[theforum] Donation Wall - last chance to comment

Isaac Forman isaac at bigtrip.org
Wed Aug 20 19:39:21 CDT 2003

> The free model will not ever work.
> It didn't work for webmonkey or Dan and it won't work.
> And the little smattering of advertising will not produce 
> over the long haul.
> A paid membership will work...but a smattering of entry 
> generosity ...but to access any of the bandwidth consuming 
> servers should be met with the user login. A paid membership 
> will result in the smallest group of hard-core supporters and 
> will probably consist of the names you see on the forum and 
> thelist...and not all of them. Lurkers will not join. The 
> internet is based on freedom...but not freedom to consume 
> resources that are not yours. Put all that info, archives, 
> services there but provide the marketplace a place to 
> function and the rewards are a true free internet...supported 
> by the free enterprise system. Free trade works the world over.
> Russell Griechen /stepping off the soapbox.

Can I ask you to step back on and rewrite your above paragraph in as
clear terms as you can muster?

I take it that you have a perspective on our plight and I'd really like
to get a handle on what you're suggesting is our best path forward.

I'm not expecting paid-evolters membership to be anything but the
(mostly) core group, but it's a vanity deal. I like to associate myself
with evolt.org. I would wear the shirt, use the vanity-email, and
contribute to an evolter gallery, etc.

Everywhere there is free email and free webspace, but what professional
would want to host their portfolio at freesitesonline.info or similar?


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