I don't agree here. Creating a restricted part of the
site for paying users is exactly he oppposite (IMHO ;--)
of building a community.
The site should remain as is, accessible by all. If you
try to get people to pay before they feel that they
are part of a community they just won't, and PM will be
all the worse for that.
I see 2 main categories of users here: those who are mainly
looking for solutions to their problems and those who are
mostly giving anwers (and learning in the process, that's why
they do it). Sad as it is I am not sure the first category
will ever be willing to pay. You cannot sign a support
contract with PerlMonks for example.
Considering all the failed "expert-sites" around it does
not look to be a viable model for PM. So the only ones
who might actually be willing to pay for PM are the ones
who spend a lot of time here, answering questions and
helping people. Which might sound unfair, but who said
life was fair anyway? Why would they pay? First because
they like the site, after all if I am typing this on a Sunday
morning instead of just watching soccer on TV I must be enjoying
it somehow. Then for those of us who are either consultant
or looking for a job this is a great place to gain visibility
so it makes perfect sense to spend some money to keep it
Last thing, how would we pay: what about using the current
banner add system? Have us or our companies sponsor the
site. No need to look for clickthrough rate or whatever,
just knowing that merlyn hates you because you replaced
the anime-fu chick would be enough (and before I get the
ob-denial, yes, I know that merlyn blocks the
add banner ;--)
Hey, I'd be more than happy to sponsor the Module Reviews
section!: These reviews brought to you by XML::Twig (ps: XML::DOM sucks!)
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