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POLL: Should the Marketplace be Restricted?


317 votes were cast.


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Seamus Muadhen Inactive Member writes:

Iron Mammoth, you hit the nail on the head with that one. To quote Lazarus Long a character of Heinlein: "TANSTAAFL - There aint no such thing as a free lunch".


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
no
44
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yes
19
6%
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no and boycott
5
2%
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yes - should pay to play
16
5%
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no - don't be exclusionary
31
10%
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no - support should be voluntary
42
13%
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yes - cut down on annoying posts
13
4%
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no - silly to have limits
6
2%
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yes - it's a perk, not a right
68
21%
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no - the slippery slope argument
11
3%
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yes - it's worth it
3
1%
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yes - need gentle encouragement
6
2%
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no opinion
9
3%
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whatever Bill thinks
44
14%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

Reader Ivan DBA writes:

I would like to request that we have a poll on the new restriction placed on Marketplace posting. Personally I think that having the Marketplace as a separate part of the message boards is a great idea, but I am uncomfortable with posting on it being limited to Supporting Members.

Could we have a poll on whether or not Basic Members should be able to post to the Marketplace?

So - should the Marketplace be restricted so that only Supporting Members can post?

(This is basically a yes-or-no poll, but I've tried to distill the best arguments and provide them as options. Also, to be clear, this is only a poll, not a referendum...)

no

Basic Members should be able to post items for sale to the Marketplace.

yes

Only Supporting Members should be able to post sale items to Marketplace.

no and boycott

As grapes4750 writes: "oh well, I guess my money isn't good enough for the supporting members. I saw this sort of thing coming when people started paying for membership priviliges. Maybe the Basic Members ought to go on a boycott. Remember, there are more of us than there is of them. Sad really, but that's the way it goes."

yes - should pay to play

As oldmanGarth writes: "I also think that having to 'pay to play' is fair and acceptable. After all, the seller stands to profit..."

no - don't be exclusionary

As John Leahy writes: "Folks that come here may support in oyther ways. They may be buying from advertisers here. I think that becoming a little exclusionary doesn't do anything to enhance the TMP experience."

no - support should be voluntary

As aecurtis writes: "I look at Supporting Membership as a totally voluntary effort to support TMP as a whole. At least that's why I joined. I have no problem with anyone, Supporting or not, posting on the Marketplace."

yes - cut down on annoying posts

As altfritz writes: "I think it will cut down the annoying crossposts that usually accompany the Marketplace ads."

no - silly to have limits

As nobeerblues writes: "Limiting this or any other areas of TMP is silly and only diminishes the TMP experience for all of us. But it is not my website, so I guess my opinion is just that."

yes - it's a perk, not a right

As Black Rommel writes: "Supporting Members can post to the Marketplace boards. What's this give you? A very large target audience. TMP is not a place to sell, but more on information. Bill's given us a chance to sell to this target audience, aside from Ebay. You pay on ebay, you can pay here. Don't want to pay? Go to bartertown or any other free spot to sell your stuff.

"Even if you're not a Supporting Member, you can still read it and respond to the people selling via email. If you can't afford $1 USD-$2 USD a month, then don't post your sales here. Is this elitism? Not at all. TMP is first and foremost a place to get information. The ability to perhaps make money from it (And its huge audience base) is a perk, not a right."

no - the slippery slope argument

If part of the website is for paying members only, then pretty soon the whole place will be for paying members only.

yes - it's worth it

As Wyatt the Odd writes: "As someone who has posted "for sale" messages on TMP, I agree that Bill should get a piece of the action. I've done a direct sale or two but I have no idea how many of the people who bought my Dark Future minis were TMP members. However, I have noticed that when I did post the announcements here, the amount of hits went way up."

yes - need gentle encouragement

As Cincinnatus writes: "Bill's given us a way to pay for what we get. If you don't feel it's worth the money then by all means don't pay it. But I think Bill's finding that lots of people won't pay for something when they can get it for free (the honor system doesn't work), so he's gently trying to push/encourage people to step up and contribute."

no opinion

I have no opinion.

whatever Bill thinks

I agree with whatever Bill thinks - it's his website.