What a MESS

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Renovo PPR, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    Personally, I would not mind paying a user fee to use The Gauge. I know that is a tough one, as most people probably wouldn't bother because there are other free sites out there. I am a member of another forum, and once a year, the administrator asks for donations to pay for the site. I have easily given as much as $50 because it is such a fun site.

    I'm not suggesting you do away with the ads, but if they were at the top like the other ads, or on the right side, it would be much better. On the left side, they are simply an annoyance, as every time my eyes glance back to the beginning of the next text line, I have to subconsciously find where the line starts versus looking at the ad. I'm sure some will say this is no big deal, but at least a few others agree with me.

    In the past, on the old Gauge, I did look at the ads when there was something I needed. I may need some backdrops at some point. When I do, I will definitely check out the backdrop guys.
  2. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    Maybe there could be an option to have both a pay site and a free site?

    The free site could be as you see it with ads.
    The pay site would be have no ads and maybe a few other perks.
    (One forum I used to frequent had additional sub forums that were not viewable by non paying members plus unlimited photo storage.)

    At least that way everyone would have their choice of using the free site and dealing with the ads or becoming a supporting member and being ad free with a few bonuses.

    Personally, the ads don't bother me. I have enough free will to decide whether to look at them or not on my own. However, I would probably still become a supporting member if the fees weren't too outrageous. After all, membership has it privileges. ;)

    Just my random thoughts on the matter.
  3. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    That is a good thought. I would pay to have a stream-lined, simple forum, without all the graphics and ads which use up bandwidth. I need the bandwith to have the photos open faster. A "keep-it-simple" site would be great, so that I could discuss the hobby with my virtual buddies with no distractions. I wouldn't want any special perks.

    On the other hand, I don't mind the ads, but having them on the left of the page is annoying. I suppose I will get used to that also.

    And I haven't said it lately, but "Thank You" to the Management for all the hard work you guys do.
  4. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    I think folks should go check out www.rcgroups.com.

    It's a site with advertising and commercial sponsors, and people can buy premier memberships if they wish (not sure exactly what they get for their $$$), but to me, the advertising is unobtrusive (and in most cases disappears with AdBlock enabled in Firefox).
  5. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    I don’t mind the ads, in fact I hardly notice them at all. Only if you scroll down and there is only the blank white screen on the left side, it looks strange. Now after a few days, after I got used to the new look, I am quite happy with the new Gauge. If only the problems with the old attachments and the missing "edit" button in old posts could be solved. Everything else is fine. Great job, Peter.
  6. jambo101

    jambo101 Member

    Why is all the advertising on the left:?.. now on a lot of threads i have to scroll sideways as about an inch or more is now off screen:x
  7. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    hey pete,is it possible to move the ads to the top of the page or the bottom? thats my only REAL complaint about the new gauge.the other stuff i know is already being worked out.your doin a great job pete,its alot more functional than when i first stepped into the "new" gauge.--josh
  8. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    About paying to use The Gauge...firstly, I'd do it, once the bugs are worked out. I don't want to pay for something in progress or continually behind expectations (read any of the angry posts on the 1:64 modeling guide Yahoo group about that debaucle). That said, I think the progress to the new Guage is evident and I'm glad to stick with it through the changes.

    Next just some philosophical thoughts in general about where I think the hobby press is going in the future. I think the internet and specifically groups like this are hurting the hobby press. Sure, there will always be folks who want a print copy of a magazine. But I can see the day in the (distant?) future when the big guys like Kalmbach and Carstens go all digital and a subscription to a magazine will be subscribing to a forum such as this, where a monthly (weekly?) set of feature columns will be produced.

    The transition is already happening. MR has "subscriber only" content (you must be a paper magazine subscriber to access this) on their site as well as a forum. It's only a matter of time until the monthly magazine is available at a reduced rate in PDF format for download and both forms coexist. How'd you like your MR available on podcast? What about a video tutorial/demo each month? It is happening.

    Just my futurist ramblings.
  9. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    i dont think the papaer magazine will ever leave,but i can see it being supplememnted or its articles go into deeper descriptions and video examples.that itself would be pretty cool.--josh
  10. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    Video is the "step up" in a monthly magazine, so I think to collect a MR or any other mag for that matter on your computer is much better- you know that your subscription wouldn't get lost, you don't need to change your postal address when moving and IT SAVES SPACE!!

    I've got more than 1000 mags and I don't have any more space for anything else- most people complain about this. I do however agree that it will never fully replace the mag because there are still people out there that don't own PC's or the internet- so it will be out for quite a while.

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