I think having NS be a semi-paying site would just seem really wierd.
I understand its going to get very hard without any revenue, but personally the best part of NS is that everyone is on the same level, be it some 10 year old kid named Freeskier540 with 5 posts or Eheath, or even pros like jonaolsson.
I think its a really unique place where the best of the industry can interact with their fans and customers, and I have a feeling if NS started offering exclusive features just for "premium members" people would just leave. Even though I love NS and skiing, I know I wouldn't pay to use NS because I'm broke, I don't have a credit card, and I don't want to have to pay through my parents and explain why I'm spending money on nothing (as they would put it).
I think I can handle the amount of ads on NS for now, although it is starting to piss me off a bit.
I don't mind the banners much but can you PLEASE stop the little links on certain words. Its really fucking annoying when you move your mouse over a thread and 3 little things pop up saying, search for "shit" here! or the best prices for "FKS" here!
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