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Old 12-08-2009, 09:23 PM   #1
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I logged into HBT just 3 minutes or so ago, and saw that I had a private message. "Ohh" my mind went, wondering what it could be. Well, TxBrew sent me a message saying that until next Monday a year membership will be just $20.

Well, I have been thinking about getting a membership for awhile, you know, just to give back to the community here. The only problem is my extreme frugality. 20 bucks isn't really that much, but it is a full batch of beer.

So this got me thinking. What are the benefits of being a member?

Giving back to HBT is clearly number one
More Private message space (doesn't really affect me)
A picture to the left (which is actually pretty cool)
No ads
Gallery space

What do you think? Should I do it? Are you going to do it? Have you done it?

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Old 12-08-2009, 09:25 PM   #2
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I am happy being a member here. I use the site so much it seemed silly to me not to join. Plus I use a crap ton of gallery space.

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Old 12-08-2009, 09:25 PM   #3
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Pondering too.....

Access to politics and religeon forum would be good for me, but bad for everyone else there.

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Old 12-08-2009, 09:40 PM   #4
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To me it's not really what I can gain so much as what I HAVE gained. This is what makes me pay for a membership. I think it's well worth the money to give back to a community that has helped me out countless times. If I wasn't so cheap I would shell out for a lifetime membership.
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:41 PM   #5
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After I'd used the site for a few months, and knew I was getting good information, I decided I would probably be staying here long term. At that point, it just seemed right to support the place. I do like having a picture though!
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. - C. S. Lewis, English essayist & juvenile novelist (1898 - 1963)

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Old 12-08-2009, 09:43 PM   #6
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I've never joined an internet forum that cost money. I always thought it a ridiculous idea. Then I came here. I'm on my second year subscription with money sitting in my HBT account for next July 11th.
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:47 PM   #7
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I've even heard people discuss NOT getting the lifetime membership because they want to support each year... Yea that is my reason for only paying one year at a time!

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Old 12-08-2009, 09:49 PM   #8
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On my second re-up. The wealth of shared knowledge is definately worth the cost of membership. There are also some othere added benefits of becoming a paid supporter that you will truly enjoy. Fork over the dough and prepare to spend a good day catching up on what you didn't even know existed.
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Old 12-08-2009, 10:39 PM   #9
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I was just about ready to shell out for lifetime, and our roof started leaking Saturday. Maybe after the holidays. I agree, this is a wealth of info and much worth it.
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Old 12-08-2009, 10:43 PM   #10
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Some online HBS offer discounts to HBT members too.

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