I wanted to bring up the recent changes when it comes to memberships for AO. I completely understand that you guys want money, and that these times are hard for you and everyone. However, it really does not feel pleasant if I get a popup asking me to help out with the site, literally after submitting a spot or making an edit.
I think that there are more ways to contribute besides in a monetary way, but the way that it is set up right now really feels like you guys do not agree.
From what I can see, a membership is less ads (including the popup) and discounts on trips. Do you think that there could be some kind of light membership that at least kills the pop-up for people who submit places? (Or get them accepted)
You could give a month per place or give a certain time if they hit a certain mark. 10,50,100 etc. I think that this would help the people who spend time submitting articles to the site feel more appreciated and incite people to submit places. Which would be a win-win I think.
The discounts on trips are nice, but I don’t think that you would have to offer them in this case. I doubt that anyone submitting here is in it for the perks.