- Sat Jul 23, 2016 2:23 pm
I doubt that is the case. Anytime you provide a public forum, it becomes difficult to control the message. If I'm a company selling food plot stuff, do I really want to sponsor an organization that my include my advertising in their site and publication but supports a public forum that allows folks with credibility to criticize the value of my product?
Ask Anthony about he heat he got from trail camera companies in the early days objecting to bad reviews. When you annual budget is closing in on 3 mil, you really have to ask if you can continue to get enough financial support to grow without capitulating.
In the end, they made the right decision for the future of QDMA, but threw a great QDM (notice no A) tool under the bus. I can't support QDMA like I used to, but in the end, they will be just fine.
The problem is that there is no single place on the net that has the recognition and credibility of QDMA for the existing forum users to embrace. Instead, they will be distributed over a number of competing forums related to deer. It is very difficult to be active on multiple forums on the same topic.
Maybe in the end, one forum will stand out and become the central place for deer management advice. The problem like always is how it get funded. Anyone can start a small forum for nearly zero cost, but once it grows and gets the traffic necessary , the cost becomes significant. Unless there is a real white knight to finance it, advertising always creeps back in. The only other option is user sponsorship and folks have become accustom to free access on the internet. Once you charge for access the user base diminishes. Anthony and I had that discussion about this site years ago as well.
That's my 2 cents for what it is worth.