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xuaxo 12-23-2009 10:00 PM

Paid membership?
From the "Pop-up Ads" thread:

"In the near future we will be offering paid membership which will allow for an ad free experience and the ability to post multiple pictures a day." (by IBsteph)

I'd like to know more details.
I wouldn't feel welcome in a community with two classes of members (paid and not paid). If Internet Brands do that, I can't pay. I don't know now, but perhaps I'll leave or I'll be much less active, even as a 'free', second class member.

bmukherjee 12-23-2009 10:12 PM

Re: Paid membership?
I second that: I certainly wouldn't want two classes in TE. I don't mind adverts, as long as they're decent and unobtrusive. However, I don't want TE to become a lesser equivalent of Flickr - with paid membership! Web 2.0 is, and should always be, free...


PixelTerror 12-24-2009 07:09 AM

Re: Paid membership?
That's an unpleasant Christmas gift for sure...

On Facebook where similar thoughts are on the way there is a (very popular) group called "We will not pay to use facebook, if this happens we are gone", something IB should keep in mind, especially considering that now there is a credible alternative.

Didi 12-24-2009 07:13 AM

Re: Paid membership?
By using Firefox with Pub Block no need to pay

belido 12-24-2009 11:56 AM

Re: Paid membership?
more than one post per day?

That will destroy the fundamental idea that makes this site to survive. We don't want another flickr or whatever.

a sad Christmas season news...

Buin 12-24-2009 12:26 PM

Re: Paid membership?
Another bad and counterproductive idea concerning TrekEarth. The events concerning TE in the last year for me look like a slow suicide of this site. What will happen next ...?!
I do not like the standard of Flickr and other sites like this at all ... the future of TE?
Really a wonderful Christmas surprise!

Keitht 12-24-2009 12:45 PM

Re: Paid membership?
I use a number of non-photography related sites which have a paid membership option. The big difference between them and what appears to be the intention here, is that the membership fee provides access to additional content e.g. reviews.
What I have always liked about TE is the limit on images posted. That encourages members to think more carefully about what they do post rather than slinging all kinds of dross on the site. As others have already suggested, I also think it a fundamentally bad idea for this site, maybe they'll rethink if the proposal is more widely debated.

Romatou 12-24-2009 02:45 PM

Re: Paid membership?
" we will be offering paid membership which will allow for an ad free experience " damned , i gone just when it was going to be funny !!!! ..... just paying for free ! ....

je sens que je vais louper une grosse marrade !

IBsteph 12-24-2009 04:08 PM

Re: Paid membership?
Nothing is set in stone. It's a possibility that we are thinking of doing that's all.
You will all be updated and informed if we do move forward with it . Again,this is something we are considering for DOWN THE ROAD..

Thanks and happy holidays!

pablominto 12-24-2009 05:26 PM

Re: Paid membership?
Paid membership..?

Aaaah seems I got it all wrong – imagine, I got the impression IB would pay us for providing the images they make money on…

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