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So make up your mind. Are the key, hub, and subscription systems some of BYOND's most useful features, or does it make sense to skip them entirely?
It's true that people can gain subscribers by advertising off BYOND-- and I've been telling people to do that from day 1. However, that doesn't mean that the hub isn't worth something. IMO, there's a lot of value in being able to put up a game and get some feedback without having to do the legwork. Whether that value is worth $24/year or whatever is your decision.
If we can't make money through Memberships, we'll have to look to other ways to sustain ourselves. The web/Flash client presents opportunities of doing so (for instance, we could charge a fee for offsite distribution of games, or enforce a sub cut for such things). In my mind, I'd prefer to give developers and players as much as possible and not have to put these kinds of restrictions in-- but that model only works if we can get a certain volume of users contributing the bare minimum (what I'd call a BYOND Membership) to keep us going.
Haha, we did that for one of our earlier iterations and the users we queried were somewhat divided. My opinion was that it added much needed color but kind of made the page look too cartoony (removing animated images would help); Lummox JR, on the other hand, liked it more than the current one. I hadn't even considered the reason you would prefer it, though. We can always try it out and take a poll here.
Overall things are good, it's just minor things here and there. They really stick out to me because I'm a layout/design/interface-aholic.
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