We have recently been thinking about introducing a new level of membership, and I had better say right from the off a paid membership. The figure we had in mind would be £6.00 per quarter/£24.00 per year or slightly less than 50P a week.
Now in answer to the eternal "what's in it for me?" question, I will try and explain the thinking behind it. First of all members would have some sort of star or button against their name a bit like the trade member button, that must be worth the money alone! There will be an area of the site that will be available to them only, their PM inbox capacity will be expanded, and any other little things of this nature that we can come up with and are physically possible IT wise.
Part of the money will also go to our bursary fund, the future of stalking rests with newcomers and they now more than ever need qualifications.
Oh and did I mention there will be giveaway prizes. It is hoped that we can buy the prizes from our trade members thereby causing a sort of money-go-round, members pay their dues, we buy prizes from the trade members, they pay their trade membership and the site carries on. Now obviously what these prizes will be would depend on the number of the new level members, we were toying with the title "Premium member", the more members the more money in the pot, the more benefits all around.
The amount of interest this raises will of course decide the fate of this project, as it will take a fair bit of IT and Admin work to set it up.
So what do you think?