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POLL: Ad-Free Monthly Subscription Option?



  • madazzmadazz A town, ONMember Posts: 1,842 Uncommon
    I would only consider it if the site starts labeling mmos properly. I know sometimes there will be mistakes. But the error rate is through the roof. Half the writers don't know what an mmo is! If the site even tries to go back to its roots of knowing what an mmo is, I'd be interested in subbing. I do enjoy the non mmo coverage though.
  • Charlie.CheswickCharlie.Cheswick Manhattan, NYMember Posts: 469 Uncommon
    Totally PTW.
  • BuccaneerBuccaneer Under The BedMember Posts: 633 Uncommon
    I wouldn't be interested in subbing but I'm not bothered if you offered that option for others.

    Unfortunately it's rare now for me to read the articles on the main site; I'm just not that interested in the games the articles are promoting.  I don't blame the site; it's (IMO) the sad state the western MMO scene is experiencing at the moment.

    When I'm here, I just spend my time lurking in the forums, which unfortunately is getting less and less as time progresses due to the same tired topics of conversation being repeated ad nauseam. 

  • MrMelGibsonMrMelGibson USAMember Posts: 1,730 Rare
    I personally don't mind the ads on this site.  They are not intrusive like other sites.  I'm also a frequent user of these forums so I'm happy knowing that somehow I'm helping pay the staff from just doing what I enjoy.  That being said, I probably wouldn't get the ad-free sub.  But I would be more than fine to have that option for people who would want it.  Seems like a win win for everyone.
  • ScotScot UKMember Posts: 6,365 Rare
    Stop scratching that irradiated head of yours Mike and put it in, perfectly decent way for the site to make money. :D

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  • badermalbadermal Member Posts: 15 Uncommon
    @Aori thats right 
  • TatsuyaHirokiTatsuyaHiroki BudapestMember Posts: 106 Uncommon
    nope, sorry but I have better things to spend my money on


  • LytecLytec Northampton, CAMember Posts: 8 Uncommon
    I don't mind the ads and I think the ads are a good way to promote games


  • VolgoreVolgore Member Posts: 3,872 Epic
    At this very moment this site says Members:3,399,920 Users Online:1,101.

    How can this poll only have 114 votes??

  • ScorchienScorchien Hatboro, PAMember Posts: 3,351 Epic
    edited October 2016
    Why would anyone pay for something to be blocked that you can filter/block for
  • rojoArcueidrojoArcueid GinnungagapMember Posts: 8,476 Rare
    edited October 2016
    I voted Yes.
    Will I subscribe? no.
    Then why did i vote Yes? Because i read what the OP is saying. It is saying it would be an ad-free OPTION.

    That means the rest of us will have the full website for free with ad support like it's always been. People voting no then saying they will leave the site, clearly did not read the content of the OP post. It is not a mandatory sub. If you wish to have an ad free experience, and still support your favorite forums you can always subscribe. My Adblock addons always have on whitelist unless something really intrusive pops up covering articles.

    EDIT: now, it would be an issue if the free/normal option gets restricted features for being free.

  • Lord.BachusLord.Bachus Den HelderMember Posts: 9,440 Rare
    I voted yes.... because i know people will pay..

    But i myself do not mind the current adds, so i will not pay... But if adding an add free sub means spamming the non subbed visitors with huge amounts of adds, then i might be forced to leave the website..  But if you leave the website/add design as it is, a non add sub will be fine...

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  • MegidolaonMegidolaon New York, NYMember Posts: 10 Uncommon
    Running a big website costs money, ads are a way to keep it free to use while generating money. Pretty much everyone on the internet does it anyway, offering an ad free version for a fee is a good way to generate the required money to run the site while remaining purely optional.
  • TatsuyaHirokiTatsuyaHiroki BudapestMember Posts: 106 Uncommon
    Volgore said:
    At this very moment this site says Members:3,399,920 Users Online:1,101.

    How can this poll only have 114 votes??

    I suppose many people cannot be bothered to cast their votes about it or think that their opinion wont matter much in a grand scale (my theory that is)


  • GtestbmGtestbm Member Posts: 4 Uncommon
    Volgore my thoughts exactly.
  • cameltosiscameltosis ipswichMember Posts: 1,260 Rare
    Its not something I would go for personally. I only really access this site whilst at work and we have ad-blockers installed by default. 

