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Nevertheless I don't understand why they drop the users? Every user who likes a site will come back and leave his personal info. So why let them go? Building communities becomes harder every day I'd say.
Go to geocities
Or buy some proper web hosting - it only costs $5 a month for a basic package which is far superior to anything that Tripod or Geocities offers. You don't sign away your rights to your site either, nor will it be plastered with ads for which you get no revenue, nor will it be shut down with hardly any warning. I can't understand why anyone would use the free services for anything other than posting pictures of their cat, or other pointless personal home pages.
I know that many people put untold hours into these "free" sites - certainly it's worth five or ten bucks a month to get proper hosting and have full control of your destiny. That's a pretty cheap hobby.
I think that if people actually read the TOS on the free hosting sites, the vast majority would think twice before building their site there...
Its ovious that these members will need some place else to chill and talk.. right..
So this is a great oprtunity to let them know that I have forums available that they can come to...
Some one elses loss will be my gain.. EH!
Also a shame that these stupid corporations cannot figure out how to profit from their communities. I would've remained a loyal (and eventually paying) Geocities user forever if they'd treated me right. These dodos even asked me at one point to join a special free "popular pages" program, then forgot all about their own free program and emailed me saying I was being dropped for not paying for the service THEY offered ME free -- duh. And there were many other unnecessary problems. Duh duh duh. You couldn't pay me to use Geocities today.
Personally, I think its sad to see any Community Forum just
get dumped. Friendships are formed, bonds are made, common
interests are united... and it just wouldn't happen "as
well" if all those nice folks spent their $5.00/mo for
their own site.
Finding a good business model for a bandwidth/support intensive free service is a challenge. Maybe if ad rates keep firming up or if you can provide attractive paid options, you can avoid losing your shirt. It's not easy, though.