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Old 19-03-2010, 12:57 PM   #1
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Default The hard part- what would you pay for?

One of the reasons Iím seeking feedback on how we run the forum is a simple matter of finance: the site costs me about $850 per year in hosting, plus another $200 or so to licence vBulletin. Boards+ subscribers help to finance some of this cost, but the site generally runs at a loss, one I incur personally.

At the moment, we have Boards+, which for a measly $10 a year gives you
- avatar and custom title privileges
- access to additional member-only forums hidden from public view

When the Boards+ program first launched I was offering a higher tier of service, one which included ESPN Insider-style additional content. I very rapidly burned out trying to keep up with that schedule, and readily admit I bit off more than I could chew; my real-job work commitments would make that even more difficult now, even if I miss writing and want to get back to it.

That said, the new vBulletin has a content-management bolt-on that would mean instead of hosting Ozhoopsí news site and The Boards separately, I can bring everything in under one system- one logon gives you access to comment on articles, participate in the forums, and (if youíre staff) upload stories or other media. Having only one server to maintain also saves a few hundred bucks.

So I guess the question is- what can I offer that you would pay for? What is it that I can provide that you would consider worthwhile? And what price are you willing to pay? Iím not going to get rich off the site- and I do have a day job- but I donít want to litter the forum with Flash and banner ads just to try and break even.

Any reasonable suggestion considered!

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Old 19-03-2010, 01:00 PM   #2
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As has pointed out a few times recently for different reasons, $10 has been a bargain. If the cost went up a little I wouldn't have a problem with that at all. $20 isn't a problem as far as I'm concerned.

Oh, and I'd still take up the Naughty Corner access for an extra $10
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Old 19-03-2010, 01:03 PM   #3
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More full frontal nudity. You can even have naked women too.

I think that the Boards plus section needs to be somehow opened up to show some of the non-Plus members what they are missing out on. Not full access but perhaps a "week in review" section at the bottom of the main page where you show some of the best discussions and comments from the previous week.
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Old 19-03-2010, 01:07 PM   #4
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I think that the Boards plus section needs to be somehow opened up to show some of the non-Plus members what they are missing out on. Not full access but perhaps a "week in review" section at the bottom of the main page where you show some of the best discussions and comments from the previous week.
We can do this right here:

On Board+, there is currently a topic started called "If it isn't positive, it's negative" and we rag on people who aren't in boards+. It has been a hot topic in the past few days, but are we talking about you?

Give Derek $10 and find out!
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Old 19-03-2010, 01:10 PM   #5
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I was a + dweller in a previous life. I'm not sure if I want to dip my toes in there again but I'm willing to pony up 20 bucks to lurk for a while
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Old 19-03-2010, 01:11 PM   #6
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I was a + dweller in a previous life. I'm not sure if I want to dip my toes in there again
Why is that?
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Old 19-03-2010, 01:07 PM   #7
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More full frontal nudity. You can even have naked women too.
Where has Hound been?
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Old 19-03-2010, 01:03 PM   #8
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I haven't visited OzHoops for years and only did so about quarterly before then. I forgot it even existed before you just mentioned it.

All I want is The Boards, not really interested in anything else. Would doubling the price help? $20 is still measly enough for most people to keep subscribing.
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Old 13-04-2010, 06:12 PM   #9
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I haven't visited OzHoops for years and only did so about quarterly before then. I forgot it even existed before you just mentioned it.

All I want is The Boards, not really interested in anything else. Would doubling the price help? $20 is still measly enough for most people to keep subscribing.
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Old 15-04-2010, 01:05 AM   #10
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first log in here since 2006 apparently, beat that mattic haha!

look, $20 is bugger all to pay, just set up a Paypal and away you go.
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Old 15-04-2010, 12:00 PM   #11
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Who's this random?
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Old 17-04-2010, 07:35 PM   #12
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first log in here since 2006 apparently, beat that mattic haha!

look, $20 is bugger all to pay, just set up a Paypal and away you go.

Whooaa !!

Look what the cat dragged in .....
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Old 19-04-2010, 04:57 PM   #13
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I'd love a crap filter so that all those threads that go mega in a matter of hours with he said, he said arguments automatically got shuffled to another area. For goodness' sake - I'm paying for this rubbish!

Still loving the rest of Ozhoops though
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So you think $40?
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