Originally posted by joerogo
Not beatin ya up, just an opinion.
Can't beat me up Joe..it's not my site. A blog is not a forum and the point of both is entirely different. While some comments are allowed on a blog, the primary purpose is to share information from the viewpoint of the writer. The Roadfood blog has some excellent posts about all types of subjects and I enjoy a blog format.
The forum on the other hand is for general conversation about roadfood places..a place for members to discuss their favorite places and food they experienced in their travels (or locally of course).
As for the other issues you mentioned, most are not possible with the current forum software. Perhaps that will change in the future. Also, I've used paypal since it was X.com with thousands of transactions well into 5 digits and have never experienced a problem so I'm while it's not my decision to use Paypal or not, I believe it is simply the most convenient way to handle the subscriptions for this forum. (I don't want to turn this into another paypal thread)
On the forum vs blog issue..I like both but opinions vary. If you prefer the forum that's great! I just wanted to call attention to the blog for the MANY who join the site to get access to other materials and services who don't participate in the forum. My guess would be that number is somewhere around 45,000-50,000 people but Stephen would have better idea based on bounces and such when the newsletter is sent out.
Brittneal - the blog has only been up since April of this year.
Benzee - I believe anybody can submit a post for the blog. If there is material you would like to see I would check with Bruce or Stephen.