I am only going to say that it is your site, and in the end you should do what makes you happy.. second, I am not sure what is so secret or special about the elite section, I mean.. I contributed $$$ mainly because I felt it was the right thing to do, but not really for the "indicators"... there really isnt anything novel other than Gomi stuff... that in itself is worth something IMO... but the rest, just noise and different ways to see the same data for the most part. IMO as well, when someone posts code on this site, they are in fact reliquishing their intelectual property rights, so there should be no expectation to the contrary.
It all comes down to this.... what do you feel that you want to do? whatever that is, just do it and move on...
I like to read and learn. I believe the people who have shared their code did so to share. I like it here but do I have to post to enjoy this site? Do what you will but I think you will push many others away. Thank you Bob for all you do I'm very greatful.
Once you start to exclude people & then members & then the membership will drop. (or should)
The members that share their tips & tricks do so to help the community and those that it is what makes this forum different from all the others out there.
Generally, someone who is serious about trading and has the means to even be capable of it can pay 50 bucks to access content. Its an unfortunate series of events that some people have no principals and steal content for their own scam-websites. It makes it easier for these assholes that run these illicit enterprises to gain credibility that they don't deserve. This being the case, I see no reason why it should be totally free to download indicators in light of what it actually prevents. A scam-artist will think twice before they actually pay for access. Furthermore, at least it makes a potential trader contemplate whether or not they are devoted enough to spend the money on access and to "put-their-money-where-their-mouth-is" so to speak. Your member fees are lower than other forums (such as Forex-TSD), and you guys tend to be more helpful and knowledgeable. I'm for it, and I will prove it by paying for it.
Big Mike I must say nicko is right and to the point. BTW when it comes to business you don't ask your customers what they wont you’re never going to make your decision by what we won’t. But since you ask my opinion place a “donate” button because I am the kind of internet user that likes free staff but if I’ am helped somewhere I always donate something.
I haven't posted because I haven't felt as if I know enough to ask an intelligent question or to contribute. I joined to learn. Although I have not had the opportunity to spend as much time as I would like on this site, I do like it over others primarily because the members spend their time with constructive comments rather than insulting / abusive comments I've seen elsewhere.
I don't have a problem with being required to be Elite to download any files (I did pay to be an Elite member). And I'm afraid any posting requirement would result in comments / questions that are duplicative of others and not well thought out.
Thanks to you Bob for all the good work, and to all the members for contributing to a quality site.
Nicko's post is almost unreadable. They don't sell anything here, as most of it is free. Since many unscrupulous people exist who take credit for others efforts, I believe they should limit access some way. The easiest way to do so is to charge some subscription fee. You probably bought a 50 dollar meal last week. Even poor people can afford a 50 dollar meal once a month or so, I know this as I have been there before I got myself an education and good job. 50 bucks for a lifetime membership is nothing when you consider the fact that you can just not eat out once or twice this month.
Big Mike - Thanks for all your hard work with this site - it is invaluable for many of us. I'm surprised it took so long for this to become a problem.
I believe Elite-only download is a viable solution and even a higher priced Elite would not upset me. The idea that all Net-based information should be free is self serving BS and your members know that.
You're doing the right thing polling the membership but I recommend you give special weight to the thoughts of the major contributors like Fat Tails et al.
My vote; make it Elite only downloads files
In other words, make it a paid for site in terms of access to the downloads
Some will definitely not like it but you have good reasons.
Make the reasons known and rename Elite to Download Priviledge.
The post minimum will be onerous to some of us definitely, so the cash trade is best.