read above post steve for a private membership area amoung a open forum.
OR are you suggesting, shut the doors now, and hold everyones account in limbo till we receive 20 bucks per year membership and then re activate there account. and all new comers will need to be a 20 buck a year member and then they can get in.
ok thats 1 way. but i feel currently that will stun our growth and whom ever knows nothing about CLSB will never dish out 20 bucks to see what its about.
food for thought, lets tweak it better though for this suggestion. but man if just 2000 people donated 20 bucks a year thats 40,000 a year the shit i could buy and do with us, and even pay myself and tony and the mods a little fundage to help the site and stuff for the members for partys would through the fucken roof awesome.
its almost my dream..roflmao!
but i dont know.
Heres the reality, since you put the donate button up, how many peeps actually donated, not asking for dollar amounts, just what percentage of the users actually are willing to pay for the site. That may be an indicator of how much you would have to charge.
if 2 members paid on 100 total members = 2% (whatever that real % is based on your actual donations is - I dont know)
Assumption made is that that % willing to pay would remain close to that as the site grew so:
so on 6000, 120 are willing to pay.
3000(theoretical costs per year)/120=$25 a year for memberships.(with whatever other perks members get) and rest of free site for the other 5875 members without perks.
Like I said, I dont know what the REAL percentage is, only you can figure that with your current participation in the DONATE program, not by dollars donated, but by % of the population on the site willing to do it. Sure 500 people may have said, yeah I will donate, but the ones who ACTUALLY did should give you a pretty good indication of who is serious.
I schedule 20-30 million parts a day in a manufacturing environment, and I have to load analysis based on pie in the sky sales numbers all the time, thats how I would approach it and I am good at what I do.(granted it has nothing to do with marketing and website internet presence)