Having administered and moderated dozens of forums over the last 10 years myself, I can fully understand why things are the way they are here.
I'll detail them as best as I can...
- Because the owners/operators decided it was for the best.
- Because the owners/operators are the ones who make the decisions.
- Because running this site, contrary to what many may believe, is not free.
- Because not every site will operate how you think it should.
- If you don't like it, there are other forums out there ... maybe gsxr.com.
The level of spam/crap/useless members I see on just about any other forum with a free classifieds section is ridiculous. Couple that with the fact that a membership here is *really* not that expensive - I see no reason to be upset about it.
Most people spend more on coffee in a month than a **lifetime** membership here costs. That's 30 days of coffee to an *unlimited* membership here.
I haven't misunderstood anything. And you don't know me so don't act like you do by saying "you're the kind of guy"...it's moderators responses like that which turn people off...a total power trip.
"You're the kind of guy" who expects everybody to bow down to you, to wipe your ass for you, and to call you master at the same time.
You will find, that this is not that type of site. While end-user input is always appreciated, it will not be treated as the gospel. We will not step lightly around you because you're sensitive, and we will tell you if you're being a fucking retard.
I may use this site, but would never pay a dime for it's use
The site is free to use, so you're welcome to continue using the site without paying a dime. If you wish to use the classifieds, you will need a membership - but so long as you can live without the classifieds you can live without a paid membership.
I have to say, I've used the classifieds 0 times and have a membership not for the classifieds, but to help support the site.
and I really hope that we don't intersect again. I, too, love to talk about various things that are bike and riding related and it is not just about the classifieds but whether you like it or people pay attention to them. Pound your chest all you want but I am not that impressed.
So people pay attention to the classifieds... that's great... Do you want a cookie for pointing out this amazing revelation that you've discovered? Oh wait, we already know - and do not care.
Of the several forums that i am a member of this is the only one requiring a paid membership to use classifieds.
So go to those other forums and use their classifieds
And many of the other forums are higher traffic than this one.
Let's avoid the e-penis contest. We don't care if you frequent 100,000 other forums that are all 10x bigger and have a free classifieds section - by all means - go use them.
I do see the point made by the Admin etc, it is a shame that it comes to this though.
I can think of at least 1,000 issues that are web/forum related that are way worse due the actions of those who use said systems...
Having to pay a pittance to the forum to access the classifieds is hardly something to be upset about. If you can't afford it, nobody is forcing you.