Ok, so what could be an answer? Raising revenue to be able to maintain a forum is important is what I hear. How else to continue making it available?
Some forum/website also must help make money for the owners - as part of their income - I'm not saying anything wrong with that, it's totally up to the site/forum owners, they provide for us, we provide for them.
But on a forum where that is not a factor... I imagine a web community driven for its own existence, the money making could stop each time the hosting and maintenance costs are met... monthly? yearly? Or should just always keep raising money for 'the future? (your idea?)
And there are few ways to get to any needed amount - donations, ads, selling things on website. (your idea?)
I've thought of one idea for a different member experience: regular participants in a community can have no ads.
This means casual visitors, or just down-loaders can still enjoy themselves, but they 'contribute' by having ads.
And of course, a member who actively participates with posts, replies and artist feedback, or a most valuable person - skinners/artists who provides content for the community to consume, could have no ads!
What do you think? Any other ideas?
As you might imagine I am very curious about new dynamic ways to interact with a web community because of the new Skinning Community Forum which I am helping administrate at the moment. They are trying to think of ways to give something different to the skinning community.
I want to pose your questions and ideas to them.