ive been on a few different cat forums, and none of them really felt like "home" to me til this one. i think tis a nice balance of moderation, but also letting people debate. its a fine line sometimes. if you never allow any disagreements it can get pretty boring and...gah can't think of the phrase. hopefully you know what i mean. on the other hand, without the right amount of moderation, things can get really ugly - ive seen it on other boards. i think this board has the perfect balance.
i don't buy a premium membership because i think 60 dollars is a lot of money for one year, and i can't see what i'd actually be spending the 60 FOR. i don't mean that in a negative way at all - love this place and the people here, but i'm just being honest. 60 is a lot for a year membership at a forum. if it were 20 dollars i would definately join..if it were 30 i'd probably think bout it for a bit, and then join. but i think 60 is too much.
perhaps you could have different levels of premium memberships? there must be others like me who'd be willing to pay 20 or 30 but no more. it could be a graduated system of "perks" for the different levels. free accounts get 50 pms, 20 dollar accounts get 150, 30 dollar accounts get 300, 60 dollar accounts get 500... ect ect. and of course, a scale like that with the other premium benefits as well.
as a vbulletin admin, i run two boards myself and really enjoy making custom vbulletin styles.. i'd love to make a style for this board - not for profit, just to be able to use on the board and see other members use. maybe a style making competition? tho i dont know if anyone else here knows how to make vb styles - if not it would be kind of pointless to have a contest, i suppose :p
i dont see myself leaving here anytime soon. i like the people here. i've learned a lot here.. always thought of myself as someone who knew a lot about cats, but i found out that i didn't know quite as much as i thought i did :p i came here during a cat crisis and peoples advice helped a lot.
i love the pictures forum
ETA: when VB 3.6 comes out, i would love to see you guys upgrade to the latest version. it's got lots of great features, including multi-quote, which allows you to quote multiple people at the same time..just go thru a thread, click a box next to each post you'd like to quote, then when you hit reply, each post is neatly quoted in the reply box already for you to respond to. so convenient in busy threads when you want to reply to like, five people...