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To Be or Not to Be... a Subscriber

To Be or Not to Be...a Subscriber

  • I am a Paid Subscriber

    Votes: 191 75.5%
  • I Need to Pay my Subscription

    Votes: 35 13.8%
  • I don't care about the benefit of editing my posts

    Votes: 4 1.6%
  • I don't need more room to post my photos

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • I like seeing advertisements all over the threads

    Votes: 2 0.8%
  • I didn't know it was that easy

    Votes: 5 2.0%
  • I keep forgetting....

    Votes: 16 6.3%

  • Total voters
    253

Beth V

Moderator
Last Subscription Date
03/03/2018
Perhaps some of you have noticed that your name has changed color. Harry has been going through the membership lists and updating the status. I was horrified to learn that Stak only has 376 PAID Subscribers?:faint:

I'm curious why more folks don't have Stak Membership on their Christmas list of priorities.....

Obviously, I find the site worth the hassle and my $20. Sincere THANK YOU to those who have joined me.

Thanks
Beth
 

Fred Van Hook

Sponsor
Age
70
Last Subscription Date
11/05/2019
Re: To Be or Not to Be......a Subscriber

Same here!!! I found this site with all the info worth at least a being a sponsor.. Most out there are a lot smarter than me so it is worth that much in just the company I keep!!! Hopefully some of it I will retain.
 

LAKnox

Registered
Age
62
Last Subscription Date
01/15/2016
Re: To Be or Not to Be......a Subscriber

Perhaps some of you have noticed that your name has changed color. Harry has been going through the membership lists and updating the status. I was horrified to learn that Stak only has 376 PAID Subscribers?:faint:

I'm curious why more folks don't have Stak Membership on their Christmas list of priorities.....

Obviously, I find the site worth the hassle and my $20. Sincere THANK YOU to those who have joined me.

Thanks
Beth
I have in the past and will do again tonight. Harry, would you consider a "life" membership?

Lyle

---------- Post added at 09:25 PM ---------- Previous post was at 09:15 PM ----------

DONE!

Lyle
 

Gomer Buehring

Registered
Age
71
Last Subscription Date
04/25/2016
Re: To Be or Not to Be......a Subscriber

I had used this site many times before sending in to be a subscriber, that has to be one of the best things I have ever done! I haven't renewed my subscription to GEM because I find more interesting items on here than I ever found in the NEW GEM! THANKS for creating such a great site Harry!
Gomer
 

cyberbadger

Registered
Last Subscription Date
11/13/2013
Re: To Be or Not to Be......a Subscriber

I am a paying subscriber.

I have learned A LOT here.

My main complaint is the image size and restrictions on photos.

-CB
 

Mike King

Sponsor
Last Subscription Date
12/27/2019
Re: To Be or Not to Be......a Subscriber

Thanks for the reminder! I just paid and it took less than a minute!I too would be interested in a life membership.
 
Last Subscription Date
11/13/2013
Re: To Be or Not to Be......a Subscriber

I'm a little slow. It took me nearly 3 minutes to pay. Thanks for putting up with me Harry! Gary
 

Toesmack

Subscriber
Last Subscription Date
02/08/2019
Re: To Be or Not to Be......a Subscriber

I have thought many times about starting a thread on this very subject. Darn cheap entertainment. Thank you Beth, and thank you for taking your time to be a moderator!

We need these threads once in a while to remind us to get caught up!
 

Peter

Registered
Last Subscription Date
11/14/2013
Re: To Be or Not to Be......a Subscriber

There are realities not reflected in the poll. Such as being out of work, bad economy, financial issues, health or family costs, etc, etc. They may have let EE and GEM go as well.

I am not complaining, doing fine myself, just saying some folks might not need it rubbed in their faces. Christmas was mentioned. The tone does not come across very Christmas like to me.

The photo benefit is wonderful.

I am fine with the flashing Ads, because it is for a good cause.

As for the edits, I take pride in my posting and yet being human I make mistakes. Does it bother Harry or the memberhsip that the forum looks messy? Beyond the typos, I also have the occasional brain fart. I can always post a retraction in that case. That all detracts from the website.

I have some limited success with the classifieds. There might be an opportunity to collect a fee? Perhaps, when you change the status to sold, you are asked/remined to remit a buck via what ever payment method available. Click this button to print a paper bill or another button for an electronic option?
 

Jim Conte

Sponsor
Last Subscription Date
07/17/2018
Re: To Be or Not to Be......a Subscriber

Glad to be a sponsor. IMHO, ' Stak is the best thing on the internet. Without a doubt, it is the best thing to happen to the old iron hobbies since Reverend Elmer Ritzman started what became Iron Men Album. Thanks, Harry :D
 

Ed Bays

Registered
Last Subscription Date
12/14/2013
Re: To Be or Not to Be......a Subscriber

I'm curious why more folks don't have Stak Membership on their Christmas list of priorities.....
At the risk of being being crass, probably because you don't have to.

