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Is there still a need for the forum?
The subscription for the forum is up for renewal in a few weeks. It's incredibly expensive: more than the bill for renting the server for the main site. It's never been profitable and revenue from the main site has subsidised it.
However, looking at the September usage and comparing it to last September, page views have halved and only 80 users have logged in, which works out at a cost of about $40 per user per year.
Discussions seem to have migrated elsewhere, mainly to Facebook, although not necessarily in the Brickset group.
There are therefore several options:
- Show adverts to everyone
- Charge a subscription
- Take the hit again and subsidise it to keep it running
- Don't renew and kill it off
I suspect the first two would have much the same effect at the latter. The first is obviously the easiest to implement, and the effect on income could be seen straight away, although I suspect many of you would just use ad blockers.
What are your thoughts? Is there still a need for this forum?
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