The site currently has 5567 members of which 925 are active. I feel it would be safe to say that some people have drifted away as they've gone into different jobs, the private sector etc. What these 925 active members can't guarantee, is a regular income stream to Edugeek. If some of these active members object to paying a subscription, then the amount needed to cover costs and asked of the others increases. As the fee goes up, more people drop out. The fee goes up again, and as people drop out again you get murmurings of discontent along the lines of, "This isn't the organization I joined X years ago, I'm off!" not only is Edugeek losing members, but it's also being bad mouthed and gaining an unsavoury reputation as a rip off site.
Then we come to our members abroad who may well have differing costs of living, should we have a graduated scale of fees? Then employ an accountant/secretary to do the paperwork? (By the way, who does the paperwork now? Who pays the phone bills?)
It may be unpalatable to some of us on planet Edugeek, but at the moment it's the best and fairest means of supporting all that Edugeek stands for and wishes to accomplish in the future.
Now if you'll just let me get down from my soapbox, I'll be on my way.
Well we don't get 5k in advetsing (we wish) but db was using bett as example as we want edugeek to be self sustaining and not beg, borrow and steel . So it was just example of how much BETT alone costs.
Who 'cooks'... I mean does the books at moment that would be DB
I would pay a small nominal fee myself, I don't mind adverts too much, but not impressed by animated ones after the first post, as it distracts the eyes from the posts around it to the advert. I dont often buy things from banner ads.
I'm not really bothered by the ads as they are, so no, I wouldn't pay to be rid of them.
However, if the ads morph in to those bl**dy awful pop-up in the middle of the screen over the top of the page content and make stupid noises, or worse still start playing video, I'd be out of here quicker than you can say ad-blocker.
I would pay to be able to access EduGeek in school, though!
I can't say the ads annoy me generally; if there is a really garish one, then I just scroll past it so it is off the screen. I have an ad-blocker at home, but that was installed because of a) the hideously bright animated side-bar banner in Facebook and b) the talking/singing ads on popcap! As long as EduGeek doesn't start hosting those ones, I', happy.
That said, while I don't block the ads, I don't click on them either - if I wanted to know about a good brand of switches, I would post a question, ignore the banner ad which appeared and read people's responses; I would not go "ooh, dlink sponsor this forum, I must buy their stuff".
FYI (copied from another post):
If you do run Adblocker Plus etc you can right click on the icon in the bottom right corner of FF and click "disable on www.edugeek.net", this will mean any ad's (from any provider) that are displayed on edugeek are shown in your browser. This helps support edugeek and means you the members get better events etc for it. Its like donating but without the need to donate and you never know you might spot a deal