Where in ANYTHING that has been decided about what changes are being made was the decision to STOP free access?
Before you go off…try reading what Dave Heller is saying, not all the comments.
And another thing…think about this.
Which would you rather have?
Basic free services that include advertising and an option to subscribe and opt out of that…or nothing at all?
A totally ad supported site, the size of ShareCG is NOT viable, in the long run. Minimally, Dave is paying $1500/month for hosting services (probably 3x that). The amount of ‘click throughs’ that needs to be generated to support that level (considering each ‘click is about 1/10 of a cent…) is enormous.
And where is that different than anywhere else?
DeviantArt is a ‘free’/paid subscription model.
GoogleSites are supported by Google and are a ‘loss leader’...in so much as they generate a very small portion of Google’s income.
Rendo is mostly supported by the store…
And ‘free’ hosting is supported by ads and/or subscription to remove them.
Finally, ISP provided hosting is supported out of your monthly ISP bill and is usually very limited, mostly in storage and bandwidth. (And you don’t want to be caught going over on the bandwidth…as most ISPs will charge you for that).
Even ‘paid’ hosting is ‘generating revenue’ from your site/stuff…because they charge an amount that will pay their bills AND generate a little profit.