I pay money for magazines, newspapers, and books that I like to read. I'm willing to pay for a website that I like to read as well.
I can post as much as I want on IHSS for less than $.05 a day. Doesnt seem to steep a price to keep all the trolls and their 5 User names off the forums.
I appreciated everyone's feedback. One item that several paid members have emailed me about is the Google Ads appearing even though they are paid members. Effective immediately, Google Ads will NOT appear if you are a paid member of IHSS.
I came home from games and bashed officials. That's just part of the game. I have seen coaches do it during a game, in newspaper quotes after the game, etc. I get that in forum of this type it is easier to go overboard.
Originally Posted by TMAY
Most online newspapers have comments sections for articles that are published. Early on those comments were pretty much anonymous and you did have some stuff that didn't belong. Now most use some type of free registration to still allow you to post but you either have your name in your public profile or you have to login with your Facebook account.
I understand there are some year round posters on this site who get involved with all the active sports. In my case, even 5-10 years ago when I was very active, I only watch this site for a couple sports. Those are small school basketball and occasionally the softball pages, but they have never been very active. Right now there are a handful of posters on the small school boys page and 1 or 2 on the small school girls page. While I feel like I could offer a fair amount of information on teams in SW IL, I don't feel like I should have to pay a fee to provide the information that others get to read for free.
Controversial discussion sells. Doesn't matter if it's Fox News, CNN Sports Illustrated or your local paper. I understand the desire to keep it under control. I have had some heated discussion with FanTim, MetroEast, Brohammis, TrojanMan99 and others. It doesn't mean I hate them, it means we disagreed at some point and that it was makes discussion boards and forums interesting.
If it is about the $18 then say that is what it's about. If it's about providing scholarships then say that. I just don't buy the theory that the $18 makes the site somehow better or more informative, it just makes it boring and maybe that's the goal. I'd gladly pay the $18 for the discussion and topics from the good ol' days.