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Author Subject: Changes to Club Membership
jimmy_boy Forum Admin

Location: Christchurch

Registered: 09 Jun 2003

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Post #51
I'm glad people see this as a sensible option and one being accepted maturely even by those who cannot/won't pay for their membership.

I've saved more than a fiver's worth over the years by using the wealth of knowledge accumulated here.

Probably more like £905 worth tbh! Also meeting some of my best friends for life which I consider priceless.

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Posted 26th Mar 2012 at 16:05
gazzerdaman

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Location: Chelmsford

Registered: 25 Sep 2003

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Post #52
stan_306gti6 wrote:
A quick note to all those who seeing paying as a burden...

Most members here have been here a fair while and have enjoyed the forum for all that its had to offer them. Sometimes technical advice, sometimes life advice and sometimes good old banter or a chance to vent the days frustrations. All of these things happen in one place...this forum.

The forum DOES cost money to run and has done ALL the years from its beginnings in 2002. It was funded for all the members so they could use it free of charge. You were asked to pay in 2011. Some 9 years it has been funded by someone else for the benefit of YOU the member. Some of you guys who state you're not prepared to pay have your reasons and I don't disrespect those. However, no-one is looking to make money from a forum contribution, its literally to cover the costs of running it.

There is no such thing as a "free lunch" and lets be honest we have ALL been enjoying free lunches since we became members FOC. Now a small contribution is being asked to help with the running costs, not to top up someone's wage packet, to cover the RUNNING COSTS.

Refusing to contribute £5 a YEAR to help keep this place the great place it is? I respect your individual choice but just can't fathom the logic...No


That's not strickly true,

There was a time before when donations were asked for to help with the upkeep of the site (hosting etc)

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Posted 26th Mar 2012 at 16:18
stan_306gti6 Forum Admin

Location: Kent

Registered: 18 Jan 2004

Posts: 21,773

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Post #53
gazzerdaman wrote:


That's not strickly true,

There was a time before when donations were asked for to help with the upkeep of the site (hosting etc)



Yes, you are correct. And it was due to the lack of people offering such donations that membership was eventually introduced. Yes

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Peugeot 306 GTi-6
2000 (X), Moonstone Love
Posted 26th Mar 2012 at 16:21
stan_306gti6 Forum Admin

Location: Kent

Registered: 18 Jan 2004

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Post #54
scib4 wrote:


Am i not right in thinking you only became a paid member 2-3 weeks back Stan, or was that part of the Admin package Roll eyes

Anyway makes no difference, not here judge, just saying i won't be payingThumbs up



I became a member in December 2011 actually. The reason I did not sign up when the membership was introduced in September 2011 was because I was hardly ever on the site at that time due to work commitments. Once December came, I had a LOT more free time to do things and I got round to paying up for the membership. It was shortly after this time when there started to be a lot of arguments etc on the site, and having actively got involved in them and offering my services for Admin, I was eventually elected as an Admin member.

Incidently, paid membership is NOT a freebie for being part of the Admin team, we all still pay just the same as everybody else...Yes

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Peugeot 306 GTi-6
2000 (X), Moonstone Love
Posted 26th Mar 2012 at 16:26
matt evans

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Post #55
jimmy_boy wrote:
Also meeting some of my best friends for life which I consider priceless.


I've only met Coskev. TBH as i was dissapointed (he was much older than i thought), does that qualify me for a refund? LOL!LOL LOL LOL LOL

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2004 Aegean Blue 206 GTi 180 (also gone...)
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Do you wrestle for a living matt? You sound like a monster LOL


owain wrote:
Nothing involving a 306 can be considered worthwhile.

