I have always been an advocate for the paid membership on this forum, and I still am.You can't elude the fact that the forum exists primarily as an advertising platform.
The new platform will be much better optimised to deliver that but it's down to the members to make their voices heard if the adverts are so intrusive they deter participation.
The question of who is doing who the favour is a great philosophical debate!I have always been an advocate for the paid membership on this forum, and I still am.
I also get the need for adverts that are both at the top and bottom as it doesn't intrude on the thread you are looking at, but to slap an advert straight in the middle of that thread, I think is taking the ****.
Will the advent of the additional revenue this will generate, does this mean that membership fees reduce, or the fees the site sponsors have to pay will be reduced? Will the admin team, that do a brilliant job become salaried? If the answer is No to all of these, then I for one will not renew.
I love this place, but the owners need to understand it is not them that make this the place it is, it is the site sponsors, the admin team and ultimately the members.
There seems to be a dramatic decline in activity of this forum, I know it might just be my perception, but that should raise a red flag with owners and without members, there is no revenue....simple!!
A very politically correct answer. A loss of a forum will be a loss in revenue whatever way you look at it.The question of who is doing who the favour is a great philosophical debate!
Both sides benefit although the balance is not really even.
I don't know of any alternative forum that's anywhere near as good as this one so if it didn't exist that would be a big loss to me.
On the other hand, VS own a very large number of similar clubs so the existence or not of this particular one would make negligible difference to them.
Hi Alb, I have only had a quick look but initially, to me anyway, those platforms do not seem as easy to find things as it is on our current forum or the TalkFord Forum (I use for Mk5 Mondeo).