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    Members and Contributors

    OK, this is a rant-

    SMC continually provides great, knowledgeable information, discussions and some humor. I don't understand why everyone who participates on this site, asks questions, posts or responds is not a Contributor. There are individuals here who have been Members for many years and have posted hundreds, some thousands, of times and still have not chosen to financially support this fantastic site. What are you waiting for? The minimum buy in is only $6.00, an unbelievable bargain for sure, many of us choose to contribute significantly more. Pony up folks!

    Neither Keith nor anyone connected with SMC knows I am posting this and may choose to delete this. It is my personal opinion only.
    Last edited by Bill McNiel; 12-12-2017 at 7:59 PM.

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    I can pose for a woodworking themed nude contributors' only calendar shoot if it helps. We just need 11 more.
    Last edited by andrew whicker; 12-12-2017 at 12:10 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill McNiel View Post
    OK, this is a rant-

    SMC continually provides great, knowledgeable information, discussions and some humor. I don't understand why everyone who participates on this site, asks questions, posts or responds is not a Contributor. There are individuals here who have been Members for many years and have posted hundreds, some thousands, of times and still have not chosen to financially support this fantastic site. What are you waiting for? The minimum buy in is only $6.00, an unbelievable bargain for sure, many of us choose to contribute significantly more. Pony up folks!

    Neither Keith nor anyone connected with SMC knows I am posting this and may choose to delete this. It is my personal opinion only.
    Well you really have not thought this out. I have been a contributor for more years then you have been a member. I was donating back when a bunch of guys just started asking for donations on our own, before PayPal, had to send a check. So you need to get off your high horse rather than trying to belittle folks
    In my case my health took a sudden downturn about a year and a half ago. I am now having to pay for about all work that needs done around my house, even mowing the lawn. My medicare does not cover all my expenses and my part D does not cover all my cost. I am still just trying to figure out how much I need to live on.
    There is nothing wrong with asking or reminding people about the added benefits of becoming a contributor It's just I take offense at your attempt at shaming me because I have not donated for the past year and a half.
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    a. I swore off membership of anything after 30 years of church, the consequences of which I still have to deal with daily.
    b. I never do transactions on line - I would rather go without. It hasn't killed me yet.
    c. I'm here to offer wood working knowledge for free, not for what I can get. I don't have any apprentices to train anymore and have no-one else especially interested in what I know so I picked this forum.
    It's a tough life. Cheers
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    No doubt, you mean well.

    If SMC wants everyone to be a contributor, simply make the site for paid-up members only.

    Simon

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    Wow. I contribute because I have found this site to be very helpful, and at this point in my life I can afford to make a small monetary contribution.

    I receive much more knowledge here than I add, and thus am happy to throw something into the collection plate.

    I notice and appreciate the regular posters who add so much to this community. If they’re not “contributors,” I’m not bothered in the least; their time and knowledge IS their contribution. I am, however, bothered a bit by those who post only to be contrary, or to quibble over little details.
    Last edited by Mike Trent; 12-12-2017 at 1:17 AM.

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    Ya know, I just don't understand it either.
    For 6 little dollars a year, people can get access to the SMC Lear Jet, the SMC Loge seating @ the Super Bowl & World Series & NBA Playoffs, 50 yard line seats @ The Rose Bowl, and the SMC private beach & beach house in Tahiti....

    Which reminds me....Keith, if you poke your head in here - - I need the Lear jet in Feb for my birthday...
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    Quote Originally Posted by andrew whicker View Post
    I can pose for a woodworking themed nude contributors' only calendar shoot if it helps. We just need 11 more.
    Make it ten 'cause I am IN!
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    I contribute because I went back and read an ancient thread describing how SMC nearly had to shut down when Keith's ISP was having a tough go of it. Decided that for me personally, $10 per year was worth it to keep SMC up and running. My view doesn't mean everyone else has to agree though.

    Have a good day folks.
    Fred

    Edit: I'm in for the calendar too. Now we only need 9 more!
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    Quote Originally Posted by andrew whicker View Post
    I can pose for a woodworking themed nude contributors' only calendar shoot if it helps. We just need 11 more.
    Yikes, with that mental image I'm scarred for life. Tell you what, if you don't make the calendar I'll double my monthly contribution.

    If I just browsed the forum on occasion I might not feel the desire to contribute but I've gotten so much out of it that for me, contributing is just the right thing to do. I'd hate to try to log in one day and discover the an "out of business" sign from lack of funds. Yikes.

    JKJ

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    I can't figure out how the word about the SMC jet got out. That's for mods only. Same with the yacht.
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    I just heard about a 6 year old kid somewhere who has a you tube channel doing reviews of new toys and he is making $11 million this year. Its time that SMC start reaping the benefit of all the 'free' tool reviews that everyone does here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat Barry View Post
    I just heard about a 6 year old kid somewhere who has a you tube channel doing reviews of new toys and he is making $11 million this year. Its time that SMC start reaping the benefit of all the 'free' tool reviews that everyone does here.
    Or, as Fine Woodworking does, create a premium content section in SMC for paid-up members (or contributors as they are known here).

    Simon

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    I think if we are able to monetize the "Please, for the love of God, don't put out that calendar" campaign we will have all the money we could ever need.
    Chuck

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    Rich can we share the Jet. my Bdays in Feb too


    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Engelhardt View Post
    Ya know, I just don't understand it either.
    For 6 little dollars a year, people can get access to the SMC Lear Jet, the SMC Loge seating @ the Super Bowl & World Series & NBA Playoffs, 50 yard line seats @ The Rose Bowl, and the SMC private beach & beach house in Tahiti....

    Which reminds me....Keith, if you poke your head in here - - I need the Lear jet in Feb for my birthday...
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