Posted 26th Mar 2012 at 16:42
eliotrw

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Registered: 18 Jul 2010

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Post #56
It's 5 quid I just dont get the hate?
Thats the cheapest forum paid membership ive seen, by being a member ive saved like 50 quid on parts TODAY

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Posted 26th Mar 2012 at 16:57
justinaccurate

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Registered: 29 Apr 2006

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Post #57
stan_306gti6 wrote:
Refusing to contribute £5 a YEAR to help keep this place the great place it is? I respect your individual choice but just can't fathom the logic...No


I'm only really here for the giggles these days. Yes I asked a technical question in off topic the other day and took advantage. In my time as a member here I would like to think I have given back the community what I have taken from it, they may only be simple jobs but I bothered to contribute to the FAQ section a couple of times as well as try and answer threads when people had similar issues to me. I still occasionally get PMs about stuff that I have posted about.

I am of the school of thought and have seen on other sites that once you start paying for the service that has always been free, the days are numbered. Once the freeloaders go, there's not much else to say. Love them or hate them, the random noobs give you something to talk about and moderate.

Here we have a forum dedicated to a car that is now between 12 and 16 years old, with values plummeting. Everything that can happen to these cars has happened already. As a non owner I am only here because of the friendships built up with other members, already I cannot post in technical forums to answer questions asked in the correct section, it just seems to die a little more every day here.

Like running a forum about VHS or Super Nintendo, it is not your fault that the product you are discussing has had its day.

This place was once great. It is still good. I still come here a lot now, but I can see that it has a finite shelf life that is coming to a premature end.

Sorry Sad
Posted 26th Mar 2012 at 18:48
mr west

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Location: herts

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Post #58


I've saved more than a fiver's worth over the years by using the wealth of knowledge accumulated here.

Thumbs up likewise

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Posted 26th Mar 2012 at 19:02
stan_306gti6 Forum Admin

Location: Kent

Registered: 18 Jan 2004

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Post #59
mr west wrote:


I've saved more than a fiver's worth over the years by using the wealth of knowledge accumulated here.

Thumbs up likewise


I think this is the view of a lot of people. Yes

Obviously, it won't be everyone's view, and that what makes for a good debate sometimes. Smile

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Peugeot 306 GTi-6
2000 (X), Moonstone Love
Posted 26th Mar 2012 at 19:05
ryangti6

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Post #60
I 100% back the idea that members that havnt paid shouldnt be able to post anywhere on the forum, I have suggested this many times and that was when I hadnt even paid myself. It seems the only logical way to keep the paying people happy.

If I read the first post correctly then the questions about traders has been answered, surely not able to post anywhere on the forum includes the parts for sale?

I paid my fiver the other day mainly to give me the larger inbox if I'm honest as it will make breaking my car a lot easier. I also pay to advertise on Ebay etc so thought it's fair enough to pay on here when I'm breaking a car. It is good to see the site is being improved lately too as the way it was heading is definitly one reason I hadnt paid in the past.

Keep up the good work Thumbs up

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Posted 26th Mar 2012 at 19:19
dragoon

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Post #61
I've got plenty of decent help on here during the past years, gladly paid the 5£ and will be happy to continue doing so in the near future, at least as long as I drive a Peugeot.
Hell, I even pay more than most of you (paying in ) Razz
And with the set of lions I sold on here I can stay a member till I die really LOL

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Posted 26th Mar 2012 at 19:26
lewisdmz

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Registered: 25 Jul 2009

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Post #62
Ok good point the £5 will not put off everyone but it will put off a lot of casual members who might not even be into cars that much but contribute to the community by way of banter* and general social chat.

Look on any car forum and the most popular section by miles is always the general lounge area, this is where the relationships are made which grow the sense of community which leads to meets/trackdays etc.

I can see the need to charge for lunch but I can't help but think this is a step too far/in the wrong direction. How much money could be raised by advertising from sponsors etc?

*immense hate for that word.
Posted 26th Mar 2012 at 19:41
SteviePut

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Post #63
It's a pretty daft idea TBH. I'll not be paying for membership for the simple reason I don't own a Pug any more. I was happy with not posting in the tech sections etc. I can live with that but I won't be forced in to coughing up £5 just so I can post a little dribble now and thenThumbs down

So Wave Wave. It was fun while it lasted. Good luck to everyone. I'll no doubt meet up with a few more of you guys on the Forum trackday - that's if Non paying members are aloud to go?? I suppose that'll be the next thingWhistle

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Posted 26th Mar 2012 at 20:01
SteviePut

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Post #64
When's this happening btw?

