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Joe should spend time to develop an "ad-free" version for donating members before getting ad revenue. 4 9.76%
I do not mind seeing ads if they help Joe pay for the forum. 31 75.61%
I don't care either way. 6 14.63%
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Old 01-26-03, 07:00 AM   #1
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Poll for Donating Members Only

Joe would like to have ads for more revenue, but is waiting until he can develop a way so that donating members can have an "ad-free" alternative.

I don't mind seeing ads - in fact, I might like to see what is offered, and I would not mind seeing ads until he can get an alternative format prepared, if he so desires.

Do you agree?

Please take the poll and let everyone know.

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Old 01-26-03, 07:34 AM   #2
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Joe should be able to do what ever he feels is best.

I do miss the Russian dating ads though.
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Old 01-26-03, 08:07 AM   #4
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Before I answer. How many ads would be needed? Every Page, 1 in 2? 1 in 4?
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Dnvr- that looks like a CNN poll, written for a certain agenda (sorry dude, I hate disagreeing with a Coloradian)

I don't mind seeing ads, but I just think it is a good idea to offer the choice. And Joe is a techno-dude. Techno-dudes enjoy tinkering with code. Besides, it was his idea first. How do you know that there won't be more revenue overall from more people donating, just so they won't have to see ads?
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Of the options provided, I selected "don't mind." But really, I dislike some ads. I mostly log in via dial-up, so I dislike ads that increase page refresh time significantly. I dislike ads that flash obnoxious colors and make it difficult to even look at the page you're trying to read. And no x10 hidden camera pop-ups, just on principle. So, I guess what I'm saying is, if the ads are tasteful and have class, in keeping with the the general attitude that's maintained here in BF, I don't mind.

FWIW, a forum topic will often send me off either searching for some piece of info, or to a bike retailer page for prices, part options, etc. My point is, sometimes clickable ads can be useful.
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Dnvr- that looks like a CNN poll, written for a certain agenda (sorry dude, I hate disagreeing with a Coloradian)
Hey, why write a poll if you don't have a bias?

I mean, I wouldn't want to waste the space and not get my point across!!

Incidentally, it is officially Coloradan (I think!!).
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Your heart is in the right place. And as long as the ads are bike related, I actually enjoy seeing them. But I am a member of another forum that is setup similarly to what Joe suggested in the other thread, and it works very well there. Choice is a good thing.
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I have faith in Joes values. And if he decides to place ads in the forum, then I know the ads would be bike related and would not detract from the forum.
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I would be pleased with the fourm with ads as long as the ads compliment the forums functions and the forum does not turn into a billboard.. And w/0 ads, we steady members should do a better job of helping out Joe... At least once a year.. There are enough of we hard-core members, seems we could make a sizeable dent into Joe's obligations..
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What? A poll for Donating members only?? Why, this smacks of Profiling, McCartheism, Litigatism, Delineatism and Improvisationalism all rolled into one. I refuse to be singled out for exclusion.

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What would a "No Add" (pay site) cost? Surely there will be a minimum?

I didn't vote, sorry, there isn't enough options, one like "other" included might work. Not sure. :confused:
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At the other site I mentioned above (dirtrider.net) the annual cost is $20 and there is a lifetime option for something like a one time $100. Plus the paying members get some other things extra, like free email and a few "top secret" regional and club type sections that others can't see.

They use Jelsoft there too. Joe- the owner there is Okiewan or something like that, he may be of some help, he seems to be a pretty cordial guy...
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All current donating members will be grandfathered into the paying member group for one year. After that, a 1 year subscription will require a min $20 donation.

Current donation amount is whatever you feel the forums are worth to you. If you think you have received $5 worth of information, feel free to donate $5. If you think they are worth far more then that, feel free to donate that much.

The subscribers will receive a lot more then just a no-ad's version of the forums; they will have access to a lot of additional features and benefits as well.

I hope to have more details soon, but donít expect the subscription model to go into effect for another few months.
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What? A poll for Donating members only?? Why, this smacks of Profiling, McCartheism, Litigatism, Delineatism and Improvisationalism all rolled into one. I refuse to be singled out for exclusion...

...Money orders and checks should be made out to 'Joe Gardner'.

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I don't mind ads, just no pop-ups!!!!
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I see how this issue is being addressed from the perspective of a user/member of the site and that is fine, but there must be some consideration given to the perspective of an advertiser.

I, for example, would like to advertise here but it would be harder to sell me on the idea if I can't reach the members. That group is my target market. Folks who are: Knowledgable, interested year round, follow Euro racing, have opinions and aren't afraid to take a stand, etc.

If you tell me, "You can advertise on our site but our members won't see it," I'm not sure if it is so interesting.

Please don't misunderstand this. I'm not telling anyone how to run their site. I really like this site. Just consider how "the deal" will shake out from all angles. And perhaps other advertisers would be thrilled to get their ad in front of the non-members. I wouldn't presume to speak for anyone but myself...
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I see how this issue is being addressed from the perspective of a user/member of the site and that is fine, but there must be some consideration given to the perspective of an advertiser...
Good points. I have had quite a few industry people ask about advertising here, i have told everyone to save there money & put a link in there sig and profile. The more active they become, the more the members here will trust them, and in the long run, they will make a lot more money, and get a lot more clicks. I also know that most industry people will help the forums, if they see the site in there referral logs daily. As a industry donating member, the members here can trust the company, and know they support the sport on the net.

I have enough things going to keep all advertising internal. Guests will see ad's for the benefits of registering on the forums, and affiliate program ad's targeted to cyclists (probike, magazines, performance, rei etc...). Registered members will see ad's for the benefits of becoming a donating member, as well as the same affiliate ad's.

Donating members will have a choice in there CP to view ad's, if they don't want to see them, they can turn them off. Nobody else will have that option. In addition to the lack of ad's, donating members will have access to alot more features, benefits and styles.

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I think bike-related ads would be fine, and hopefully, informative. Would Krispy-Kreme be considered "bike-related?"
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Don't mind the ads!

Over a Ridemonkey, they have ads, and I click them when the new products hit the street to see what they have or have to say!

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Uuum, where is the thread??? I think that ads would be a better deal than subscription.
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If KK isn't bike related, then I don't know what is!!!!
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