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The Long Ranger

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The Long Ranger Registered since 25th Aug 2007
Tue 20-Jan-09 02:01 AM

Hi to all fellow and beloved Nikonians...

To me, this website and everything it represents means all the world. So, it was with great concern I read a post at the Nikon Cafe' which more than troubling me, has made me sick. I'll share it with you now...

End for Nikonians? Good for Nikoncafe?

Nikonians is effectively ending it's free membership, starting jan 12th limiting free membership to 25 days, then making people pay $25/year for membership.

They claim right now that they have about 9,000 paying members, and that only covers 13% of their costs (which means they are burning around 2 million dollars a year!).

I would expect the vast majority of the non-paying members (of which there are 143,000) to leave Nikonians, which will almost certainly make Nikonians less attractive, and should be a boost for other great sites like NikonCafe.

I've posted a blog entry on my site here with more details:

http://www.dentonimages.com/page.php...ws011009090724

So, is this a good move by Nikonians? or is this the end for them?
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Steve Denton
http://www.dentonimages.com

And, so, I'm wondering... Is this the end? God forbid it is as I'd be MORE than willing to send in an additional amount if it meant we could keep things going just as I'd hope many of you would, too. There's no other site I know of that brings anywhere near as much to us...the lovers and users of Nikon equipment than the Nikonians does, and if necessary, I think we all need to be very concerned.

I guess we'll just have to see what's happening and then proceed from there as we might, can and should. Please forgive my posting this here as I just wanted it to be seen by many along with the understanding it could well be moved, deleted, or whatever by the moderators. In the meantime, best wishes to all, and especially to the two founders who've made all this possible.

Dick
The Long Ranger
A Telephoto Lovin' Nikonian

"There are none so blind as those who would not see..."

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