Firstly, this is not a rant about SP411. I have no first hand knowledge and am not aware of the inner workings of the site. Secondly, my personal needs or rather desires in reading the forum have lately been coming up very short and unsatisfactory.
I am clearly a rather newly approved person but not new to this site or other sites to remain nameless. Before approval, I contributed through PM's wherever I could add something to the general knowledge. Since then, I contribute when I can be helpful.
While I do understand the needs a business requires to sustain itself (that being profit), I have become somewhat put-off by what I see happening. A person was trying to get a Gang Bang (something I am not into) rolling, and immediately "Big Brother" (or Sister) entered the thread and made a comment how rather than trying to get a GB going that included a woman that was not an advertiser, that person would be better served paying the woman's advertising fee, and then the thread was closed period.
Clearly this a YMMV thing and every person is entitled to do what is comfortable (or lucrative) for them. However, what is evident to me in my short time here is that I am seeing fewer and fewer of the reviews from the various reviewers in the past that contributed and I am seeing more and more closed threads then ever before.
While the people in charge should be commended for how they cleaned up what was morphing into what could be described as the 'wild west', it seems that the end result of this clean-up is also the loss of some, if not many, of the fair and honest contributors of the past. I actually have no proof of this 'fair and honest' statement other than when a person I was acquainted with was reviewed, the review was very much what I had experienced as well.
The fact that a person here was trying to get some fellow hobbiests together for a GB is no reason to close the thread because a 'non advertiser's' name was mentioned. Personally, on this particular issue, I really don't care, but what happened and what is happening (or not happening) is more at issue.
The owners of this site have probably set up their business model and believe that the end result of the draconian measures that they are taking will result in a profitable business. Maybe so. However, there is at least one other possibility and that is that the draconian measures that are taken could end up with the valued and free contributors stopping their contributions (which has already taken place) and result in their leaving in droves (which may actually be taking place). Should this happen, would it be worth my advertising dollars (if I was a SP) to advertise here?
Aside from the banner ad at the top of the forum page, I personally have never seen any supposed ads from the advertisers. There may be a page for that, but who looks ..... I haven't as yet. So what do I get for my bucks as an advertiser? I guess all I get is that my name can be mentioned to what may end up being fewer and fewer times and/or reviews. Is that called a depreciating return on my investment?
My stats for this encounter:
Appearance: 9/10 (site looks good visually)
Value: 5/10 (looks like diminishing returns to me)
Satisfaction: 4/10 (lately nothing here is satisfying)
Price: 10/10 (since it is free)
Repeat: yes, if only to see if the business plan actually works or will there be wholesale changes)