Hi, just wanted to say that the site seems to be running slowly again. In fairness, this seems to be during peak hours, say 7 to 10pm, but it seems as if the site is struggling to cope with the load.
This got me thinking about numbers...
The page 'About the SSVC' says that the club has about 1,300 members at present, whereas the SSVC Forum has 7,300 registered members and probably as many lurkers who aren't registered, maybe 15,000 total.
So... would it benefit the club to offer a Premium membership for SSVC forum members, in similar fashion to TheSamba? You could give this to existing club members as a bonus, and offer it as part of the benefits of joining the club, so new and existing club members would not need to pay extra or do anything at all, in fact, but would gain a gold star or similar bling item next to their user name on the forum
Whereas for the 6,000+ forum members who aren't club members, it would offer a chance to support the forum, while remaining totally optional. I speak from experience here, as I happily pay 45 US dollars a year for Premium membership of theSamba. I appreciate that theSamba is different, as it is a website only and not a club as such, but I hope you can see my point. Personally, I would be happy to pay the same every year to support the SSVC Forum, which I think of as "home" on the Internet.
Anyway, say the club offered Premium membership for 20 quid a year, nice and simple. If only 1% of non-club members took it up, that would be 60 x 20 = 1200 quid a year. With 1200 a year, we could upgrade or change our internet service provider, or even buy our own server! You can get a decent-spec server for as little as a grand these days. I realise there would be a little extra admin involved, but extra income would help the site... We could also send Everett a crate of beer for copying his idea
There we go, just a little idea I had. My wildly generous offer of 20 quid a year stands firm! Over to you, site admins