Everyone is entitled to their opinions as I believe this forum services most of the free world.
This post is NOT directed at any one person here...at all!
My personal opinion is this:
I am a user from the US. The Smartphone is unsupported and officially unavailable here as of today. If not for the support offered here on this site, I would not be using a Smartphone today. Without this community (including the Administrator, Moderators, Plus members AND non-plus members), I would never had been able to set-up my phone, tweak it, add to it, use it or enjoy it.Everyone
here has provided me with more information and perks than I ever could have dreamed of....all to fuel my gadget obsessions.
I would have gladly and eagerly paid the small fee as a donation to help fund the site, even if there were NEVER any benefits involved. In fact, I joined Plus before there were any benefits.
I'm certainly not speaking for Paul, RitchieM or anyone else when I say that running a site with this much traffic is not free. 13000+ members and barely over 100 Plus members??!! Unbelievable! I would guess that at the very least...3000 of those members got enough information from this site to make the small price of Plus Membership well worth it.
Smartphone users are carrying $200 to $500+ phones in their pockets. And without this site, many of them would be unable to use those phones. Isn't the Plus Membership fee relatively small compared to the price of your phone. Compared to probably being unable to use that expensive phone?
I would hope that one day, this site would be financially backed by Microsoft and the Networks, as it has provided sales and support to users when they have not.
But until then, I personally have no problem at all donating to a site that offers so much and doesn't ask for anything in return.
Not speaking for anyone...I would guess that RitchieM doesn't get paid for his work, time or his software provided here. He, like countless others here, support the site as much as they can. How much could he get for Pong anyway? $3.99? He would never get rich on that. But if offering the software to Plus members as an incentive to help booster financial support for a community in which he has become engrossed in, is his chosen method for distribution and support for the site...then hurray for RichieM.
If making a donation via Plus Membership is your chosen method, then hurray for the donators.
If you feel forum contribution is enough...the hurray for you as you are still an important part of this community.
Everyone here benefits from the information and interaction on this site. Isn't it nice to get little perks as a thank you for financially supporting the site as well? [/sleepy rant]
PS...I'm selling pirated copies of PONG for $3.99 to non-Plus members by clicking HERE!