I lurked around for years, even posting our local shows in the "Calender Events" section, without subscribing. A couple of years ago, after reading a thread on the subject, I had a revelation and decided that I should subscribe. There are always circumstances where someone is a "little short". Also, people's interests change, and sadly some become too ill, or old, to be a subscriber on SmokStak anymore. Some worse.

As far as the 376 subscribers, that's only $7500 and some change. Beth, I don't know if you counted the Banner Sponsors and other larger donors, in the 376, but the cash gleaned from this site, annually, couldn't much exceed 10 grand. It has to be a labor of love.

Also, there are you guys, moderators. Couldn't imagine how much it would cost if you guys weren't volunteers. Once again...A labor of love. OK, I'm through now.

Craig, Is there anyway to post this thread on other forums, so all can participate?
 

Onan Dan

Subscriber
Last Subscription Date
03/28/2020
Re: To Be or Not to Be......a Subscriber

This site is wonderful and the folks here are great and the things I have learned about Onan generators if I had to go to college it would cost thousands. so let us all help Harry keep this site going best 20 bucks you will ever spend.:)
 

Harry

Administrator
Staff member
Re: To Be or Not to Be......a Subscriber

Notes to self:
Consider setting RegisteredIII to allow editing posts. It's a 24 hour limit anyway.
(I will add to this list as needed.)

Current totals:
Registered Users 57,988
Registered Users-I 4,620
Registered Users-II 1,392
Registered Users-III 934
SponsorA (contributor) 58
SponsorBanner 26
SponsorCard 21
Subscribers 822 (2013=380, 2012=251, 2011=82, 2010=60, 2009=35, 2008=1, 2006=1 gratis=5 unknown=7)
There are other groups such as banned or moderated, etc.

Total users= 66,455 which includes scammers, spammers, and unconfirmed email addresses.
 

Thomas Diehl

Registered
Last Subscription Date
12/06/2013
Re: To Be or Not to Be......a Subscriber

The cheapest thing I do in this hobby !!! I have learned a lot and met a lot of great folks in the steam hobby, I might have never met otherwise. Also was a great help restoring our 6 h.p. Russell traction engine and by using the PM I was able to ask my dumb questions among a selected bunch of friends!!!! Plus where ever I am in the world I can log in. ---------------------------------------------------TWD
 

Paul Johnson

Subscriber
Last Subscription Date
11/07/2019
Re: To Be or Not to Be......a Subscriber

Greetings and Many Thanks for a most helpful site, for all the users in the Great White North. Also paid up.
 

Dalene Deck

Registered
Last Subscription Date
11/13/2013
Re: To Be or Not to Be......a Subscriber

Thanks for the reminder to renew...just took care of both John's and mine. :O
 

oldproff

Registered
Last Subscription Date
11/03/2013
Re: To Be or Not to Be......a Subscriber

I am a paid subscriber. Threads like this help me remember to renew, usualy late so I send 30 instead of 20 because I think probly owe it. Harry has never cut me off. Thanks for the site Harry. Bill K
 

uglyblue66

Subscriber
Last Subscription Date
11/07/2018
Re: To Be or Not to Be......a Subscriber

I found this site a while back and enjoy it.
But I must admit I am rather ignorant on the cost of running websites and such.I have no idea what it cost or what effort is involved.And I am sure I aint the only 1.

It might help to give some basic info as far as what is involved,cost and labor wise, in running a website.Perhaps more folks that are able to would send in funds and help,once they see how it is used .
If the actual fiqures are something that needs to be kept private,use examples. Like,Server cost around X per month.
just a thought.
 

Joe K

Subscriber
Last Subscription Date
07/09/2019
Re: To Be or Not to Be......a Subscriber

I just subscribed. First time.

So I get to edit my typos?

Wow.

Harry can edit my color now.

Joe K.

EDIT FUNCTION CAPABEL
Spelling function challenged.
 
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Beth V

Moderator
Last Subscription Date
03/03/2018
Re: To Be or Not to Be......a Subscriber

I just subscribed. First time.

So I get to edit my typos?

Wow.

Harry can edit my color now.

Joe K.
Joe K.
Congratulations! You get to be GREEN instead of orange/yellow now!:D

As soon as Harry gets you upgraded, an "EDIT" button will appear for you to make corrections or add more thoughts.

Peter,

The poll/thread isn't intended to offend, only provide some facts and a perhaps a reminder since Harry doesn't send an invoice. Given the large number who view this site, I was shocked so few had subscribed. Subscription is voluntary.

The Moderators pay their $20 just like the rest. Sincere appreciation to all who have renewed or upgraded.

Beth
 
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