is paid membership worth it?

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  1. bigtwinky

    bigtwinky No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    i was looking over what you get as a paid member and the only mildly enticing thing is the member only area. However, I'd like to know if that member area gets any traffic?

    Maybe that is the solution to avoiding all the same old questions over and over and actually have photography discussions instead of just "what lens should I get" style discussions
     
  2. kundalini

    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I've let my subscription slide. The only benefit I saw was more space in the In Box numbers. Of course, you can get to the "subscribers Only" type forums, but they are essentially HELLO, Hello, hello...... ghost towns. Not like back in the day.
     
  3. Chiller

    Chiller Mental case

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    I didnt renew my subscription either. Not worth one penny really. I took my money elsewhere.
     
  4. jbylake

    jbylake Dodging the Men in Black Supporting Member

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    The members only area is DEAD....I posted there a couple of months ago, and then again today. The only posts in that amount of time.
    But I contribute a little for a different reason. I glean ALOT of info from this site. I can get just about any answer to any question about any camera, or composure, or....well you get it. I don't do a lot of C&C, unsless it's composure or something of the sort, and because I shoot strictly film, my input for digital questions are almost non-existant, unless it's a "cross over" question.

    So by contributing, it's my way of giving back a little, and not just taking.

    But as far as "extra's and goodies" ....well there's not much there.

    Don't know if this helps....

    J.:mrgreen:
     
  5. Dmitri

    Dmitri No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Not to be a cold log in winter, but the people you are giving your money to have nothing to do with what you like about the site. They know absolutely nothing about photography (and have openly admitted it). They just bought the forum from the guy who started it hoping to make an easy dollar and, as you can see by others posts, have done more to hurt the forum that help it.

    In my opinion.
     
  6. jbylake

    jbylake Dodging the Men in Black Supporting Member

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    I see your point Dmitri, but without sponsorship, or funding the site could just go away, thereby eliminating everything we all like about the site.

    I lease servers and have maintenance costs for my own (for profit) business site(s). A large part of my ROI, is consumed by administration costs. It's not cheap, like hosting a personal web page. So, if the folks that run this site's only motive is to make a buck, well, at least this site keeps going.

    J.:mrgreen:
     
  7. sinjans

    sinjans TPF Noob!

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    Well to be honest i did it just to be supportive. I creeped on this site for about 6 months and then threw a few bucks its way one night with a glass of dark rum. do i miss the money? no. will i support again? probably not.
     
  8. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I do it just to be supportive as well.. it doesn't cost that much and I do have a good understanding of the costs involved keeping and maintaining a site.

    It also lets me attach images directly without having to upload to another host. Just a tiny little bit more convenient.
     
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    lostprophet No longer a newbie, moving up!

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  10. Corry

    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    No.
     
  11. Hertz van Rental

    Hertz van Rental TPF Noob!

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    I've let my subscription go as well.
    I didn't mind paying when Chase was the owner because it was fun and we all spent a lot of time on here. But now?
    The subscribers forum was never very busy at the best of times and as for all the advertising...
    The only advantage to subscription is to be able to upload pictures here, but as there are so many free sites for that now it's not much of an advantage.
    And there are other sites that have specific crit forums with terrific mods and feedback :mrgreen:



    What's this in my hands? A trumpet? And it's mine? Well, I never! :lmao:
     
  12. mishele

    mishele Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Waste of money!!! I will not renew. And for those of you that think that you are being nice by supporting the forum.......look around they have advertisements everywhere.......save your money!! I looks like they are making plenty. :D
     

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