Mr.BishopDude don't get me wrong here. I personally think we should all be perfectly happy with a free, balanced, ad-supported model. Problem is, some people are using AdBlock, and others are requesting something different. I'm only opening the conversation too - and trust me, we won't get rid of a totally awesome free Newschoolers. Never. Ever.
Good. Awesome. Don't. Let's never talk about this again.
-MK-And there should NOT be premium content you can pay for. That's like pressuring people to pay for NS to be better, they shouldn't have to pay
Exactly, what are we, some kind of platinum-card dick-suck rewards program? This is newschoolers, man. I understand that generating revenue is the biggest pain in the ass ever, but there's a difference between finding new sources of income and ruining what is, in my opinion, the greatest thing that has ever been created on the internet.
-MK-But I feel it would be unfair to make everyone who doesn't want to pay, feel like they should pay so they aren't missing out on what other members are getting. I'm all for the Adblock, but not really for the extra content
Again, I agree with this. Imagine, for example: some kid comes on NS for the first time, cause he heard about it from some other guys at his local hill. He wants to see the new, best shit out there but he can't because he needs to get his parents' credit card to unlock it. Maybe he's lucky and they bite, but more likely than not they say sorry son, we're not paying for some website we've never heard of. So the kid is relegated to some second class, and can't fully share in the community. "Ehh, whatever, this site seems a little too elitist. I wish I could see everything they have to offer. Guess not, I'm out of here."
I'm sorry, this post is a little reactionary and it brings up points that have been covered already (perhaps even more eloquently), but this is my immediate gut feeling. Fuck that shit. Fuck paying for NS. Fuck "premium content". That sounds like some sellout bullshit to me. I realize I'm not being helpful and I'm sorry for that. This just strikes me as the wrong way of going about things. Do I have a solution? No. Definitely not. And for that reason, I don't really have the right to get so upset. I wish there were a compromise, but paid subscriptions for "premium content," a few perks and no ads sounds like the quickest way to ruin a good thing.