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Hi Sharon. I am really sorry that you have been subjected to abuse. 3 people may be a tiny minority, but given all that you do for the stitching community it 3 too many. THANK YOU for all that you do.
Barbara, Sharon didn't talk of money we would have to pay!
Nobody knows yet how much Ning will ask for their services...
And once Sharon knows, she said she will first try to gather that money with advertising and Amazon affiliation. Here I must say it's true that maybe people don't click too much, but I think they would surely click more if they knew this keeps their site alive! I will click a lot more..And it would cost me nothing to go to Amazon through the link here instead of using a bookmark of mine! I think many others would do the same.
If this is not enough to pay Ning fees, , donations will be asked...Actually I think it would be useful to add this opportunity from now (setting up a Paypal account it's very easy!), for example I wouldn't like to have to pay a subscription ( if I had to pay a subscription for all the services I'm using that offer a free basic lavel and a 'Premium', improved one, such as Yahoo Mail, Webshots, Picnik and a lot others, I would spend a fortune! And for each one of them it would be just a few dollars...But they are a lot), but I wouldn't mind to donate adollar or two by Paypal from time to time... And if other people did the same in the community, it would be easy to collect what's necessary without asking a subscripton fee (that IMHO would discourage _a lot_ of people)
Barbara Gordon said:I'm really sorry to hear this. I love all the groups I belong to, but it's starting to get a bit expensive! My income isn't high enough to keep paying out to all the groups I belong to. I'm hoping that maybe you can find somewhere else to maybe do this on instead. I'm sorry about it to.....I realize it costs money to run things, but I can just afford so much. I wish you luck and sorry I'm not that versed on this to come up with any suggestions.
Sharon, thank you for taking the time over the weekend to notify everyone here of the changes to Ning that could possibly affect Stitchin Fingers. I agree that you are doing the right thing by waiting to see what Ning will decide to actually do.
I see no problem with the paying of a donation or a small fee by members to cover the cost of the site if that turns out to be the best solution. You have provided a wonderful service to so many people, first with Pintangle and everything that is available there, to Stitchin Fingers and what that has bought to so many.
I feel the solution you decide on will be for the best and you have my total support. I can't see why anyone would even consider saying that greed by you is involved in the problem being caused by the changes to Ning at the moment. They should take the time to read the previous messages from you and other members and then give a fair comment.
Once again thank you for all the time you so generously give to the stitching community, as I know many of us appreciate you for doing that.
Hi all I just wanted to say thanks for all the support. I feel confident things will be OK. So lets wait until Ning tell us what they are going to charge.
Now lets stop worrying and go checkout the photos today - there has been some great work loaded and then there is stitchin to do!
Hope you can all tell I am smiling!