phpbb wrote: ↑Thu Apr 01, 2021 3:38 pm
I guess this is a good place to let everyone know that you should be posting these in the garage sale and pay the fee to do so.
Thanks for understanding.
Let me start with a joke and then do the opposite of its lesson.
Two guys, Chris and Micha, set themselves up to beg outside of a Mexican church. Micha set up closest to the street with a sign, "Please help!," adorned by a large star of David. Chris set up closest to the church's entrance with a similar sign except it was adorned by a large cross.
For the first hour, almost without exception, the churchgoers walked right past Micha, giving him dirty looks, and then stopped by Chris to throw a few pesos in his box. Some even remarked how they were upping their contributions in light of the other inappropriate begger.
This repeated itself almost the entire morning.
Around 1 PM, upon returning from lunch, the Monsignor of the church stopped in front of Micha, looked him in the eyes, and said, "What is wrong with you? You have no chance of getting donations here with that sign."
Upon which, Chris and Micha replied in unison, "Your pardon, Mr. Monsignor, but don't tell us how to run our business!"
OK, now I'm going be the Monsignor. You have your system set up now to require one $5 payment for a months use of the Garage Sale subforum. There's nothing intrinsically wrong with that. Have you also considered, however, in the alternative, selling annual forum subscriptions instead?
That's how most other forums do it.
The pluses are that you entice contributors' buy-in for the entire year, increasing their sense of connection to and stake in the forum, and you can also, if you wish, tier the system, e.g., $10 = brass level w/2 Garage Sale ads/year, $25 = silver with 5, and $50 = gold with 10.
If this interests you enough to consider further, as an example, go over the The Gear Page and look at how Scott Peterson set up his tiers.
And thanks again for setting up and running this place. It's evolved into a truly kind neighborhood.