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Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by The Chairman, Jun 4, 2020.

  1. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board Staff Member

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    Friends, divers and ScubaBoardians...

    This year marks the 20th year that ScubaBoard has been in existence. It's been a fun 20 years and the longest 'job' I've ever had. Lord knows, the industry hates us because we allow the unwashed masses to comment freely about them. We don't moderate for content, not even for advertisers, only for kindness. The mods and I have tried to make this a great place for you to come get unvarnished opinions on agencies, instructors, gear and dive destinations.

    While that's great for you, it makes it hard to sell advertisements. Add to that, the impact Facebook has had on all the Scuba forums and how DEMA pushes them but not the forums, and we've been struggling financially for years. I've tried to not burden you with this and have learned to do more with less. That means that some things around here have not been updated, like our platform simply because we can't afford it. :(

    Then the pandemic. It's hit our industry hard and I've seen threads dedicated to helping the DMs at various locales and encouraging people to buy gear. The travel agencies, the manufacturers and dive ops have all had to cut costs and advertising is usually the first thing cut. Consequently, we've lost even more advertisers with this and are currently down to two. Two. We were bare bones before with my debt slowly mounting, but this is really serious.

    So sadly, I could really use your financial assistance. If you're a regular user, whether a reader or contributor, please consider Going Red. If you've gone Red, as a supporter, please consider upping your membership to ScubaBoard Sponsor or making a one-time donation through www.PayPal.me/ScubaBoard . If you're an LDS or dive op, please consider becoming a ScubaBoard Business Sponsor. That includes 10,000 impressions. If you run/own an agency, s Scuba manufacturer, a travel agency or Dive resort then please contact me to discuss becoming an advertiser. After all, you've got the eyes of lots of people who are looking to do something with Scuba. Unfortunately, I can't even afford stickers at this time, so I can't send any.

    In addition, if you can set up complex websites and have experience with cpanel, AWS and/or xenForo, I could really use your assistance for a website update.
  2. Open Ocean Diver

    Open Ocean Diver ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
    I love this form I would hate to see it go I will upgrade my membership to help In a small way.
  3. Ukmc

    Ukmc ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    I love this forum too. It is great that we don’t have a heavy hand of industry moderating what gets posted. I will try to help more. I just upgraded to a supporter. If I go sponsor, does my current membership applies towards sponsor?
  4. wstorms

    wstorms ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Netherlands
    Especially now I enjoy spending time on SB, it is great to be able to discuss diving, ask questions and help others so I was considering going red already. This post was the final push, I just signed up.
  5. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board Staff Member

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    Many, many thanks to all of our supporters, new and recurring!
  6. JimBlay

    JimBlay Divin' Papaw ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: South Florida
    I went Red recently after too many years of not being a supporter. I'd hate to see ScubaBoard not make it. It has been so incredibly valuable to my diving life for going on 15 years now.
  7. icechip

    icechip ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Maine
    Just became a supporter.
    This is a great site.
  8. Dubious

    Dubious ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    This has been a great site for me. As far as my papal is concerned I went red June 7th, 2019 and I plan to continue to support this board as long as I am diving.
  9. Scraps

    Scraps ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Florida
    Just signed on as a supporter.

    The advice I’ve received here has saved me far more than the subscription cost in avoiding imprudent gear purchases.
  10. ToneNQ

    ToneNQ ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Australia
    I went actually went 'red' on 24 April, though it appeared on PayPal it never showed here. Hopefully you got it. Anyways, gone red again, keep one as a donation.

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