Post # 1
I guess a few of the sites that he frequents are implenting this new policy and he doesn’t agree with it so he asked me what I thought about paying to be a member of WB. These sites are going to charge around $4 p/month for a membership and in turn, nix all of their ads that used to fund the site. I told him that at this stage in the game (having been a member for so long with almost 10k posts), I would pay to be a member because I appreciate the community so much but I couldn’t envision a new user ever doing so.
What about you? Would you pay to be a member? Why or why not?
*FTR: As far as I know, WB is not going to be implenting anything like this. We’re just curious what other forum go’ers think.
Post # 3
I might pay for elements in a cup membership way, but I’d never pay just to access the boards.
Post # 4
I would pay— but only because DH pays for XBOX Live and I don’t fuss him about it, so he can give me my WB!
Post # 5
The most I would ever pay for Weddingbee would be just that; $4-$5 a month to use the site. I couldn’t see myself spending any more to be able to login on just to talk with the community though I do love it here. =)
I agree that I can’t imagine a new user or even those that rarely post would ever sign up to use the site. I really think it would do the site harm eventually. Only way I think they would lure people in is by allowing a free trial of some sort, but even then that’s a shoo in to get new members to sign up.
Post # 5
I voted No because while I do enjoy the community there are others that offer a fairly similary experiance for free. On further thinking though, I think this would significantly deter the trolls and so many sock puppet posts that can spin out of control which I would consider a plus to paying.
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
I belong to a forum that asks for donations to pay server bills. When the mods put up a “server bill due” message, I PayPal them $10-20. One time, they said they got enough to run the site for many months, so it definitely works.
I think that’s a solid way to operate. I don’t like mandating a fee. That would probably stifling the evolution of the community.
Post # 9
I think some of the rules would have to change if it went to a paid site. I think that is an affordable amount though. I did vote no only because when wedding planning there is so much free information out there it wouldn;t make sense to pay for it.
Post # 10
Nope, sorry! I’d miss you guys!
Post # 11
Nope. I don’t like the idea of having to pay to be part of a community.
Post # 12
No way. If they started to charge, the quality of the message boards would go way down. New members wouldn’t sign up because they wouldn’t know what they were missing. So it would just be the same people after awhile posting about the same stuff. Boring.
Post # 13
Nope. We are super-frugal, and it’s not a necessary expense. Of course, technically neither is Internet, but…DH would probably say no.
Post # 14
Nope. Especially since I’m not even wedding planning anymore!
Post # 15
I’d say no because I think it would narrow down the demographics that would sign up, and I wouldn’t want to lose some of the more diverse posts. I think it would especially affect younger members and of course ladies on tight budgets. I like having all the bees around 🙂
Post # 16
Thanks for the feedback. I’m definitely not surprised by the poll results. I figured most members wouldn’t have any interest in paying. That’s how DH feels about his sites.
@Mrs. Mink: That’s a great compromise.
@StormyRose: I totally agree. Rules would definitely have to change if we were paying to be members.
@MsBrooklynA: The lack of trolls would be a plus. I can’t imagine many trouble makers paying to to start shit.
@Rouquine: I agree that it would harm the site. That’s what I told DH and he feels the same way about his sites. All of this just to nix the ads. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’d much rather see a couple ads on my page than have to pay to compensate for them.