Do you know what? I have paid the yearly subscription and after reading through this thread I have no idea EXACTLY what I have paid for. Maybe points 1,2 & 4 you mention in your post but I am not entirely sure. I just supposed that there was a strong possibility that the forum might close due to lack of funding. A yearly fee of £24 to help secure it's future seemed relatively cheap. I aren't remotely interested in meets, bumbles or fish in's. I have always preferred to fish alone or with just one companion. I can take or leave catch reports, unless they contain some well written words to enhance them. To me, a picture of a fish is just another picture of a fish, the internet is awash with them. I doubt that I will use the classifieds. Definitely won't participate in the competitions, I don't see fishing as a competitive pastime. Sure, I like to catch and do my upmost to do so but that's where it ends.
What I am sure of is that this forum is generally one of the friendliest that I have participated in. Sure, there are disagreements from time to time but it's perfectly possible to exchange points of view without the bad manners and aggressiveness exhibited on other forums and Facebook. Not hiding behind aliases is a big part of that in my opinion. The quality of the post's themselves are generally of a high standard, certainly not the "my rod's bigger than yours..p.m.s.l." type of drivel commonly found online, particularly so on one of the largest sea fishing forums I also frequent. Coming here is equivalent to a breath of fresh air.
As I have mentioned previously, the lack of aggressive marketing of fishing tackle is also welcome. Most of the sponsored anglers have started their own blogs, Facebook pages etc and left here. Good riddance as far as I am concerned. Why is it beyond them to write about anything lure fishing related without name checking every damn thing?
I don't know wether this forum will end up being exclusive to paying members, my heart hopes that it will, my head tells me that not enough people will go with this to make it a viable option. Whatever the future of the forum, I don't mind a small contribution to ensure it's survival, in whatever form.
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