Is this "pay per read" junk really necessary?
You ask if the “pay-per-read” is really necessary. Well, I value your inout and your participation in the forum but I don’t think I owe you a reply for that question. My suggestion is go to the store and ask the clerk if it is really necessary that you pay for the items that you want. Of just call TFH and tell them because of the free flow of information the magazine has to be for free in the Internet. They may be willing to give you a better answer.
Please don't give me any baloney that it is "to cover hosting needs"....I don't buy it...If that is the case, I'd like to see an expense report published monthly so we no where our "donations" are going to...
I am sorry but until you become a share holder of the Cichlid Room Companion I don’t have to give you any of that information. Much less I need you to “buy it” or not. I also don’t recall any “donations” that you made?
I also think it is unfair that you make your demands in such a tone because the Cichlid Room Companion has been offering you free information for eleven years and thousands of hours have been put into this effort, costing me work hours, money and sacrifices to my family, and for free. Alright, I decided to do that and I am not charging you for it. There have also been other people participating into this effort.
Now, if I get money I can buy software and put more hours to make this never ending page to grow and offer everyday better services and information, if I don’t get money I just can put so many money and hours into this page, for free alright. Until I get tired and give it up that is.
I also want everybody who participates in this page with their work to get something in return for their effort, and that is also the aim. I have to say most times they say they don’t want to get anything, but then I insist. That is what I believe in and what I work for and I don’t need to have a general consensus.
I don’t intend to be rude or disrespectful in any way. As I said I value everybody’s participation in this forum, and I don’t intend to hide my intentions in what I am doing here.
Now you actually got an answer and I need to go back to work! If I get finished early enough I may actually get a couple of hours tonight to work in some problems we have with the forum software.