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    Default Re: Our SLS IM log was deleted!

    So you have a website that has a bunch of lifetime members. You've gotten all the money you are going to get from them. The free members don't give you any money. How do you get more money? Kill off the free members (who at least want to look around first) and the rest will most likely eventually fall. Create a new website and lifetime members have to start all over again. We are lifetime members but don't use the site too much (since we are 'involved' with only one couple at this time) but we set up free accounts on ALL of the swinger sites so we could see if there were enough other couples around to make it worthwhile to join. SLS had (by far) the most local couples for us so we got a lifetime membership. If another site would have had more, we would have joined them instead. I can see limiting the time for a free member (say 3 months...1 month, whatever) to see if there are enough locals to join, but to just kill off the free memberships: BAD business plan (unless you are trying to kill the business).

    Several years ago there was a new site trying to start up. They give free memberships (might have been lifetime) to people here who would set up a profile so they could get members. We set one up and found that there wasn't another member for 150 miles. If we would have had to PAY to find that out we would have been VERY UNHAPPY campers. Instead, I now don't even remember the name of the site.
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    Default Re: Our SLS IM log was deleted!

    I'm fairly sure SLS didn't want to kill off the free members as a result of a business model change, but they did it because of that stupid FOSTA law. They had a successful business model with limited free members who would, if they stayed in the LifeStyle, probably become paid members. I suspect that their revenues will slowly fall because they'll have trouble attracting new paid members.

    On a similar note, they put out a new policy today that says that ANY mention of payment, even for things like house parties, will be taken off. Stupid FOSTA law . . .

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    Default Re: Our SLS IM log was deleted!

    At the risk of beating this point to death I will note again that the one place where payment is mentioned is how much it will cost to get meaningful access to SLS in order to seek out sexual partners. I still have a logical problem with that

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    Default Re: Our SLS IM log was deleted!

    A short free trial would make sense. Hope SLS hangs in and does not become MySpace.

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    Default Re: Our SLS IM log was deleted!

    For those people who do not wish to be bothered with free members, and I do really understand that. There was always the option of blocking free members single men or several other parameters. In that manner you do not see them they do not see you. Problem solved I think.

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    Default Re: Our SLS IM log was deleted!

    We block single men. If you want to attend our picnic, you have to bring your own ham sandwich.

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    Default Re: Our SLS IM log was deleted!

    Quote Originally Posted by njbm View Post
    If you want to attend our picnic, you have to bring your own ham sandwich.

    What does that even mean? If it's an idiom, we've never heard it before.
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    Default Re: Our SLS IM log was deleted!

    Your spouse.


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    Default Re: Our SLS IM log was deleted!

    Quote Originally Posted by njbm View Post
    A short free trial would make sense. . .
    Might seem to make sense but it's problematic. At a Web site we no longer use, a person could create a profile and have a no-cost trial run. What some people would do is create a profile, let it's time run out, create another profile, let it go for a while, rinse, repeat, rinse, repeat.
    Michael and JoAnn

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    Default Re: Our SLS IM log was deleted!

    I've noticed some other new behaviours and restrictions related to using SLS. In the process of submitting the text for an announcement of a house party using the SLS "group" that I have created for that that purpose, I included the fact that my wife and I were also accepting reservations from a private Facebook group. The work "Facebook" set off alarm bells and a page of "new rules" was shown to me. Apparently no mention of any other Web site is allow anywhere for any reason; not in a PM, a title, an announcement, or a profile. Furthermore, if mention of a Web site is used in a profile, they promise that you will be put into the SLS jail until such time as you remove the reference and the staff have time to review your changed profile.

    I suppose I can understand this. Facebook, KIK, or other such facilities could be perceived as competition to SLS.
    Michael and JoAnn

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    Default Re: Our SLS IM log was deleted!

    I do not know which I resent more.
    Their money grubbing or the fact that they tried to conceal it as a move to obey the new Federal guidelines and "protect" us. As far as marketing goes they would be far better off with a limited, but still useful free membership and allowing some networking across sites.

    I belong to one group that uses one of the social networking sites for arranging club activities and thus taking all the questionable action from SLS, which is what they supposedly wanted in the first place.


    I have referred people to our profile on SLS thereby giving them new traffic. That is getting even less useful as they restrict their accessibility.

    Just for the record we are Lifetime members on SLS, so I am not complaining about MY access being curtailed.

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