I raised this topic a year or so ago in an attempt to drum up some more support for First Sea Lord Stephen (Fireboat) in his efforts.
I was promptly bombarded with a diatribe about 'Internet should be free for all', often quoting some guy (whose name escapes me now but must be in my archive) who allegedly conducted a militant campaign for free internet.
My researches turned up that he had indeed been arrested at least once for his activities, BUT also that his theme was free software not free internet access as such.
What the Free Internet / Free Website advocates seem to forget or ignore (or just don't realise) is that the WWW infrastructure depends on a whole heap of expensive hardware, which needs to be purchased, installed, maintained and upgraded, at ever shorter intervals, when tech advances and increased load (that's us 😉) requires it. The guys that provide all this are not altruists and like to eat and have a roof over their heads!
Then there are the website creators, in our case Stephen, who has a 'day job' and keeps our site running out of interest and fun! But it takes a lot of his time. A few of us try to help him as best we can but we cannot alter/upgrade any coding. Only Stephen can do that.
I've also heard the argument that 'I'd like to contribute but I only have my pension'.
So do I, but I can still manage a biannual two figure contribution.
I don't know the precise current site costs but I figure very roughly that if just 300 of the 'alleged' 5000 plus members each contributed only £1.00 per annum we'd be home n dry.
The alternative would be to have the site flooded with paid Pop-up Adverts to cover the standing costs. I'm sure that none of us want that.
So, as in the gist of Mike's post, -
Use the site for free if you wish, it's the best source of bin there dun that help you could wish for. BUT don't moan if you don't like the way it works!!!
Constructive and implementable suggestions are of course welcome.
Soap box packed away for the night😉
G'night All, Sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite😁