    Additionally, I mainly use the forums where the ads are pretty hidden away. 

    I'm fine if you want to add the option, I'm sure some people would go for it. However, the only way to get me to subscribe would be to write more articles that I'm interested in and to generally improve the site. has a ton of features that just aren't working well. Some of it is presentation - features, news, reviews etc are badly promoted and a bit hidden away. Some of it is actual functionality / content. The games list really could be a great feature of the site and help to drive people to reviews / news / forum posts but instead it's a mess - tons of non-mmos in there, no decent way to search, wrong genres, far too many filler games etc. 

    Still, costs money / time to get the website up to scratch, both of which are difficult to come by for a smallish community site. I think with the visitors they get and the resources they have, the staff do a great job which is why I'm still here. 

    The subscription option I guess is a bit chicken-and-egg. I'd get it if the site was worth it, but the site will only become worth it if I subscribe for a while first. 
  • Sassy_Gay_UnicornSassy_Gay_Unicorn Mobile, ALMember Posts: 316 Uncommon
    All for it. In addition to supporting the site a few possibilities:

    • Subscribers get a 24-hour advance chance for beta keys and other goodies.
    • Custom title and/or color, framed avatar. 
    • Subscriber forums that have a higher rate of staff reply. 
    Not that any of these actually interest me, I'd be happy to support just because I use the site. But I've seen similar QoL benefits on other forums. 

    It'd probably be a pain in the ass to have to reassign the sub benefits every month from those that subscribe/drop so maybe offer these for those who pay a year in advance ($25 would be a great price point).

  • AbimorAbimor McAllen, TexasMember Posts: 392 Uncommon
    ha ha my vote put us over the top close the pole and add the service!
  • RenvenarRenvenar GermanyMember Posts: 11 Uncommon
    Some of the suggestions are pretty nice.
    Personally, I'm not spending much money outside of games, so it wouldn't be an option for me - but I find it to be a great idea for anyone who's interested and a nice way to help support the site; so go for it!

  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAMember Posts: 21,954 Epic
    Sure! I believe in paying for my entertainment and already pu t a few dollars into some Patreon things. 

    Just in case you are interested in this sort of thing ...

  • DreadToothDreadTooth Member Posts: 150 Uncommon

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  • WizardryWizardry Ontario, CanadaMember Posts: 12,350 Epic
    Total BS and Mike knows why.

    I will however spell it out.This site most certainly want to add ANY means to add more money,integrity or honesty or care about the users has nothing to do with it.
    Every single last question to the user base has been ignored by this site,so why should anyone take the question seriously this time around?I know the reason why,we want to hear a high majority endorse the idea so this site comes off clean for trying to gouge more money from users,even after already dubious standards that NO OTHER site does and that is multiple click through' to get to any article content.
    The standards would be called "exploitation"s this site now wants money to exploit users?Sounds pretty low to me.

    Also how are users,i mean the ones who are very naive,not very intelligent ,going to know if they are getting AD FREE use of the site?This again i will spell it out,this site's agenda and content is already 90% some form of advertising/endorsements.So that would mean your ripping users off with a $3 dollar charge to look at advertising endorsements disguised as non ad content.

    I have said this MANY times,the USERS<<<<are the ones keeping this site both legit and fun to come to.I am pretty sure i am not alone in saying users actually like to read what other users have to say or just enjoy others opinions but reading disguised advertising is NOT FUN.

    Point being,this site should figure some way to reward users for keeping this site legit,reward users for bringing the REAL content without any agenda to cater to sponsors/advertisers.

    Yes i can be harsh and that is because i speak honestly and from the heart,i don't dicker around with BS or any agenda,i know from 50+ years of experience what goes on in this world and what people are up to.

    Never forget 3 mile Island and never trust a government official or company spokesman.

  • CakeInItCakeInIt Member Posts: 1 Uncommon
    You know using adblock doesnt help MMORPG, its probably why they are seeing if people would do this.
  • AoriAori Carbondale, ILMember Posts: 3,710 Epic
    CakeInIt said:
    You know using adblock doesnt help MMORPG, its probably why they are seeing if people would do this.
    Not sure why you tagged me to say that, I have nothing against it.
  • LemureLemure Member Posts: 24 Uncommon
    I'd say no. 
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