Forum Upgrades Complete - Feedback Requested

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by Jared Grubbs, Sep 4, 2016.

  1. Jared Grubbs

    Jared Grubbs Administrator Staff Member

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    Did Tapatalk display it correctly in the past? I know it doesn't recognize a lot of the forum code.


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  2. Danimal

    Danimal New Member VIP Member

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    Jared,

    I noticed you said some of the addons cost you money. Does the site make enough in ad revenue for these or is there a way we can contribute to get the addons you need to make the site better?
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2016
  3. Eric

    Eric Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    I think it did, but I'm not positive about that.


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  4. Jared Grubbs

    Jared Grubbs Administrator Staff Member

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    I pretty much operate this site like a non-profit. I don't lose any money on the forum, but the more revenue it brings in the more I am able to do. If you would like to support the site a good way to do it that isn't very expensive is to upgrade your membership to VIP. There is a link to do this in the navigation bar up top. There was a donation link on the old site for anyone who wished to donate more, but that isn't back up yet. If you'd like to donate above the membership cost send me a message and I'll let you know how you can do that.

    The past 2 years advertising revenue has tanked even though forum activity has remained pretty consistent. Companies have realized that forum ads simply don't work as well as other forms of advertising, and many clicks are actually accidental. Plus the number of websites selling ad space is growing faster than the companies selling ad space. This is probably partially why more and more sites have gone to the subscription model. Non paying members just don't generate the revenue they used to.

    Because of this I too plan on making more use of the VIP membership here in the coming months. I don't want to go to premium content if I can help it, so for the foreseeable future all content on Butler Hoops will remain 100% free. But what I do plan on doing is making some of these paid forum addons only available to VIP members (I have not yet decided which ones). I'm hoping this will be a nice compromise, and a way to help finance the rest of the site without requiring anyone to pay for access to information. So everyone reading this can take this as a hint that buying the yearly VIP membership now before the price goes up might be a good move. ;)
     
  5. Jared Grubbs

    Jared Grubbs Administrator Staff Member

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    Fixed the search function so it will now return results from before the upgrade. Search feature is much easier to use than the old vBulletin software IMO.
     
  6. troggy

    troggy Well-Known Member

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    Love the new look. Easy to navigate for me, as it uses the same format as another board I frequent.
     
  7. WestLoopDog

    WestLoopDog Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Jared, I saw your message and tried to sign up for a VIP Membership, but wasn't show about the process. I clicked on the VIP Membership tab, but was asked for a password. My standard PW didn't work. What should I be doing differently?
     
  8. Jared Grubbs

    Jared Grubbs Administrator Staff Member

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    Sorry, incorrect link. It's fixed now. I've been a little behind in adding some of these new forum features. I'm hoping to have the sportsbook back on the forums to by this weekend to test out for NFL Sunday.
     

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