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Staying on topic for this thread - I totally agree that the articles here are of great value. I haven''t needed to buy too much sailing gear yet, but I have and will support SailNet for all the wonderful info I find here (in the articles and message board participants). If another web site drew me away because the content started lacking at SailNet, I imagine my purchasing loyalty would move, too.
Of course, I respect Sam''s right to run the business as he sees fit. If he really believes he has to drop the articles, hopefully it will have the intended result. John''s point is one Sam should consider carefully, though. I don''t come to SailNet to read advertisements; I come for the information. While I''m here for the info, however, I do see and read the ads.
Perhaps there are alternatives to simply dropping ALL the articles - maybe post a new article every other day.