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  • MagararMagarar Member CommonPosts: 8
    @MikeB it can be good
  • danwest58danwest58 Member RarePosts: 1,991
    I think websites are going to go towards a Monthly subscription option in the next 5 to 10 years.   People might not like this but Ad driven websites are dying.   This is going to happen because people are getting tired of censorship around the internet.   What you have going on is Twitter, Facebook, Google and so on are censoring material that they don't like.  People like myself are saying screw these big tech companies and leaving.   Dont believe me?  Here is a Wall Street Journal article from Tuesday proving this is happening.   https://www.westernjournal.com/confirmed-facebooks-recent-algorithm-change-is-crushing-conservative-voices-boosting-liberals/    


    We also have YouTube personalities who are getting censored for their material on everything from Political talk to gaming.  Right now you have Blizzard trying to shut down Alexensual on YouTube because he is fighting for Classic WOW to not have the changes.   Well that is not what the WOW fanboys want and now you have Blizzard trying to censor a person who is fighting for.   

    This is being done because the Ad driven internet.  You have these companies that have ads on sites like youtube and if this companies dislike what you are saying they work with youtube to shut you off.  You guys can hate someone like Alexensual but its wrong to censor people.   How will you people like it if these publishers go to MMORPG.com and see the negative feed back on X game and they force MMORPG.com to censor you or lose money?   Don't think this is wrong?   If 75% of the reviews on the game are bad and that publisher tells MMORPG.com to ban you and delete the negative feedback or that lose money.   How would you feel.  The negative feedback could be done in a very constructive way but because it was negative you get ban.   

    Now you also have situations like ESPN who got way to political and tried to control people with propaganda.   This caused ESPN to lose money to the point where they had to lay off people.  This is because people like me said F ESPN I am going somewhere else for my sports info because if I wanted Political talk I would go to a political channel not ESPN.   So they let go of people like Pierre Lebrun who joined a company called the Athletic.   This website is a Subscription only website because they dont want to drive away people like me because some Ad revenue says Hey you need to push this political bias or we pull our money from you.   So to keep that trash out of this new company as much as possible they have a subscription.   




    I am sorry but honestly this is the way the internet is going.  This is because we have too many big tech companies trying to drive a political agenda through the internet.   You can see this agenda even in some of the games today.   


    So yes while I would HATE to pay a subscription.   If it will keep MMORPG from banning people except when harassment or US laws are broken.  Then I am good with this.  I do not want to be ban for stating my open opinion about a game as long as I do not harass or discriminate against people.  You might think I am nuts that the internet is going this way, but the truth is out there for all to see.  



  • MendelMendel Member EpicPosts: 3,060
    adblock is free though....

    maybe a paid option for diehards here and give them some form of noteriety when posting or something...im sure this site still gets dumped a bunch of keys and give aways...just give em to the paid members or something...

    or maybe...you know...clean the site up a bit...and people might wander here for info.

    ive been harping for years to clean your game list up, so i can easily find new mmorpgs, rather than the giant dumpster of ancient and dead mmorpgs, non mmorpgs, and buried in there actual new mmorpgs with little hype...which is why i use to use this site waaay back in the day....and maybe then more people would frequent here.

    that whole ban everyone phase back in 2008-2010 was pretty much the nails in the coffin over here though...that was a bad idea that drove a lot of people away who used the game subforums often.

    As it stands i find steam a better place to discuss most games...though id kill for a website that kept track of active and new mmorpgs that would otherwise fly in under the radar...not saying ditch the dead games and non mmorpgs...just maybe make another tab for them.

    But honestly it take like 1hr to click through your game list and see all the dead games or games with no forum option...or games that have no website anymore ect...

    neglect is hurting this sites functionality, and those past ban waves drove away a lot of the community that made hanging out here worth it...
    In addition to Adblock and the like, you can always just ctrl-+ to push most of the advertising off the sides of the page.   Doesn't really help the top and bottom ads, but I can live with those.   Plus, I need the size to help reduce eye strain.

    Logic, my dear, merely enables one to be wrong with great authority.

  • MadFrenchieMadFrenchie Member LegendaryPosts: 8,483
    @danwest58 your article is from the Western Journal, not Wall Street.  Western Journal is a heavily right-leaning publication, which no doubt contributes to their article's conclusions.

    Usually, when your side of the ideological spectrum supports philosophy contrary to the values the country is centered around (or, in some cases, the logical morality the world generally accepts), it can seem like the world is out to get you.  POTUS Chester Cheetah is the poster boy for what I'm talking about there.

    With that out of the way, I have faith that Bill and the gang would not censor their users as the result of a monetary threat from a dev or publisher.  I don't buy that proverbial conspiracy. 

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  • danwest58danwest58 Member RarePosts: 1,991
    @danwest58 your article is from the Western Journal, not Wall Street.  Western Journal is a heavily right-leaning publication, which no doubt contributes to their article's conclusions.

    Usually, when your side of the ideological spectrum supports philosophy contrary to the values the country is centered around (or, in some cases, the logical morality the world generally accepts), it can seem like the world is out to get you.  POTUS Chester Cheetah is the poster boy for what I'm talking about there.

    With that out of the way, I have faith that Bill and the gang would not censor their users as the result of a monetary threat from a dev or publisher.  I don't buy that proverbial conspiracy. 
    You can say you will not buy it.  However Its happening on Youtube, Facebook and Twitter.   3 of the largest tech companies trying to sensor people.   Hell Facebook is selling users information.   So yea.   I think we are going in the direction of subscription websites.  
  • OracleOfTheUnknownOracleOfTheUnknown Member CommonPosts: 15
    @MikeB ; money sub could be good .
  • Jean-Luc_PicardJean-Luc_Picard Member LegendaryPosts: 7,997
    If you plan to make that kind of offer, which I would gladly subscribe to if not too expensive of course, you'll have to revisit your moderation system.
    People should not get a ban without an explanation message in their account linked email. And yes, I've checked my spam folder too. I've also sent two emails to the community address with no answers yet.
    If you allow your moderators to ban paying customers, because that's what we would be with such a system, without having to give any valid reasons for that, you won't have paying customers for a long time.

    Please take this as a positive critic of your moderation systems: bans will happen on a community site where all kind of posters can express themself, but if your moderators can just ban paying people they don't like without having to explain it, you are akin to driving at 300 mph into a wall... you won't go very far.
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  • JunebugircJunebugirc Member CommonPosts: 6
    So whatever happened to this thought? I'm new around here and didn't see any option for a paid option while signing up.. but im all for supporting communities that I'm part of, especially when it's a really dope place.  <3
  • DwaaawffulDwaaawfful Member UncommonPosts: 56
    Problem always with ads depends on how IYF and irrelevant they are.

    Yours look OK in that respect.

    They're generally unobtrusive, and some are worth clicking on.

    This means I'm largely happy as I stop by and offer my wise gaming counsel or soak up the goodies from other contributors.

    Maybe I'll take up a few offers ... in which case maybe you'll get some commission — and I'd like to believe that if I followed through just 2 times in a year you'd get more from me than $2.99.

    But like others have said, the easiest solution to ads — wherever and however they pop up — is to deploy a +2 Adblocker of Decrapolery.

    They tend to be free — and have the advantage of running no ads themselves.

    Best thing is to float the idea and see what happens, but as far as I can see it doesn't add a vast amount of value to your operation & may lose you the cash you need to keep this baby afloat.
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