Moderators From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 503 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8766 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW FORUM MODERATOR
Changes in the operating procedures on Airliners.net
Due to the World economic recession and the associated reduction in advertising revenue which is hurting us badly, it has been necessary to change some operating procedures on http://www.airliners.net
Starting May 1st, each accepted upload will need to be paid for in the sum of US$0.10 and to accommodate this, all members will be required to set up a PayPal account. Discounts will be available for bulk uploads so that for US$5.00 you will be allowed to have 75 images accepted. We are working on setting up the exact pricing scheme - we will make this available next week when we will also be giving out some more details on how the new system will work. All upload limits will be removed for all members so you can upload as much as you want!
A 25% discount will be made available to those with First Class or Premium membership and Photo Sales, which are soon to be resumed, may be used for photo upload fees at twice their face-value rate.
In addition, we will be introducing a Premium Photography Membership or "First Class Photographer". For a one-time fee of $25 you will get personal rejection help and your pictures will be screened as part of a seperate and faster queue. Each of you will have a screener assigned to you who will always be available to answer your questions in detail. Regular photographers will have to wait a little longer for their photos to be screened and will most likely not receive any personal messages anymore. We hope you understand that our screener's time is limited and we need to prioritize, which means giving our time to paying members first.
We realize this change may not sit well with some of you but hope that most of you will understand the need for it in these difficult times and we hope to revert to the previous operating basis as soon as economic conditions allow. Understand that we needed to do this, as the site may not have survived otherwise.
If anyone has thoughts, questions, etc. please don't hesitate to post them here.
The Airliners.net Crew
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Stil From Spain, joined Apr 2006, 345 posts, RR: 7 Reply 10, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8617 times:
If it's a joke, it's of a bad taste; having in mind this is a worldwide site, and here comes people from very different cultures and doesn't know anything about 1st of April. What if everyone play jokes on his own fool's day? It'll be OK for me, as in Spain is Dec 28th and i'll laugh last...
Michlis From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 737 posts, RR: 3 Reply 13, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8529 times:
On first blush it would make anyone's blood boil, but if you read it more carefully you can see how ridiculous it is: unlimited uploads for all members, personal screeners for paying members...uh huh...nice try guys and gals.
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the outcome of a hundred battles.
Conoramoia From Ireland, joined Oct 2007, 498 posts, RR: 2 Reply 19, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 8313 times:
If this is not a joke I'll be quite annoyed!
I'm only fifteen and won't be allowed upload photos for a price as my parents will not allow it.
Even though I have only one photo uploaded I was hoping to get more this coming summer.
Recession or not people do not pay to have their photos uploaded....this will lead them to other major sites,
maybe the the negative outcome should be taught of first.
JohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1642 posts, RR: 3 Reply 21, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 8217 times:
As noted before, this idea isn't going to generate a lot of cash for Airliners.net. A better approach would be to charge some sum for each view a photographer gets - perhaps apply a .01 charge for each view vs. .10 for each photo uploaded. That way, a photo reaching 1000 views would cost the photog $10 - a small price to pay for decent exposure. You'd be a little out of luck should you get the top of the day with 25,000 hits or so - but hey, it's worth some serious money to get top of the day, isn't it?