Dear, generous, Hanuman, and fellow Orchidians,
I’m not a fan of advertising. I know that it is a matter of pride
that Ganoksin.com is free. However, as we say here in the states,
“there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” What were your thoughts
about charging for membership?
My first thoughts were that the charge could be an annual, prorated,
suggested fee, and honor-based. Perhaps we could suggest that all
members register and then, after three months, they would receive a
message asking for the membership fee. Perhaps the proration could be
determined as a percentage of income? 1% or 1 tenth of 1 percent? An
automatic, small monthly charge to the members charge card, if they
Just some thoughts, early in the morning.
Christine, in looks like sunny but I know it’s darn cold, Littleton,
** Hanuman’s Response **
Dear Christine; Thank you for your post, Actually I got many private
posts suggesting charging some kind of yearly fees to support the
Ganoksin Project. I am afraid that this kind of action, although
reasonable is against the Ganoksin Project concept. We are here to
serve the needs of the worlds jewelers, to educate, make
life easier, improve working conditions and facilitate sharing between
goldsmiths globally. To improve access to in order to
improve the productivity, safety, skills and education of the
jewelers, professionals and hobbyists who need To harness
’world-mind’ regarding jewelers problems and issues in the form of the
Orchid list and its archive.
All FREE of charge and open to the public.
The costs of running the project are extremely high (Currently over
2,000 US$ per month). There is no Organization or Company supporting
the project, there is no team of programmers or support team, I am
doing all the work by myself, working a full time job as an employee
to cover the running costs of the project. I choose the way of
offering advertizing services in order to keep the mission idea.
Thanks for understanding