Your forum has helped me progress in my trading education and to become a better trader. I was an elite member since day 1, but only because I saw the value of futures.io (formerly BMT). If others don't see the value and don't agree to the fees than they can pay their educational expenses elsewhere. In fairness to all, Elite membership is the best trading education bargin on the net. You have my vote.
Well, in my opinion the question is what do you want:
A local small forum like a village or an international site?
However, I would suggest to think that the net-world changes rapidely, big successfull sites are dead in a glimpse - think of MySpace, Yahoo and others. So making downloads harder may decrease trafic so much that at the end the natural move away kills the forum. Like in a village - if no new people are appearing, the village will die after a time....
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This is my first post to the group. Been trading since the late 90s and have followed some of the threads on the site, but I haven't actually posted. This is not a reflection of the value I derive from futures.io (formerly BMT), but more a function of where I'm at after many years of trading. Once I gave up the search for the holy grail, and focused on simplifying my approach, ignoring the indicator of the month, I began to have greater success.
No doubt this comes from digging deeply for years, and absorbing all the valuable along with the not so valuable. The result is, it makes me a quieter, more disciplined trader, albeit, a somewhat passive forum participant, though no less interested. I've particularly found, of late, great value to your webinars as they pertain to new software, and new revs of existing packages, and of various traders and authors.
That said, I believe that making a minimum number of posts will only generate a lot of short, redundant content, as responders count their numbers (to payday), and this will fill the threads, make them overly lengthy thinner in content.
Making all downloads Elite reserved is a better solution to me. If people are unwilling to contribute a small sum to assist in the economics of the site, I see no reason why you should carry the herd on your shoulders. It's clear you put tremendous effort into this labor, I don't think anyone would argue this point.
When, early on, I saw the request for donations to become an Elite member, I was happy to contribute. It wasn't a dramatic amount, but it was a contribution. That's not too much to ask.
I believe this is a better model. Some will whine, but I don't think those voices matter all that much.
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First post, and for me the idea of having to post 50 to get to the downloads, would not be that apealing to me. Paying for elite membership, is a better idea. And i support that. Its an execellent site an i am learning a lot from the guys her.
You have done a great job with this site. I am definitely in favor of requiring Elite membership in order to access any downloads. Thanks for everything you have done here to build this site into what it is today.
Elite access and $1 per download.
50/50 with the author. Doesn't really make any money but helps toward the site upkeep and a half decent contribution might even earn minimum wage - oh and nobody could really complain about $1.
Mike, I'm still gaining trading and programming experience and futures.io (formerly BMT) has helped me in that regard. The ideas that one finds in the professionally written scripts on this site go a long way in getting someone interested in learning moving in the right direction. One day I hope to contribute a quality indicator of my own.
I agree with you that making access too easy brings a lot of trouble makers on the site. However, access is what got me to see the greatness of this site. I've been a member for a short time and see how dedicated the elite members are to making this site what is today. I would say do what you have to do in making this a trouble free experience for your elite members.