Due to Ning's new policy of no longer providing free sites, action is required if you value Mineral Collectors and want to see it continue.
There are several choices and I need your feedback as to which one you support:
1) Do nothing. This site and all its content will disappear on July 20, 2010.
It has most of the features Ning has and just about all the features our members tend to use. It has a "Ning Transfer Tool", so you would have to do little, if anything. The transfer would be mostly seamless, as you can by visiting the new site.
3) Collect donations to keep our group on Ning. Their "Mini" plan costs $20/year, but it limits our group to 150 members. Their "Plus" plan is $200/year and has no such limit. "Mini" allows blogs, photos, forum and video embeds, but not events, groups, chat, pages and Ning Apps. "Plus" allows all of the above. With our current membership, $2.50 each will get us "Plus" and $0.25 each will get us "Mini". They way it would work is that I would collect the donations online and purchase the highest level supported by the collected funds. "Mini" would be perfect for us, except for the 150 member limitation.
I need your feedback ASAP on this. Please respond with your preference by replying to this discussion.
My personal preference is #2, but have a look at it and see if you agree.