
That's what I mean by "restricting areas of the site" to subscribers only. That's what I would never do -- restrict access to the hints and database to those who subscribe. I would never do this. Ever. Really. I think it's plain evil :).

In another follow-up here somewhere, though, I discussed the concept of a "Gold" account which would offer additional features beyond the free features. You can find it to read what I wrote, but the other important thing to note is that I have this plan in mind only if the ads don't work out -- it's just another option to hopefully help fund the site. All it is at this point, though, is just a concept.

So my hope is that the ads work out, but if they don't, I'll need to consider other options to keep the site online. Paid-for "Gold" accounts is but one option, and (I reiterate :), those would never come at the expense of locking free users out of those areas of the site that make macosxhints what it is -- the hints and the database of past hints!

Hope that helps;

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Authored by: PsiPhi on Sep 11, '04 04:36:14PM

Ah, I see now. That makes perfect sense.


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