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Message 1: How much is a subscription worth? - A message from Baden Hughes

Date: 24 Apr 2002 04:09:43 -0000
From: linguist <linguistlinguistlist.org>
Subject: How much is a subscription worth? - A message from Baden Hughes

How much is a subscription to The Linguist List worth ?

Most comparable web sites with membership programs charge upwards of
$50 per year to access the same depth, breadth and quality of
information that the Linguist List provides for free. I'm sure a lot
of us pay for these services, and use them far less often than we do
The Linguist List (I know I do, that's for sure).

Thinking about it, if The Linguist List had to commercially provide
its services, you can be sure the operating cost would be more than
the $48,000 pa that's currently required. An estimate of several
hundred thousand dollars would probably be closer to the mark - the
real commercial costs of The Linguist List would only start with web
hosting, web site development, programming, and editorial staff. This
alone would raise the cost of a subscription from "free" to a
significant amount.

So, how much is an annual subscription to The Linguist List worth ?
It's probably a debatable point.

Certainly it's worth donating to the annual fund drive, which allows
the folks at The Linguist List to provide these resources for free to
the wider linguistic community.

 - Baden Hughes

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