December 11 will definitely be like Black Monday all over again. People lost everything then when the stock market in the US crashed. There was a long depression. It looks like that will be repeated.
I, also, am also not going to be able to pay for a subscription. I shall miss each and every person. Most especially Anthony. Whenever I needed a laugh, he was always there.
((((((Each and every MN'er))))))
I apologize in advance if you have already read this in Announcements. I post it here also because I think we are losing sight of the fact that MN is a business like any other, with a staff to pay. With that said...
First let me make clear that this is a personal post, as a MN
member and is in no way sanctioned by MN - they do not know I
am making it and in fact, they may get mad at me for posting this. I
am hoping that this will not cost me friends, but I had to speak out.
For five years MN has brought us mysteries to read, mysteries to
solve, teasers to have fun with and above all, a close and unique
community not found anywhere else on the internet. All for free.
Many came into the site in a way that they did not even have to see
ads, let alone click on them.
Now, MN needs our help to stay a viable site. The only possible
way to do this was to charge a small fee (and it is very reasonable)
or lose MN entirely. I think people have panicked because they did
not know what to expect. The new site will be even better with new
features. I am stunned that so many have said they would not come
back - I thought what we had here was worth paying a small fee to
keep. I, for one, would be willing to pay someone's fee if they still
want to come and are unable to pay it. I realize that MN has kept
you in the dark about what is happening, and maybe that was a
mistake on their part. It started a panic that grew like a snowball.
More information will be forthcoming shortly.
For those who have links here, I was very unhappy to read you
were taking them down. My feeling on that is that anyone who
happened to wander in here could see those things, without anyone
ever knowing they had. All they had to do was read and not post. It
seems to me that it would be even more secure now, with only
members having access. Of course, that is your decision and I will
respect it. Members who belonged to other areas of the site were
free to come here also. Members who sign on for the new club are
more than likely, already members of MN.
All I am asking you to do is think things over and not do anything
rashly. Do we really want to lose this? Don't we also owe MN
something for the years of enjoyment we've had? Thanks for
I love you all. - Fran
Your post is very insightful...
I have always felt that MN is a business, it would be silly to think that someone would pay for as many jobs and hardware equipment to run for free.
It is obvious that MN has tried many money generating projects. Major companies have done banner ads. MN has a bookstore, and I understand, from time to time, they try to get known names to talk about the site. They also have a pay-per-play section.
I can only @ssume that they are not generating the money that is needed.
For those that can afford to pay, but are not going to need to look at a few points.
1. What would MN need to do in order to gain your business? Is something amiss from the format? Is there a service that is not being offered?
2. Have you ever contacted MN (There is a contact info page just click at the very bottom of the page) I do not know what kind of response time would be involved.
As for those who cannot afford a fee... that is entirely a different issue, and I certainly feel for you guys during this time, as I know what it is like to have to face these kinds of problems
Sunny I think everyone has good points, for me the reason I wouldn't pay is because of all those that won't be here because they can't afford to pay.
I think that is a valid point, Chre..
That probably will be the reason that I would not pay as well... Because it is a good site, and has a lot of areas that are fun... but face it, it requires interaction...