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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:05 am 
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Hi everyone,

Sorry to be the bringer of bad news, but as you know our membership numbers aren't what they used to be, and if we want to keep the site running, someone's going to have to pay for it. Chuck has very kindly hosted the site for a few years now, and I believe different people have chipped in to keep the domain name, but unfortunately if we'd like the site to continue, we're going to have to ask for contributions.

After discussing with Chuck, we have decided that a $10 annual fee per member (discounted to $5 for new sign-ups) should be an appropriate place to start in the 2014 offseason (precise date to be determined), and we'll see how that affects the bottom line for next season. Payments can be made over PayPal (recipient also TBD, likely directly to Chuck). There will be a few designated sub-forums that permit lurkers, but most forums (including the team ones) will go behind the paywall.

This is a democratic sort of place, so we're willing to hold discussions if people think the amount is too great, too little, etc., or if there is a better solution, such as merging with a different website. Feel free to put your thoughts in this thread.

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J21






P.S. Happy April 1. ;)

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:17 am 
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Happy to pay annual fees to keep the site going. But the number is too low no? $20 per year? How many active members are there?


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:28 am 
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Just say when and how much. PayPal works for me.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:33 am 
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How many people know how to read?


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:43 am 
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Stinky wrote:
How many people know how to read?

:lol:

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:58 am 
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Jyrki21 wrote:
Stinky wrote:
How many people know how to read?

:lol:


:P what was that line about fine print and killing all the lawyers

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:58 am 
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I'm down.

So long as I get the money.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:06 am 
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So does razz have to pay $5 or $10?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:23 am 
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In my defence I was reading it on my phone. Scrolling down is hard.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:41 am 
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Stinky wrote:
How many people know how to read?


:lol:

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 9:47 am 
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I've been paying for the domain name for years. I would consider that my contribution and I will continue to do so. My paranoia thoroughly enjoys this "pay wall" to separate us from the rabble and google archives. I would rather pay than have ads.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 9:53 am 
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Stinky wrote:
How many people know how to read?
Well I saw that but thought,
"Who in their right mind would explicitly call April Fools if it were actually a joke?" -- due to the serious nature of the note. Anyways, happy to pay if money is a concern, otherwise Happy April Fools! :toot:


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:21 am 
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oh balls....I didn't see the PS....whatever......I like the Pay wall idea.....

Obviously you folks are far too quick witted for me. Must be all of those advanced stats.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:25 am 
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I, being lame and me, was on the site when this got posted. I'm a bit sharper at 10 PM than I am at 8 AM. The whole midnight posting made it impossible for me to believe the premise.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:11 pm 
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I should redirect you all to fuckthecanucks.com or some weird ass hentai shit.....

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:47 pm 
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harmfuljays wrote:
I've been paying for the domain name for years. I would consider that my contribution and I will continue to do so. My paranoia thoroughly enjoys this "pay wall" to separate us from the rabble and google archives. I would rather pay than have ads.

So yeah, joking aside, we could easily make the forum content members -only without actually instituting a pay-wall if people wanted that. Reduces the chance of new membership from slim to none, though.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:56 pm 
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In all honesty the Net has passed this place by......most people Tweeter and facescrew their thoughts now..This place is pretty generic and has little flash and dash or bells and whistles to attract the new folk. There are a lot of grumpy old men here who used to be young. If we wanted to attract new clientele this place needs a serious facelift and more tolerance. Otherwise......I say we button it up. That's my two cents......now for that redirect.

The memberlist probably needs to be purged....we haven't had a new contributor since Spiderman the Habs guy (2011)! His GDTs are very pretty.....

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:17 pm 
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harmfuljays wrote:
In all honesty the Net has passed this place by......most people Tweeter and facescrew their thoughts now..This place is pretty generic and has little flash and dash or bells and whistles to attract the new folk. There are a lot of grumpy old men here who used to be young. If we wanted to attract new clientele this place needs a serious facelift and more tolerance. Otherwise......I say we button it up. That's my two cents......now for that redirect.


I wouldn't mind some new faces (after all we wouldn't really know Mr BnG, Patty, or Chuck if not for "recruiting drives") but it's not at the top of my list.


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Av-merican wrote:
harmfuljays wrote:
In all honesty the Net has passed this place by......most people Tweeter and facescrew their thoughts now..This place is pretty generic and has little flash and dash or bells and whistles to attract the new folk. There are a lot of grumpy old men here who used to be young. If we wanted to attract new clientele this place needs a serious facelift and more tolerance. Otherwise......I say we button it up. That's my two cents......now for that redirect.


I wouldn't mind some new faces (after all we wouldn't really know Mr BnG, Patty, or Chuck if not for "recruiting drives") but it's not at the top of my list.


Problem is we're adding no one and continue to lose people. Not a healthy long term sustainbable trend.

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Problem is we're adding no one and continue to lose people. Not a healthy long term sustainbable trend.


Agreed. That's why I'd like some new blood in here.


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