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BartBart Posts: 6,080AdministratorLeadPro
edited November -1 in NLHE Strategy Discussion
I'm considering opening the forum strategy area up to non-subscribers that create a detailed, free member profile. I feel like this community is very tight as is and am really happy with the content and thoughts that are written here. What are your views about outsiders coming in?



  • bobo1384 Posts: 145Subscriber
    go for it
  • eselspiel Posts: 115Subscriber
    Personally, I think the quality will degrade. 2+2 is the obvious example, but I also think the advice etc, in the forums at Deuces Cracked have gone downhill over time.
  • ThehammahThehammah Posts: 7,090Subscriber
    I think the trollers will come
  • Tyrith Posts: 353Subscriber
    The paywall stops people who don't care and just want to be degenerate message board jerks from messing around.
  • chilidog Posts: 2,427Subscriber
    I can see both sides : free advertising vs possible downgrade in quality. Personally I like it restricted to paying customers. No trolls, honest responses, more accountability. It's currently a nice side benefit of being a subscriber. Plus: who can't afford $10/mo?
  • Jseeley Posts: 48Member
    Maybe a 30 day trial? I just fear that once it's opened up even if it turns for the worse it will never be close.
  • shmed Posts: 321Subscriber
    I prefer the member pre-requisite -- selects for people that are serious and thoughtful enough to subscribe/study the game and have a common understanding -- makes the forum unique and differentiated from others, plus I agree that this is why trolling is kept to a minimum.

    However I can understand if Bart would like additional avenues to attract people to the site and increase membership. One idea -- how about keeping the members-only sections as is, but having one additional new forum that allows non-members and members to comment? Allows non-members to participate and get a sense, and if they like it, actually creates more incentive for them to join than if the whole forum were opened up. The members-only forums would continue unchanged.
  • napncrash Posts: 177Subscriber
    I would be devastated if this forum began to degrade. 2 plus 2 is a shit show and nearly impossible to find what you're looking for. This is exactly what I've wanted for years.
  • RecreationalRogerRecreationalRoger Posts: 789Subscriber

    I'm leaning slightly against. Same reasons as everyone else. I feel like here I get 3-4 good responses to a question, whereas on 2+2 I get 20+ that I have to wade through to find the 3-4 good responses.

    Having said that, you're running a business obviously, if you feel the need to expand, maybe schmeds idea of a separate forum for non paying customers might be the way to split the difference.

    Or maybe another idea if you're trying to get more subscribers, is to try a reduced rate the first month (maybe half off), and then auto renew them full price month 2. That might expand your subscriber base easily without turning the forums into a troll fest.

  • reedmylipsreedmylips Posts: 1,146Subscriber
    I feel like I "know" posters in this forum, like it is actually a community. We all have the same background knowledge (your training materials) and are all serious about improving our game, at least serious enough to subscribe to training material. Non-members can still read the forums, and if they like what they say, they can subscribe to the sight and post.

    Please keep it that way. Thanks!
  • WackabrewWackabrew Posts: 400Subscriber
    Agree with all of the above comments re: this turning in to 2+2. I would rather see the forum restricted to members only. As RML mentioned, if people like it, they can subscribe. I would hate to have to close a post that I make with "flame away" like many people do on 2+2.
  • Wouldn't do it. 2p2 is full of trolls and I feel that the posters here actually care about their game and discussing poker in an intelligent and respectful manner.
  • TJ Posts: 239Subscriber
    I'm also opposed. As stated above, this is what I've been looking for, where flaming and trolling aren't really present, and I can have a quality discussion. Also, with a bunch of non-members posting around, Bart, you'd have to wade through more posts and wouldn't have as much time for us. Cool
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