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VerticalScope buys PioneerForums!

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  1. Hondasxs

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    As we all know, there are thousands of forums on the internet, but what you probably don't know is that 90% of them are owned by a handful of corporation run businesses, ONLY for the purpose of revenue generation. One of the heavy hitters is Verticalscope Inc. who currently owns HondaPioneerForums along with these other powersport sites --> VerticalScope.com

    Recently, VerticalScope purchased a laundry list of forums from ForumFoundry, including PioneerForums and many others. With this new change, there will come an increased effort from VS to ensure their new assets provide a decent ROI. This will include many of their new "members" (READ: paid workers) posting to draw attention to their sites. Their job is to play a game with an irrelevant response so you will return to view another ad. Who has time for that?

    The Honda SxS Club is currently committed to remain independently operated by actual, real world, Honda SxS Owners! Every Staff member, Admin, and Jr Mod has owned a Honda SxS, as will all future Mod's.

    Yet, with this announcement, I must also look at implementing some changes to help offset the cost of operating the thriving community. I am currently exploring additional monetization options that will allow the site to become commercial, as well as provide funding to secure advertising through various channels. I wish to make a commitment now that member impact will be very limited and mostly geared towards guest access. All Supporting and Lifetime members will NOT be affected, nor ever have adverts, outside of supporting vendor post while under my control.

    One thing that remains at the top of my list is the club members. I am committed to operating the best community I can for YOU! Without you, this community would not be what it is today. I know you will continue to support and help the Honda SxS Club grow for many years to come.

    Thanks.
    @Hondasxs
     
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    Questions?
    Post and I will be happy to answer.
    Thanks.
     
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    CumminsPusher The woods made me do it,yet again!
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    How do you become a supporting or lifetime member?
     
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    If you get offered a million dollars I would understand. But until then keep up the great work! And I appreciate all you do.
     
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    This place has been fantastic. I'm not super into social media, forum type stuff in general. But everyone here is super cool, and I've really learned a lot in the last few months. I'll be upgrading my membership for sure.
     
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    Yep! I get a lot of ideas here. I'm not good at the whole thank you stuff but... thanks!
     
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    Maybe they can be a supporter for the Pioneer take over 2017 what do you think Honda SXS
     
  11. Hondasxs

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    Na, There not going to support a channel they can't control.
    That would also be like PepsiCo sponsoring an event hosted by Coke.
    If the PioneerTakeover became big and went independent then.. maybe!
     
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    Appreciate that effort of keeping the individual drivers not vendors in the communication loop. I am not against dues that will help cover some costs. How about a trail ride database by zip code. A store link to buy logo items, a Calender link (maybe 3 months out) of upcoming rides, family or single events. I'm a newbie maybe already out there. Press on!
     
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    Thanks for all the support.

    I just want to throw out there that I am not directly asking for financial funding from the members. Though there are channels set up to accept financial support it only encompasses a small fraction of the related cost to operate the site. The support I am speaking of is you coming to the site, checking out the vendors, telling your friends, talking about HondaSxS at your dealer, posting on FaceBook, and most important is creating new post as they come about. That is the life-giving support I am after.


    As for @Billrzman's questions.
    - RiderPlanet USA is a resource for you. I do hope to one day incorporate something like this into the site.
    - An improved club store is on my short term roadmap.
    We have a tee shirt link here HondaSxS.com Tee Shirt Shop
    there is also a free stickers - http://hondasxs.com/forms/free-hondasxs-com-decal-request.1/respond
    And an attempt at a club store here - Honda SxS Club Store! - Hats, Stickers, Decals and more!
     
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    "The Best Honda Forum anywhere!" - That is an understatement! GREAT SITE and thank you for all the hard work!
     
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    Maybe do a membership drive... I'd NEVER pay for Facebook, but I would for Hondasxs. It's that good!
     

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