What I said was my own opinion, not airliners.net's confirmed direction - official policy on such matters comes only from Johan. Please don't allow your thinking to be influenced by my thoughts on the future.
Non the less, all of us who contribute to this site want, in effect, a place to host our images on the web where those images can be seen and maybe (hopefully in some cases) purchased - why else do we do this? I fundamentally believe that such hosting will sooner or later have to be paid for, be that through direct payment to whoever is providing the webspace and bandwidth, be it through the hosting service making a margin on sales, or be it through charging users a subscription. In all but a very few cases, even now the advertising model nolonger sustains large websites - its the same in TV in the UK, one channel makes its revenue from advertising (and profit on sales of productions to other companies), the rest are subscription or pay-to-use based in one form or another, and that model extends to pretty much all businesses in any line.
If (and I have no inside information that points either way) a.net ultimately has to raise revenue and that has to come from photographers in one form or another, then we clearly all have to make a decision as to whether we support that approach or whether we'd be "better off" going elsewhere - but even our own websites will cost us, one way or another, either through ISP subsrciptions, hosting, or whatever.
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There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old bold pilots