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maloutim 12-24-2009 09:33 PM

Re: Paid membership?
To IBsteph
If you do that, you'll lose all the spirit of TE. One photo a day is already too many, to have real discussion on it!
I don't think you'll get one single member to agree with that terrible idea!
And you'll lose a lot of valuable members and photos!
Think carefully and drop that idea!
Marie Louise.

axiotea 12-25-2009 06:24 AM

Re: Paid membership?
Hi everyone
I don't agree with that payment system and if it happens, I think I'll be also off TE :((

rigoletto 12-25-2009 08:32 AM

Re: Paid membership?
i wonder how many members would continue to stay on this site after a paid system. we had already enough TE catastrophes which abolished many veterans, this "ingenious" idea would put an end to the remaining.

or, why don't they just unplug the site and practice euthanasia? it would be much less painful.

sorry, but, i don't understand the idea behind this "self immolation" approach of the owners.

macondo 12-25-2009 12:01 PM

Re: Paid membership?
I agree 100% with the comments above; the one-photo per day restriction is one of the essential characteristics of TE - drop that feature or make it optional and you will end up with a mass photo repository like the ugly Flickr.

As it is now, each photo and its note reflects the meditations and careful considerations of the photographer and may tell a story, not only of the picture's subject, but of the photographer's reason for showing it. That is the very beauty of TE. I can't see how this unique aspect of TE could be continued by members who pay to upload several pictures per day (perhaps the number will vary according to the fee charged). It would surely lessen the 'social' aspect of TE.

Payment implies a service, which in turn suggests online storage/display. Many TE members already maintain large collections of photos at other sites devoted to that purpose, or have their own websites and blogs. I'm sure they do not regard TE in this way.

The proposal also would introduce two classes of membership, as Francisco correctly stated in the beginning of this thread. Perhaps the proposal stems from the concern of the owners about the lower number of uploads since the site changes drove many members away. I think they will drive more away with this one despite what appears to be their belief that we are all clamouring for it. It shows how little understanding they have of their own site and its members.

Docarmo 12-25-2009 05:33 PM

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I think we contribute already enough with our pictures, our notes and our critiques. I agree that it will be the suicide of TE, if members should pay.
It would be bad not only for members... for the administration too - the trouble you will have will not be compensated by the money you will receive. Imagine the amount of rights the members will claim, because they pay.

This is the best <a href='/themes.php?thid=11578' target=_blank>"xuaxade"</a> ever posted here... :-/
Thanks for mentioning it, I was not aware of this "bad idea".


Je pense que nous contribuons déjà assez avec nos photos, nos notes et nos critiques. Je suis d'accord que ce sera le suicide de TE, si les membres doivent payer.
Il serait mauvais, non seulement pour les membres ... pour l'administration aussi - le trouble que vous aurez ne sera pas compensé par l'argent que vous recevrez. Imaginez le nombre de droits que les membres réclameront parce qu'ils paient.

C'est la meilleure <a href='/themes.php?thid=11578' target=_blank>"xuaxade"</a> jamais postée ici ... :-/
Merci de la mentionner, je n'étais pas au courant de cette "méchante idée".


Acho que já contribuimos bastante com as nossas fotos, nossas notas e nossas críticas. Concordo que será o suicídio do TE, se os membros tiverem que pagar.
Seria ruim não apenas para os membros... para a administração também - os problemas que terão não serão compensados pelo dinheiro que receberão. Imaginem a quantidade de direitos que os membros vão reclamar, porque pagam.

Esta foi a melhor <a href='/themes.php?thid=11578' target=_blank>"xuaxada"</a> já publicada aqui ... : - /
Obrigada por ter mencionado isso, eu não estava sabendo dessa "idéia ruim".


Didi 12-25-2009 05:37 PM

Re: Paid membership?
I post only one picture every week and for the rest of my time I write my critics.
Not enough time for posting more pictures, I have my job, my private life.
I am not interesting to loose money for paying a first class membership.
I prefer to use the beta version for consulting and writing my critics.

If the beta version disappears, in this case I'll use firefox with the advertising autoblock

Pentti 12-25-2009 09:39 PM

Re: Paid membership?
Next will be that when you pay more you get more publicity to your images (in the home page etc.) or you can send bigger files, 500kb or so...

Using Firefox with Addblock (ABP) works fine (haven't seen a single add in these pages ever).

More than one image per day will destroy TE.

BennyV 12-27-2009 04:44 PM

Re: Paid membership?
paying for less ads = just a bad idea

more than 1 post per day = the end of TE

...if you ask me.


xuaxo 12-27-2009 09:10 PM

Re: Paid membership?
I'm learning that:
"Using Firefox with Addblock (ABP) works fine (haven't seen a single add in these pages ever)."

So, no need to pay membership in order to block adds :-/

I agree what other members say about one post per day. Indeed, it could be even less, so that members choose more carefully the pictures before uploading. That feature is very very important to keep TE as it is, different from other sites. If we wish to upload lots of pictures per day, there are many other sites, paid or not.

I hope that Internet Brands may keep our ideas and advices in mind, avoiding the end of TE.

Prisley 12-28-2009 03:25 PM

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Why change something that works so fine?!
I 100% agree with my TE fellows. The beauty of this site relies on the cautious self-selection of pics to be posted, which is tightly linked to the 1 pic per day limitation. It prevents the community from being spoiled with photos that don't correspond to TE TOS.

TE spirit is to share through comments & critiques on photographs.
The "privilege" to post more than 1 pic a day simply changes the mission of TE into being a catalogue of pics...I am pretty sure it will result in a "no note, no comment, no experience sharing website"....just not a community anymore...

Anyway, happy ending 2009 and best wishes for 2010 to all TE members ;)

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