People are used to free content on the internet, unless like Jeff, you use those pay donkey porn websites.
The model that is trying to be realised here is far from free. For the future of the site, we need to get our heads around that.
There was some chatter about the usefulness of EC results… It honestly flummoxes me that people don’t get this bit?! Sure we are not ‘there’ and it’s not perfect by a long shot, but I sure as hell haven’t heard a single soul mention a better idea, never mind putting their money where there mouths are and starting an alternative up.
The more data points we amass, the clearer idea we have of a vendor and their priorities. This only comes with time and a active membership base regularly sending off multiple samples.
The whole project is an expensive one!
In my opinion it comes down to quite a simple question really, a question I am sure DNSTARS and I would disagree on as he is far more diplomatic and inclusive than I.
The question is what do you want?
Do you want a place to shoot the shit with like minded folk, share experiences about issues and products we have similar interests in and generally have a cool place to hang out.
Or do you want the above that actually comes under the encompassing mission of highlighting the very real Harm current government policy is having upon adults making informed choices about what they wish to do to their own bodies. Do you want to ba part of a community that isn’t satisfied with talking the talk and are genuinely interested in actively trying to enact change. A community that wants to educate and inform, a community that is attempting to use scientific data as one form of gaining a better understanding of what is contained in the illegal substances injested, hopefully helping users directly to reduce harm and putting indirect pressure on suppliers.
I know why I joined this movement. I was 14 a long long long time ago and happy to throw anything I could find down my neck. I’ve lost a lot of good friends and family along the way and I’m passionate about trying to make this aspect of the world safer for the youngsters growing up. Just say no isn’t good enough and is doing serious harm and causing death unnecessarily.
It’s not a cheap gig. DNSTARS has given his whole to make this work so far. I’ve tried to support this in every way I can. If paying a subscription helps, I’m all for it. I don’t think for a second DNSTARS would keep the data from the general public, I do see the need to fund that data.
Personally I see the need for this place to turn a profit too. I think admin should be a salaried position. I think adim should be in the financial position to buy in the tech support needed to ensure this place is secure. I think the possibilities are endless if we can start to secure legitimate revenue streams for this project…