Readerville forum demise?
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A member tipped me off that Readerville (http://www.readerville.com) was going to close its forums. I haven't been a member of the site, but I've heard a lot about it and checked in today.
My thoughts run as follows:
*The idea that a site with monthly dues has any problem paying for hosting is utterly beyond me. What are their hosting charges—$10/mo? LibraryThing pays about $1,000 mo., but it looks like (from Alexa) we probably have two orders of magnitude more traffic. What gives?
*We would gladly "save" Readerville. If Readerville needs $10 or $100 a month to survive, LibraryThing will gladly step in and pay that in exchange to the occasional link. Similarly, we'd be happy to host forums.readerville.com on our (seven?) servers for free.
I'm very torn between wanting to help them out and just poaching members (eg., all RV members get a free LT membership). The members of RV seem great. But I'm just stunned by the idea that they keep the forums up. They were in Forbes. They have members paying by the month. Over and over people talk about it as their life. How can you drop that ball?
There seem to be two issues:
1. cost - time/$ needed to setup a gatekeeper to discourage freeloaders (but not legitimate cases of need) ~ if these members started paying would it cover all the costs?
2. time - since Karen is maxed out and needs to step away, who will pick up the work involved?
Tim, just in case you didn't see Karen's post at RV, she wants you to email her your phone number.
I hope you two can work something out and keep the forums open.
She also asked for us to calm down for a couple of days while she talked to Tim and one other party.
The members of RV seem great. But I'm just stunned by the idea that they keep the forums up. They were in Forbes. They have members paying by the month. Over and over people talk about it as their life. How can you drop that ball?
As someone who's participated in the 'ville since pretty close to it's inception, I'd argue that there's probably something of a disparity between what people articulate and what they back up with their actions.
How does the idea that the members keep the forums up stun you? (Bear in mind that part of the problem is that they don't).
I think further off-thread chatter has confirmed that R'ville's getting a bum deal on platform.
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