Really starting to look like a guilt trip born of pure greed.
I got message been here a few years if dues required, I had no prob. as site helpful & if cost to run site why not help for club's sake .Could be wrong, but my guess would be this follow up PM from a fairly new Admin (been here less then a year)........
Aug 16, 2023 New
Did you see my message about Supporting Membership and the decals (https://www.tinboats.net/account/upgrades)?
This site heavily relies on Supporting Memberships and I didn't hear back so just wanted to follow-up to make sure you got my message.
I donated because of the lack of politics. Many motorcycle sites end up just talking politics vice motorcycles. Once in awhile someone will slide a political wise crack in on here but then it ends there which is good. I did receive a few conversation post but that did not bother me. I really do not believe anyone is getting rich running this site but do believe they need some money to continue. I like this site a lot it beats trying to learn all about little boats on You-tube.
More than happy to donate and keep the site going. It's an inexpensive way to learn and entertain oneself. And most of the threads and posts are normal and not harassing in nature. As long as I use this site I'm willing to pay a small stipend for it. After all, the owner has to make a bit of profit to carry on.
I have 4 notices and a HUGE banner at the top of every page, all within the past 6 months and have never before seen this type of begging on any other site.I'm not seeing it. I also doubt that either Jim or the new owner made or are making much if any significant money from the site.
You guys hit on one of the things that makes this site great, namely friendly conversations with not too much arguing. Being a capitalist at heart, I'm not opposed to someone making a profit.
We all know the reasons to be a TB Supporter. Still, making a $$ contribution is an individual decision. One of the reasons I wish this thread had not occurred is the potential for someone feeling criticized for their decision. I see that happen on other forums. I think my comment might come across as kind of tedious - sorry about that.