Joined: Sep. 2004
||Posted: Jan. 03 2005,12:07 pm
|Quote (mickemt @ Dec. 31 2004,1:49 am)|
With that said, I'm interested to see how many of us would be willing to pay for a "premium membership" and what we would expect to get for our money.
Obviously, this site is costing someone, and adding new features or services will cost them even more. GC has the "premium" membership feature, and I think it's a good value. [...]
Personally, the division between "special 'Premium' people" and "lame cheapskate people" is the second thing that turned me off of "the other [commercial] site". (For the first thing, see my post in the "G.C. Forums Suck" [I didn't name it...] thread, elsewhere in the forums.)
This is not to say that this site doesn't "deserve" our support, but this is not a site that seems to be primarily a money-making venture capitalizing on geocaching, but rather a sort of "fan" site. To me, this attitude is one of the attractions of this site. Although the site owner(s?) do have a metaphorical gift shop set up where you can buy mugs, T-shirts, hats, stickers, and so forth, they don't prevent access to parts of this site from people who haven't (yet) sent them money. I would also be interested in seeing things like CD-ROM's with snapshots of the Navicache data in different formats, perhaps including legally-free (e.g. USGS topographical and aerial photo maps, road maps generated from US Census Bureau TIGER/Line data, etc.) and such available for sale to support the site. I suppose this sort of thing may be close to what you may have in mind.
So, in summary, no, I wouldn't be in favor of separating Navicache users into "Premiums" and "Proles" with different access to features based on who's happy and able to continuously throw money at the site for admittance into the Special group. I WOULD be in favor of encouraging material contributions to the growth of this site (or sites, as the case could eventually be) in other ways, though.
 - I realize this is NOT actually what you are suggesting - it seems pretty obvious that you just want to support the development of additional features and growth of the site, not to exclude some people. I just think that's what would inevitably happen if Navicache.com took this particular approach to doing so.
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