I was just a little worried that money may have been needed, I’m glad to hear the finances were already available.
I’m a little worried about asking for subscriptions. This site is gradually evolving into what I hoped, as a more creative forum for FileMaker developers. The Claris Community is also now what they wanted, a ‘how do I do this?’ or ‘this isn’t working’ direct question and answer site, whereas much of what goes on here is more outside of the box.
‘The soup’ is more expansive in its content, with more free thinking, discussion and, thankfully very little FileMaker or Claris bashing, which would do none of us any good. I’m worried that a fee would prevent more of these type of contributors form joining, as recently most posts have been from a small percentage of the 300 plus members.
For the growth of the forum, personally I’d prefer to try to keep away from asking individuals to pay to contribute. I do like Christian’s donation idea, which of course Wikipedia has been doing for years, albeit somewhat begging during the last couple of years.
If we could encourage employees from organisations to make voluntary contributions (through the company/organisation) to supplement those of us prepared to make our own direct contributions, I feel this would have less of an impact on new members joining.
I know a few dollars isn’t much, but looking at the subscription exhaustion we’re all approaching with Netflix, Apple, Spotify, etc. I think people are going to say ‘enough’ and rein back on these multiple outgoings that do add up significantly.
Many times I see a new contributor opening up with ‘this seems a nice forum’ and that’s what I’d like to see more of.