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    Membership Fee?

    I know that this will generate some controversy, but I think it's worth discussing.

    Have we ever considered having an annual membership fee?

    I'd be willing to pay $100 annually to repel spammers and cheapskates looking for free service.
    For those of you that feel the need to cater to endusers, that forum could be left open for that sort of trash. =^..^=

    Last edited by blackcat4866; 11-30-2010 at 05:01 PM.
    If you'd like a serious answer to your request:
    1) demonstrate that you've read the manual
    2) demonstrate that you made some attempt to fix it.
    3) if you're going to ask about jams include the jam code.
    4) if you're going to ask about an error code include the error code.


    blackcat: Master Of The Obvious =^..^=

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    very good idea but 100$ it not very much ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaza View Post
    very good idea but 100$ it not very much ....
    WAAAAAA??!?!?!?!!?

    All the other forums I am on usually have a spot where you can buy a premium membership which lets you access things that most regular members cant access. Also allows more PM's, icons, and custom crap. Id be open to the idea just to get the spammers out but 100$ a year is kinda a lot for me.


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    I thought that the idea of a free content site that has the ads cover costs is the most viable for volume of traffic, also the more traffic the more advantage you get in searches, hence more members, etc. The most expensive premium site I am a member of costs me $20.00 per year. Membership has benefits, but historically it kills forums. I am sure many members here have left some other tech forum that started to charge and limit what was available to the free membership. If it is an elite club of strictly technicians, I am sure that can be added to the site, and money, $100 worth, would be the determining factor as to what makes you a technician. Spammers, some yea, but one learns real soon and easily to ignore that and then it becomes invisible. As for endusers being trash.........well, they do pay my bills in the long run and online, they can be totally ignored.


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    I ignore cheapskates and spammers.
    Charging $100.00 is awful high considering a copier techs pay.
    Most are looking for easy fixes that someone else has run into.
    Charging for the site would chase them off.

    Why do they call it common sense?

    If it were common, wouldn't everyone have it?

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    I do like the idea of filtering out the spammers, hit&runners & others without conscience. But we also know that some are far more helpful than others around here & charging them money to give out their free advice on their own time may not be the best solution either. Maybe a solution could be found in the middle whereby you are discounted proportionately to your contribution or pay-per-thread if you are asking questions.

    That being said i definitely would pay $100 to be a member here...worth every penny!


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    Quote Originally Posted by nmfaxman View Post
    I ignore cheapskates and spammers.
    Charging $100.00 is awful high considering a copier techs pay.
    Most are looking for easy fixes that someone else has run into.
    Charging for the site would chase them off.
    I have to agree, I dont have the extra money for it, I have been in the business for 11 years now, and its not the best pay, also have a 18 month old at home as well...there aint no free time or extra money to join a forum membership.


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    idea is good, but I wouldn't pay it. I jump on here to help out those who have questions or problems and have only asked 2 questions since joining. Have many other things I can do for free

    Accidents don't just happen. They must be carelessly planned.

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    Horrible idea. No matter how much you paid you would still have to deal with at least one spammer...

    If you want your own little club you should just create your own site, then you could ban whoever you want whenever you feel like it.

    But I'm trying, Ringo. I'm trying real hard... to be the Shepherd.

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    Or maybe we can get the ban hammer going on the next person who asks "How can I reset the copy count on myrefurbished machine that I sold to a customer as new?"


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