Mr. Zotti and/or Sun-Times Media,
We’re going on six months now without a way to subscribe. You’re obviously paying Discourse for enterprise hosting, and I’m guessing you’re one of their bigger customers. A portion of site visitors will not see the adsense ads, some even after disabling their adblockers; those that see ads often find them laughably ill-targeted.
I’m worried about the financial state of the message boards. I imagine revenue is down drastically while expenses are up. The Sun-Times may not be doing all too hot themselves, what with the pandemic. I don’t know. I’m afraid someone over there will see a red figure and shut everything down.
(I could be wrong though, maybe ad revenue covers operating costs, or even exceeds potential subscription revenue.)
Anyways, I’m sure Discourse (or the tech-savvy Teeming Millions) can help find and install a subscription plugin. Then we can get back to giving you money! If that’s not an option or priority, a few reassuring words about the financial situation would set me at ease.