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post #102676 of 109053
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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post

+1000.

The reason that SF exists, and the reason that SF brings in money to the owners (Fok and J, presumably), is because of the members.

Without members who contribute useful content, SF dies and so does the income stream.

There's clearly a balancing act here - SF needs revenue to cover costs and to give Fok a wage for running the site and advertising provides that revenue stream, but if there's too much advertising it will deter new members and drive current members away.

As long as there is advertising on the site, I'd be vehemently opposed to the idea of a membership fee because, as a member who posts content (content that is, hopefully, of some small benefit to the wider forum), I and all of the other members who regularly post on SF are already contributing to SF's business model. Therefore, expecting active members to pay a membership smacks of double-dipping, in a sense.

It's a common model on forums. I'm personally opposed to the idea, as Ice stated before, but other members have suggested it, and I'm generally open to new ideas. But having talked to a number if people today, and hearing the feedback here, I'll shelve the idea. No media sure has successfully implemented a subscription/donation only model. Even Wikipedia can't do it, and they are looking at other revenue sources.

I'll tell you that my primary job In the organization is to advocate for initiatives that help the community - for example, @Synthese and I were hashing out improvements to b&s today, the major piece of development that we are getting resources for.

If you want things done, propose things that are realistic, things that I can bring to the table and reasonably defend.

Think about it. I am the community facing part of the forum management. I get to read and field all the complaints. If you think that I don't implement things just because, you think that I am more masochistic than I really am.
post #102677 of 109053

Maybe getting rid of the "Styleforum Top Picks" & "Topics Discussed" on the right and using the space more productively.

 

The Hanger Project ad should never be repeated. Affiliate threads are working out great in my opinion, I've also shopped at many online stores with affiliate threads on this forum and will continue to do so as they pay and provide information for this community to exist and also pass a certain standard of quality expected by members of this forum. Just participating and answering forum member's questions shows commitment. A flashy ad on the side, not so much.

 

I say look into tweaking B&S a bit. One advantages it has imo is it integrates a forum user's profile & posts w/ the B&S. You're able to leave comments regarding a transaction with someone (which is great, just positive ratings does not mean that much imo) and also read deeper into the seller. Not sure what you can leverage with that.

post #102678 of 109053
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Originally Posted by Bam!ChairDance View Post

I loved the ad

Having Kirby paint my bedroom walls tomorrow with the same images, only bigger

lol8[1].gif
post #102679 of 109053
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Originally Posted by Raindrop View Post

Maybe getting rid of the "Styleforum Top Picks" & "Topics Discussed" on the right and using the space more productively.

The Hanger Project ad should never be repeated. Affiliate threads are working out great in my opinion, I've also shopped at many online stores with affiliate threads on this forum and will continue to do so as they pay and provide information for this community to exist and also pass a certain standard of quality expected by members of this forum. Just participating and answering forum member's questions shows commitment. A flashy ad on the side, not so much.

I say look into tweaking B&S a bit. One advantages it has imo is it integrates a forum user's profile & posts w/ the B&S. You're able to leave comments regarding a transaction with someone (which is great, just positive ratings does not mean that much imo) and also read deeper into the seller. Not sure what you can leverage with that.

Right now we are looking at a better filtering integrates with search.

Site features, right now those are defaults, but putting better content there will be part of Synthese's job as our new editor in chief. For a while, I've been wearing too many hats for that to be really interesting or effective, but that will change.
post #102680 of 109053
thumb comments, if only for swd, as we did not abuse it like the others did.
post #102681 of 109053
I would even be cool with it if thumb comments were supplemented via thumb ads as long as they were kawaii
post #102682 of 109053
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Originally Posted by nahneun View Post

thumb comments, if only for swd, as we did not abuse it like the others did.

lolno
post #102683 of 109053
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

It's a common model on forums. I'm personally opposed to the idea, as Ice stated before, but other members have suggested it, and I'm generally open to new ideas. But having talked to a number if people today, and hearing the feedback here, I'll shelve the idea. No media sure has successfully implemented a subscription/donation only model. Even Wikipedia can't do it, and they are looking at other revenue sources.

I'll tell you that my primary job In the organization is to advocate for initiatives that help the community - for example, @Synthese and I were hashing out improvements to b&s today, the major piece of development that we are getting resources for.

If you want things done, propose things that are realistic, things that I can bring to the table and reasonably defend.

Think about it. I am the community facing part of the forum management. I get to read and field all the complaints. If you think that I don't implement things just because, you think that I am more masochistic than I really am.

I know AV threads are integral to SF's revenue stream, but I'd like the forum to be a bit more selective about who gets one. Esp on the CM side of the board, it almost feels like the entire main page is nothing but AV threads (I know I'm exaggerating, but the impression is perhaps more important than the truth). It makes visiting the main page a bit of a turn off -- there are ads on the side, ads in the background, and essentially ads where active threads are listed.

I also feel like many of the new AV companies aren't even things that are terribly aligned with SF members' interests. It's like anyone can purchase a spot if they just have the money. Which again, just feels like its to the advantage of no one -- the AV, SF management, or its members.
post #102684 of 109053
(unpopular opinion) remove thumbs, I don't like them. It discourages discussion with a simple button press and they feel especially narcissistic even for a site about posting pictures of yourself and things you own. I'd much prefer an "I enjoyed this because..." than a thumb
post #102685 of 109053
A lot of forums separate affiliates into their own separate sub-forum away from other discussion.

PS is the fabled SF SF meetup still happening?
post #102686 of 109053
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Originally Posted by nicelynice View Post

(unpopular opinion) remove thumbs, I don't like them. It discourages discussion with a simple button press and they feel especially narcissistic even for a site about posting pictures of yourself and things you own. I'd much prefer an "I enjoyed this because..." than a thumb
^ I enjoyed this because!
post #102687 of 109053
Thumb comments were either in-jokes about fashion, or absolutely dreadful and mean-spirited, mostly on SWD.
post #102688 of 109053
I wish I could see the thumbs on the mobile site. I have to switch to desktop to see if people approve of my latest "should I" buy this ugly thing post
post #102689 of 109053
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post

Thumb comments were either in-jokes about fashion, or absolutely dreadful and mean-spirited, mostly on SWD.

this is true
post #102690 of 109053
Yeah, but TCWalter's thumb comments made up for all of the mean ones.

Actually, I never got any mean ones.
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