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Reply #9: You could start a site like that, but I can't see the site Admins here going to that model. [View All]

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TygrBright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 04:36 PM
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9. You could start a site like that, but I can't see the site Admins here going to that model.
One thing that allows DU to be so very functional, with lots of forums, excellent basic software, regular upgrades, a modding system that can be operated by part time volunteers, etc., is that it is, essentially, three peoples' nearly full-time jobs to manage the site, stay on top of technical issues, pay for equipment and hosting, look for upgrades, train volunteers, keep an eye on the modding, shoot trouble, update guidelines, etc.

And while some of that is financed by member contributions, a substantial amount of what enable it to be a near full-time job for three people is being able to tell potential advertisers how many eyes view this site in a given period. In other words, LARGE numbers. Respectable numbers. Sufficient that advertisers want to place their stuff here even if it won't necessarily be seen by members and people who use ad blockers and such.

I can't see that working the same way in a by-invitation-only site.

It could maybe work as a spin-off, or a meta-DU, but you'd have to work out the issues of whether it's fair to couple such a site with the whole "Democratic Underground" concept that was created by this site's owners, and brought to its current brand recognition/traffic level by their hard work, etc.

dubiously,
Bright
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