one of the reasons Matt left was becuase there was no way he could live off of what he was making from NS (~$0). He was offered enough to live off from freeskier, so he turned over control to the current admins. These admins have done a good job getting sponsers, but they still aren't making enough to live off. Donations aren't doing enough, and we ahve two choices:
-doug, chris, paul work other jobs to live = MUCH MUCH less time for NS and a shittier site.
-or find a new source on income for them.
After a LOT of discussion with us mods, it was decided that chargin a SMALL monthly fee would be the bets way. Even $2... that's.... 20 mins of work if you make minimum wage. Think of the countless HOURS you spend on NS. Doesn't it seem worth it? In order to help those who have made this site what it is and continue to improve it, and allow them to live and continue making this site better.
so, basically, for anyone with a brain, it isn't hard to see that it is worth it 100%. The fee wouldn't be more then $5 a month, so it's not a big deal anyways.