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  1. Jim

    Jim Ringleader

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    To all Funsters

    Many of you know that I have worked extremely hard to keep this site subscription free, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to do so. There are not enough advertisers willing to pay and not enough Funsters buying the club merchandise I have produced. As a consequence of this, and after much deliberation I have decided that on the 1st of July MotorhomeFun will become a subscription based site.


    While the costs of the site rise dramatically the revenue stream is barely level, if not reducing, and something has to give. I thought about revisiting donations but I remember the problems they caused a couple of years ago and do not want to repeat them, and anyway the amount of people who donate are a tiny fraction of the membership. And so, whilst I understand and agree with some of the arguments against subscriptions I have decided that they are the only way forward, I just cannot afford to subsidise everyone’s fun any longer.


    Old hands will know I have often taken the mickey out of other forums that charge so you will realise that by becoming subscription based, it makes the pie I’m eating taste pretty humble.


    I know (and have used) all the old arguments against subscriptions, charging us to read our own information etc. I can start a forum for free etc. These sound like valid arguments, except the charges are not for reading they are for the hosting and the management of all that information. As for companies that offer free forums, if they were any good I’d use one; they just don’t work when you are talking about such high bandwidth usage; with hundreds on-line at any time of day or night and 11gb and rising backup to complete each night.


    So after much deliberation I have decided that the annual fee will be £12 a year. I’m sure because of this charge this thread will spawn a few “goodbye” threads, and I know that whatever I say, some of you with call me a
    capitalist bastard that’s cashing in while others will say I told you so etc. I’m aware that this action means that the vast majority of members will not pay. This will mean that our subscriber base and this place will become a much smaller gang of Funsters, but I’m happy with that, it’s not about how many members we have, it’s about paying our way and getting the very best out of the site and using it as a catalyst for our travels, adventures and get-togethers

    If you are not in a position to subscribe please do contact me. However if you choose not to subscribe, then you will still be able to see most of the site and even make a few posts but you won't get the best out of the site without subscribing
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    I hope that you think this great site is worth a quid a month. I certainly do. And it will free me up from desperately chasing advertisers and fund raising and I might even find the time to post a bit more myself

    You can subscribe by going to the “My Profile” link on the top menu and then going down to bottom to the item marked “Paid Subscriptions” or you can
    click here.

    Thanks

    Jim






     

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  2. Road Runner

    Road Runner Read Only Funster

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    S'pose it well worth a quid a month, this forum keeps me sane (if I am that is?:Laughing:)

    Hope it goes OK Jim and Fun can continue.
     
  3. tofo

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    jim is there a postal address/box no

    to post a cheque to
    tofo
     
  4. andyman

    andyman Read Only Funster

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    Just paid and happy to do so.
     
  5. peter marshall

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    Jim I have just paid the £12.00, as we will be away in Southport and LLangolen for the next 10 days. Peter & Lynn:thumb::thumb:
     
  6. PenelopePitstop

    PenelopePitstop Funster Life Member

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    Jim,

    I quite understand where you're coming from, the cost of hosting a large site can be prohibitive and advertisers etc are all feeling the pinch in the current economic climate.

    £12 a year is nothing to pay for the great forum we have here - you and Bryan have worked wonders with it! :Smile:

    Long may it continue! :thumb: We all need FUN!!:thumb:
     
  7. johnp10

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    Well worth it Jim, had to happen, getting too big & too good.The shit yet to appear on the dark side will make good reading.
    PayPal?
    John

    Just spotted the PayPal link.
    I need to enter a new card, but dont know how secure this hotel WiFi link is.
    Will do it at home at the w/end.
    John
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Also paid and very happy to do so .. :Smile:

    keep up the great work Jim
     
  9. Brisey

    Brisey Funster Life Member

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    All done and dusted Jim.:thumb:
    Being a Funster ---- Priceless:BigGrin:

    Brisey
     
  10. Kon tiki

    Kon tiki Read Only Funster

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    Sorry to hear it, doomed by your own success it seems :cry: but as you expect it's goodbye from me for all the reasons I don't subscribe or ever will to any of the forums. But good luck anyway in your new commercial venture.

    No doubt there will be even more forums as they form other break away groups & the information still gets spread around.
     
  11. Jim

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    No problem at all:thumb:
    please send to me made payable to MotorhomeFun

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  12. hilldweller

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    A quid a month sonny, we're old pensioners we are. We'll not be able to eat on Fridays now. I don't know how to break this to 'er indoors, she'll 'ave one of 'er turns she will.

    Thank goodness you've listened to your members at last. This place that you created is special, if the cost of a couple gallons of fuel ensures it keeps going then who can argue with that.

    Look at it another way, how many people have a free phone in their houses, that is similar to FUN, a means of communication. And on that theme note that a phone is charged just to receive calls, so I think you would be justified in a lower read-only subscription. I'd go further, why should the ones who gladly pay for contributing have all their ideas given to the ones who will not pay, no justice in that.


     
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    Done
     
  14. Sneezles

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    I've paid! :Smile::thumb:
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Please don't take this as confrontational.

    Let me just say politely:

    You probably pay a TV licence.
    You probably buy books and papers.
    You probably have a phone.
    You pay for the right to drive your MH -- A LOT.

    So why not a modest contribution to FUN ?
     
  16. thehutchies

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    We paid nearly £20 recently for the checklist and travel journal to support the site.
    We paid £25 for Roger's eyebrow to help fund a chatroom upgrade.

    Now we're expected to pay £12 a year?

    What a capitalist bastard that’s cashing in.
    I told you so.




    :BigGrin:

    Well, someone had to say it.
    Will pay soon :thumb:
     
  17. champers

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    Thank you Jim, it needed to be done and gladly paid

    John and Kath
     
  18. weekenders

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    We will joing MHF and pay the subscription when we return from our hols in europe, not on a secured site here in Belgium.
     
  19. old-mo

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    All done,, I hope, I think.. :RollEyes:

    Money well spent for what I have learnt and the friends I have made.

    Thanks Jim.
     
  20. Theonlysue

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    Subscriptions2

    All paid - you meet a better class of people here:Rofl1:

    S.
     
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