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    Default RTF - Upgrade Poll!

    I know, I know....many of you are tired of the "bandwidth exceeded" messages, ghost pages, disappearing lengthy posts that you've hunted and pecked on the page, etc.

    Many of you have offered up assistance in the form of support.

    I've sought some consultation from someone smarter than I. I'm told that in other communities, some very successful discussion communities have offered "gold level", "silver level" and "basic" , style tiered sponsorships.

    Usually they are priced accordingly and the higher the contribution, the more "stuff" the donor receives. Many times the "gold level members" get acceptance into an additional forum, only available to them, for viewing and for posting.

    I'm not saying this is the direction RTF will go.

    BUT....I do want to know your opinion.

    Your comments matter to me...

    Please take a moment to click a button or write a comment. Thanks much. I really want to know what you gals and guys think.

    Your pal, Chris

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    I fully support the gold level member idea, but see no reason to have a place where "gold level members" get acceptance into an additional forum, only available to them, for viewing and for posting.
    I would never want to see any area labeled as a "for members only" area.
    That goes so against the spirit of RTF.
    Sherri Young

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Frontier Labs
    I fully support the gold level member idea, but see no reason to have a place where "gold level members" get acceptance into an additional forum, only available to them, for viewing and for posting.
    I would never want to see any area labeled as a "for members only" area.
    That goes so against the spirit of RTF.
    I completely agree.

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    I am not into the "caste" system.
    A lot of people are afraid of heights. Not me, I'm afraid of widths.

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    Ditto on the first two posts.
    Nancy P



    "We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made." M.Facklam

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Frontier Labs
    I fully support the gold level member idea, but see no reason to have a place where "gold level members" get acceptance into an additional forum, only available to them, for viewing and for posting.
    I would never want to see any area labeled as a "for members only" area.
    That goes so against the spirit of RTF.
    I agree with this
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    From a moderators outlook why not do what's easiest for you? Unless of course your really not that busy right now!! Randy

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    I also agree that an exclusive board is not necessary. But I love the idea of tiered sponsorships. Then people can contribute to the extent they are capable.

    Me, Shayne, and Jerry need to cough up Platinum membership bucks!

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    This is my first post, and I suspect that my post will be limited in the future, but I'd gladly pony up sponsorship $$$ to get the info I get here daily.

    I see not need for any exclusion from sites.

    As a good friend of mine has said, "I'm just happy to be able to be here!"

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    Chris,

    I really do not care for the idea of the idea of accessibility based solely on a monetary tier system. One of the things that make RTF great is in cyber space we are able to learn from the ones who have gone before us. The wisdom we all gain from these pages are a very valuable tool when it comes to the well being of our dogs whether it be in the training, testing, medical, or just the day to day life of these mutts we have already invested greatly into. I would hate to see someone who could be richly helped or richly contribute left out solely based on his or her ability to pay for access.
    One of the great things about RTF is the diversity we have and one of the bad things about RTF is the diversity. It will always be a double edged sword but I really wouldn?t want it any other way. We in many ways are a family here and like everyone?s family there are some we love and some we do not.
    I don?t have the answer to this challenge you are facing but I do know this we love and will fight for this sight in any way you need us to. If you would setup someway for us to voluntarily contribute to the sight you might be able to solve most if not all of the financial challenges.

    Don Ritter
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