Okay, so what your saying is that now this company is making a few bucks off some ads and a google search button or two randomly on the site you want to get paid. And has the new owner stated that the sponsors have to pay a 1000$+ fee to be part of the contest or future sponsorship or participation in these contests?Most contests lately have been done thru me. I have brought on quite a few vendors and LFS's to help with the forums. Other forums charge upwards of $1800 per year for a sponsorship while we only charge $20 or a donation towards prizing. Most business's see this type of advertising as amazing since it's affordable and they can pinpoint their customers.
When the forums was owned and operated by the old owner we were allowed to run things the way we wanted...pretty much...since the owner had other interests. So the mods did it for free since the website was free anyways right?
Now that the website is owned by a company who is driven by making money off the website wouldn't it make sense to pay the mods? Since we are on here more than the owners or their employees and they are the ones making money off us right? I have asked if we would be compensated but haven't had a reply yet.
This would be like going to work and not getting paid...why do it?
I also feel that since I was the one that made these relationships with the vendors and business's it's only fair to ensure that aren't being used by a third party company that is only interested in making money. These are small business's that we all support locally and go in frequently to buy our products so we should keep supporting them without having these companies be hassled by the idea that they might have to pay more out of their pockets in the future.
I hope that the new owners don't sway towards charging the vendors like every other forum out there. This would only hurt the hobby more since that money has to come from somewhere right? The LFS pays $1000 for a sponsorship and they just hike up the prices or just go out of business.
A contest would just be counterproductive in this situation...
What the forum members were asking for was a place where they wouldn't have advertising and we came up with a solution to charge $20 per year so members would have that benefit. Now those members have been shafted...The same members we promised that there would be no advertising.
You can see I don't have too much trust in the old owner or the new one so this is why I shutdown the contest. Faith...
Ya except you and I both know VS will NOT be doing that. They're a big company. This is but one measly grain of rice in their 30Kg rice sack. They aren't going to go meet with shopkeepers etc and establish relationships. That has to remain the responsibility of very helpful, well respected members, like you. I urge and encourage you to keep going with contests, and what ever else you were in charge of before. Please do not contribute to the degradation of GTAA. If you were happy to host contests with Holocron in charge, you ought to be happy to do it with VS in charge. JM2C.All of the mods here know shop owners very well and the relationship is awesome. I encourage VS to do the same as the new owner