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  • Shucks
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    (^ previous post edited...)

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  • Faust
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    They see thread titles, so they know what we are discussing. I initially was hoping to just turn off images, but I can't find that option.

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  • Shucks
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    i know, but if you're gonna fuck me then i want dinner and a movie first.

    so i still say let the sz community know who you sign up and sell access to content to - just to keep things on the up and up! honesty like that is better and much more easy to accept for members (i should think) than finding out afterwards that GAP or somebody are paying you money for access to the forum...

    as for new recruits, i just mean that they maybe won't see much/any content before registering, thus maybe decreasing their initial desire to register to see the content? but then again, maybe the good ones make the effort to find out, just like they've made the effort to discover alternatives to mainstream fashion industry in other respects. it was just a thought...

    lastly, not to rain on the parade, but since i deal with IP issues in my job, it struck me that you may find that intellectual property such as copyrighted texts and images (and what actually constitutes such) published on the site may become an important issue. if sz becomes more of a commercial enterprise, original rights-owners may kick up a fuss about getting paid for content published (without their permission) on sz. when someone starts making money, others crawl out of the woodwork to get a slice of the pie. perhaps you may want to check with a lawyer so you avoid any potential snags there... (and i'm only bringing this up to try to help!)
    Last edited by Shucks; 01-28-2011, 07:42 AM.

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  • Faust
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    Dude, everyone is using you - from Banana Republic, to Chanel, to XXX. But I don't think it's necessarily the best way to look at it - we use other sources too. I don't want to be too precious with the forum - that stop the flow and exchange of information, but I do want fashion professionals who mine this site for data, trends, etc. - and there are a ton, to start paying. As for regular people - I don't see how having to register would turn them away from the forums.

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  • Shucks
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    definitely appreciate the work to stop excessive external commercial exploitation of sz (i take it that's the point, rather than making $ from selling content to promostyl and all saints...). things such as antonioli linking to sz threads in their marketing really pisses me off. i'm definitely not here to provide them with free marketing insight or selling points.

    one caveat - is there a risk that the (necessary?) natural inflow of new members may be affected too much? i mean, there needs to be some sort of way for good future members to understand that this is a place worth registering for. for me, being able to see the vibrant and lively discussions taking place here was part of the attraction that made me first lurk and then join. not saying there won't be enough incentive left or that too few will find sz - i'm just saying it might be worth keeping an eye on...

    lastly, for transparency reasons, i for one would very much appreciate if sz actually continuosly discloses if and which memberships are sold to professionals/companies. i wanna know who is using me....

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  • lowrey
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    being registered helps to follow threads as well, even if you don't post. but I suppose those accounts with zero post and no logins for a year or whatever could be removed? then again I don't know if these really have a big impact on the database size or anything.

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  • Faust
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    A lot of people lurk in order to read and also to buy things, so this probably would not be a good idea.

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  • Ivans On High
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    only $10,000?

    The no pictures rule was a nice touch too.

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  • Faust
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    I think you'll get a kick out of the new registration rules text.

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  • Fade to Black
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    with all due respect to all viewing the site, it's not an unreasonable change. The forum is feeling a bit cluttered at times...

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  • Shucks
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    Curious to know what lies behind this pretty substantial change. Please elucidate. (Not saying it's a bad thing...)

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  • Faust
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    The forums contents have now been disabled for all unregistered users. You will now have to register to view the forums, and all new registrants will have to be approved.

    Newly registered fashion professionals will have to pay an annual fee for forum access. Registration is free for everyone else.

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  • philip nod
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    yeah, subforum, that's what I meant /\

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  • Faust
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    I suppose he means that the seller can contact the WTB person privately. But probably happens anyway. But each member cannot have their own pinned thread. What I can do is make WTB a subforum of the classifieds.

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  • Chant
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    Originally posted by Fry Chicken View Post
    Good idea, but it'll open the door to <100 posts sellers, and probably to scammers...
    It's about a WTB thread. Everyboy can post a WTB, sellers only need 100 posts.

    EDIT : Sorry, my mistake.
    Last edited by Chant; 10-10-2010, 04:27 PM.

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