I was a bit miffed that, upon trying to comment in a thread I had been using before, I was suddenly denied access and held to ransom if I wanted to continue using the site as before....
...then I thought, you tight g!t (I hope this is not too offensive) it's only £15 for the 'almost everything' membership, and I do get some very useful information out of this site and enjoy many of the topics. In addition, if it contributes to the continuing success of AO I am all for it - I can appreciate that with the size the site is growing, the amount and cost of server space could be escalating quite markedly.
I will also say, that with some of the new OTT T&C's I am now a bit paranoid about posting anything incase I offend/swear/don't fully offer a water tight legal argument with documented footage and evidence everytime I JOKINGLY poke a bit of fun or mention Halfrauds or some such (who I also in other posts will recommend where I have had good experience, but don't need evidence of that strangely enough
). This has left me personally in the situation of finding it a little harder to contribute for fear of banning because as others have mentioned, it is not necessarily a totally fair decision due to the people making the decision - although I can certainly live with this and will happily continue to use the site
as I appreciate the vast amount of work it must take from the dedicated admin on here
I also feel that with the way the new membership is displayed i.e. Primerio (we're the best) and Medio (mediocre) that any one who doesn't BUY the premierioso is actually inferior and not a proper member of the club in the club (yes, I have inferiority issues
- note to self, buy the biggest, reddest, fastest car I can afford to act as an extension to.. ahem)
I hope the site continues to be as open and friendly as it did when I joined. I wouldn't want new members to be put off before they can join - I suppose the new member stats will quickly show this and may be a bit or a rethink would be needed. I trust the owners/admin to take this into account and they have probably thought of it any way.
Keep surfing dudes
A.O. surfing that is