> post have been showing the decline for years.
> I'm the kind of person that likes to plan for the worst vs. pretending like everything
> is OK. Getting rid of the 3 year option is a really small thing in my mind.
> I have no idea how or when the site will end. I have an impression that trading
> sites need a kind of "critical mass" of people willing to trade for it to work.
> I don't think we're close to losing that, but if we do get close, it could erode
> quickly and trades may go down sharply. This is just speculation on my part, but
> I've seen other trading sites struggle with this.
digital probably has a lot to do with this, perhaps one day there will be a way to trade those, not holding my breath for that, but maybe.
> There are a lot of other aspects to the site that can't be ignored. We're a community
> and a lot of regulars will stay to hang out with friends even if trading dies down.
> Again, assuming here.
I definitely think that this is true, I think the dedicated user base will still be around even if trades aren't at the volume they once were.
> My personal connection to the site is important too and hard for me to even express.
> It's my baby and thus idiosyncratic or like that King Arthur "Land and the King
> are one" thing. It would not be easy to separate myself from GameTZ, given the way
> I built it.
makes sense, its become a part of you, as it has to many of us as well.
> I've changed in recent years too. I used to be more concerned about the site making
> revenue, but that never worked out; revenue is also declining (obvious if you follow
> the amazon topic). I'm mostly just accepting it for what it is at this point. I
> have other ways to support myself. I'm also getting older and seeing myself as semi-retired.
> Revenue does matter, if it gets very low to the point where it would cost me to
> keep it running or just not seem worth it. But, we're not close to that point.
I would like to think the high end of the active base would be willing to do something should that ever be the case.
> I'm not making much revenue but it also doesn't take that much of my time. Disputes
> on the site (which have been the hardest thing for me) also seem to be in decline.
> I am a bit tired of running websites and tired of the Internet in general. I have
> a lot of negative feeling about how people behave on the Internet and what it has
> become, to be honest -- I use it less and less personally. But, keeping GTZ going
> is also something for me to do and that has value to me at this stage in my life.
this is the only site I am a regular of really as far as daily, besides youtube, because I know how you feel, ive seen the internet rise from near the beginning and its uglier than it was long ago, but there is still good, gtz for example :)
> Anyway, I have a lot of mixed feelings. But, no plans to change anything and I assume
> I'll just keep riding it out and see how it goes.