Should Composers' Forum Continue?

Hello Colleagues,

Composers' Forum has been around about 12 years and it's now time to consider if it should continue. There are many boards and web sites out there, plus reddit, plus facebook, so there are plenty of places composers can go to to have discussions with each other. Many of these sites offer free membership, as does Composers' Forum. But Composers' Forum is not free to the admins who run it - it costs $599 a year to keep going. Admins have been paying this cost since the site began, out of a love for music composition. We've asked the members to voluntarily contribute each year to help pay for the site, with limited success, amounting to at best about 10% of this cost. So this year is a decision year - it's now up to you, the members, to decide if this site has had its time and should close down or continue if you would be willing to help pay to keep it going. I'm hosting this discussion so you can share any thoughts you have on this. The site license is up for renewal at the end of October, I will make a decision whether or not to renew it sometime in September, in part, based on anything that comes from this discussion - 

Gav Brown
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  • I might get a bit of grief for this, but I would definitely suggest a cheaper server... I just bought a whole package for a company I'm starting next year and it's only $0.50 a month. I'm not well versed in technology to really understand why Ning is good, but personally I find this forum really ugly, albeit practical... Although this is completely irrelevant, but considering the amount of active members I would certainly consider a cheaper option.

  • I would not mind ads which are germane to the music technology industry. They would even be useful, alerting us to something we might actually want. Of course, that then gets into the ad-blocker issue. Anyone with even a touch of ADD has a hard time staying focused when things keep popping up on the side, especially if they are animated. I run an ad-blocker, as I find that just getting older seems to bring on a kind of ADD. So, you're reading something on the forum, and suddenly an annoying windows comes up, with a plea to turn off your ad-blocker. So we need to understand how that will change the user experience.

    And as for going to another venue, I thought we had dismissed this idea. If we go to that "boards' place, we will be just another aesthetically unappealing forum vying for attention. Yes there are other more attractive platforms, but I just don't see how it would improve things, other than removing the cost factor. But the money is worth it, it makes this place unique, as well as providing continuity and familiarity. We have survived this long, I'm sure we will continue to keep it going.

  • Well the difference would be that at $0.50 a month I could pay for it on my own... Ha! I wholeheartedly agree with ADD syndrome, one pop-up to disable your ad block should be the ONLY pop-up ever allowed. Once the site is whitelisted you'll never see it again.

    michael diemer said:

    I would not mind ads which are germane to the music technology industry. They would even be useful, alerting us to something we might actually want. Of course, that then gets into the ad-blocker issue. Anyone with even a touch of ADD has a hard time staying focused when things keep popping up on the side, especially if they are animated. I run an ad-blocker, as I find that just getting older seems to bring on a kind of ADD. So, you're reading something on the forum, and suddenly an annoying windows comes up, with a plea to turn off your ad-blocker. So we need to understand how that will change the user experience.

    And as for going to another venue, I thought we had dismissed this idea. If we go to that "boards' place, we will be just another aesthetically unappealing forum vying for attention. Yes there are other more attractive platforms, but I just don't see how it would improve things, other than removing the cost factor. But the money is worth it, it makes this place unique, as well as providing continuity and familiarity. We have survived this long, I'm sure we will continue to keep it going.

    Should Composers' Forum Continue?
    Hello Colleagues, Composers' Forum has been around about 12 years and it's now time to consider if it should continue. There are many boards and web…
  • I would definitely like this site to continue. If so, I would gladly contribute a membership fee.

  • CF is an excellent site that is excellently run and I'd hate to lose it. I've donated in the past and will do so again...just say when Gav....(and if necessary don't be afraid to set a minimum amount). Also, if it's not going to rock the boat too much, I think a small annual membership fee wouldn't be too much to ask for.

    $600 by the end of October is achievable I'm sure, it only needs 60 of us to donate $10 each! In future an annual  'accumulator' showing how the fund is growing month by month would be useful and will give us all a fair idea of how much is needed from each of us and when. I know this has been done unsuccessfully in the past but it's what spurred me on to donate on the spot when I saw how little was being given.

  • Now! I would ask new or occasional members to consider $10, long time members to consider more. Running total: 2 members have already contributed $40 based on this thread. Donate link is on the menu at the top

    Stephen Lines said:

    I've donated in the past and will do so again...just say when Gav...

    Should Composers' Forum Continue?
    Hello Colleagues, Composers' Forum has been around about 12 years and it's now time to consider if it should continue. There are many boards and web…
  • Done!

  • Thanks Steven! We had another donor too, the running total is now $90
  • I just donated also !

  • Thanks Norbert! Running total is now $190!
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