Sunday, November 28, 2004

Forum Participation Costs...?

Does anyone envision the day when registering with a forum will have an associated cost? Today forums provide feedback, information, and promotion for many users and most are absolutely free to join and participate in.

The many benefits available with forum participation would suggest that free membership will someday be a thing of the past. I hope not. I think forums provide a great service to the Internet community in that the proliferation of information is boundless in this environment.

From the very beginning, the Internet has been trying to earn its keep -- so to speak. It had to first convince users that it was worth a look and then have them return for more. The numbers suggest that users are returning as long as the price is right. Free... Will this change someday?

My overall question only looks at one area of Internet usage -- forums.

I have introduced a poll question in my forum -- News, Software, & Java (NS&J), concerning the use of forums for business, promotion, information and feedback. Click on this link --> Forum Poll if you would like to participate. If you are not already a member of this forum you will have to join... and yes membership is free.


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