This is a difficult subject since many of my favorite posters here are “Charter Members.” I just don’t understand the motivation to pay for posting to a message board. To me, paying to create content on the internet just does not compute, like paying for a Google search or paying to watch a YouTube video.
Is it not having to specify your location on every post? Although, it seems at least half of members put some sort of joke in the location line, so that can’t be it for them. Do you find people take you more seriously since you’ve actually ponied up some dough for the membership and they think you’re less likely to mess around?
So what’s the deal, members? I’m very interested.
As a side note, why is the “charter” part so important to many people? Surely, people can see your join date and see how long you’ve been in the community. I don’t get the cachet of having “charter” next to member. I’d be interested in any theories about this too.