This is how I feel. I didn't lurk for long before I posted but it took a couple of weeks reading before I realied what a goldmine this place is. Also, not being a professional webmaster I doubt I would have even considered myself qualified to join when I first arrived if I hadn't been able to read the posts as see how friendly everyone is(assuming either option c or d).
I think one way around this could be a mix of free and member/subscriber only content, although I don't know how this should be divided up.
I like this idea if a pay route is decided on. My country is not "poor" or "developing" and I actually live pretty comfortably for an under-paid fulltime student. But the exchange rate sucks and my money becomes worth a lot (lot) less outside my country.
I agree with the coments about repitition of questions, I've seen it in the short time I've been here. There definitely seem to be a few stock question/answer posted which could be either localised in an extended knowledge base or found by site searchs. Prominant links to the places where information can be found along with a specific message for all new sign-ups encouraging site searchs should reduce these questions. For example, I didn't notice the Google Knowledge Base link for over a week.
I've been in another forum where any question already adequately answered in previous posts automatically gets "please do a site search" as the reply. The newbies learn pretty fast that they need to do some digging before they ask. It sounds like the pre-mod idea put forward as option a) would be useful for this kind of thing.
[edited by: shelleycat at 1:32 am (utc) on Aug. 23, 2002]