Well said Mike. Facebook does not preserve the history like this site does. It's never been about money for me, I turned down good 6 figure offers for this board when the forum scene was at its height. All about the love of the Turbo Regal...
See this guy gets it.......
Guy, what part of still free with ads would hinder new blood. The ability to post,ask, inquirie,buy all still in place. If one wishes or has the means to give back they may at their discretion become a paying member. Everyone of us was new here once. And a life time type membership could be available at anytime/purchase.I guess I could wait 2 more years to purchase a lifetime membership, but that puts me at 60 years old...... Only been here since 2010 and I've made an ass of myself about twice a year since then, I did it in this very thread, but Shane and you guys have stuck by me.
I bought my GN in '86, it was stolen in '96. It took me another 14 years to save up and acquire the Turbo T I now own. I'm a "lifetime" fan of these special cars and this site came to be during my "hiatus".
I have no issue with a "pay for play" site. But the fact is, new members are being sought by Shane & Co, along with us members being "sort of" asked to be more supportive. I commend Shane for keeping the site free all this time. And he continues to do so...
I also understand the apprehension long time members might have about new members getting "privileges" for just joining, BUT, we can't let this site die and it needs new blood to keep it alive.
Guy, what part of still free with ads would hinder new blood. The ability to post,ask, inquirie,buy all still in place. If one wishes or has the means to give back they may at their discretion become a paying member. Everyone of us was new here once. And a life time type membership could be available at anytime/purchase.
I'm sure you or I would feel more comfortable buying an item from a newer member if he/she was a lifetime or partial vetted in some manner.
We all know how hard Shane has tried to keep this site free. And it will still be.
Just with some BS perks available with a paid membership and ease the financial burden on the bossman.
We also need a little tb.com swag store.
Again for the same reason and we get cool gear.
Heck no that's what the P is for. And you know that.Where did you ever get that I was saying anything different than what you just posted?
My point was that Pronto specifically put an arbitrary number on "length of membership" in his post and you, with no reservation, agreed to his "restriction".
I get his point and understand the request, but are you looking to make the site a "good old boy network", or the site it was intended to be, and already is?
I don't disagree with a single one of the points and reasoning you have presented here. I do however, disagree with a 10 year moratorium on the availability of "lifetime memberships" that you suggest.
I've only been on this site since 2010. That is largely because:
A. I no longer owned a TR when TB.com came to be. Not by choice, but by theft. The theft of my '86 GN, purchased new in January of that same year, and stolen in '96. It took mea long time to squirrel enough money away to get back into a TR. That doesn't mean I haven't been and currently remain a "lifetime member" of the TR community, it means I was a "currently inactive" member of the community. There are several examples of the same type of member here, I can assure you.
B. I'm a "digital alien" and had never participated on any type of "forum" before this one, ever, at all.
So I will say again, I feel those who are of the same mindset as me and show that they are, shouldn't be held to some arbitrary standard that "old timers" set.
I hope you can see my side of this coin, as I have tried to see yours, because I believe both sides have merit.
Think of it like belonging to a club. After 10 years of paying your yearly dues, you are rewarded by paying one last time and then the lifetime membership come in. The dues paid (since we are currently free) is the time spent at the site. Another option might be a senior membership for 5 year members at a reduced yearly fee.
I think ( oh my I said I think ) both of your points have a lot of merit. A lot of merit. And I for one cannot say one or the other of you-all’s points out weigh the other Both of you are no ? A credit to this forum and I have always enjoy you-all’s point of views . Now that this is fixed. I’ll go to bed.Think of it like belonging to a club. After 10 years of paying your yearly dues, you are rewarded by paying one last time and then the lifetime membership come in. The dues paid (since we are currently free) is the time spent at the site. Another option might be a senior membership for 5 year members at a reduced yearly fee.