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Posted 26th Mar 2012 at 20:06
allesclar

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Post #65
brilliant idea, this forum alone has saved me a fortune in work which i have managed to carry out.

each to their own opinion but if you cant be arsed to pay a fiver to support something so beneficial (maybe not to you) and a form of socialising, then goodbye.

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Posted 26th Mar 2012 at 20:07
SteviePut

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Post #66
allesclar wrote:


each to their own opinion but if you cant be arsed to pay a fiver to support something so beneficial (maybe not to you) and a form of socialising, then goodbye.


Not a case of not being arsed. I won't be forced into paying anythingWink

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Posted 26th Mar 2012 at 20:09
CUJ

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Post #67
All you non-payers can jog on Wave LOL Whistle

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Posted 26th Mar 2012 at 20:25
SteviePut

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Post #68
CUJ wrote:
All you non-payers can jog on Wave LOL Whistle

Gladly LOL

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My old man wrote me a letter from prison once. It said if you don't want to end up in here, stay away from crime, women and drugs. Trouble is, that don't leave you much else to do, does it?
Posted 26th Mar 2012 at 20:30
cress87

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Post #69
Dang! Now I'll have to pay to flog all my 306 spares cluttering up the shed. Roll eyes LOL

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You feed beefburgers to swans. Yes

I may have been speeding Mr Policeman but [a] I live for the 306 and [b] did you see that dog? omfg
Posted 26th Mar 2012 at 20:45
redrallye

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Post #70
CUJ wrote:
All you non-payers can jog on Wave LOL Whistle


I will, to the other car forums I use that are free LOL

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Posted 26th Mar 2012 at 20:45
thugpuggin

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Post #71
cress87 wrote:
Dang! Now I'll have to pay to flog all my 306 spares cluttering up the shed. Roll eyes LOL


8 cars worth of leftovers are now going to the bin or being weighed in. Photobucket cull too maybe.

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Posted 26th Mar 2012 at 20:52
SteviePut

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Post #72
Thug, you could exchange your databases for membership! LOL

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My old man wrote me a letter from prison once. It said if you don't want to end up in here, stay away from crime, women and drugs. Trouble is, that don't leave you much else to do, does it?
Posted 26th Mar 2012 at 20:55
thugpuggin

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Post #73
SteviePut wrote:
Thug, you could exchange your databases for membership! LOL


Said thing died years ago after a laptop failure and a reality check save for the 60 Astors myth.Wink

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Black X Reg PIII.VGTi 6 A4212 pt 1 A4212 pt 2 Searching the streets of Bristol for 1.36p/day.

Joint Kent Leader

Posted 26th Mar 2012 at 21:01
SteviePut

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Post #74
thugpuggin wrote:
SteviePut wrote:
Thug, you could exchange your databases for membership! LOL


Said thing died years ago after a laptop failure and a reality check save for the 60 Astors myth.Wink


Laugh my ass off Laugh my ass off

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My old man wrote me a letter from prison once. It said if you don't want to end up in here, stay away from crime, women and drugs. Trouble is, that don't leave you much else to do, does it?
Posted 26th Mar 2012 at 21:02
cress87

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Post #75
thugpuggin wrote:
cress87 wrote:
Dang! Now I'll have to pay to flog all my 306 spares cluttering up the shed. Roll eyes LOL


8 cars worth of leftovers are now going to the bin or being weighed in. Photobucket cull too maybe.


I don't really want to dump the lot. Wonder how long I have to sell them before new membership rules are introduced? Whistle

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Ph3 China blue GTi-6 330Ci///M Sport & NC23 CBR400RR Cool

You feed beefburgers to swans. Yes

I may have been speeding Mr Policeman but [a] I live for the 306 and [b] did you see that dog? omfg
Posted 26th Mar 2012 at 21:24

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