I could see some positives on your side in terms of page views and ad revenue if you opened the forums.
However, there are already a few open forums that do not have half of P4P's insights and level of exchange of information.
You have to think that is because the closed nature of P4P allows people to feel free to open up.
Its your site and you can do what you want, but to me, I see the closed/exclusive nature of P4P as a differentiators from the other guys.
Regarding trolls, one fix would be to require X number of posts and responses per year for membership.
quote:Why are you contemplating do this?
The main reason is that I did create a public site, basically for the trolls, however all I post there is press releases. It's hard for me to keep up with posting to both sites, I would save a lot of time just updating one site.
But, I also believe that making members register and I monitor those registrations keeps most of the trolls out of our secure site.
I appreciate everyones response and will keep our forums secure.
BTW the unsecure site averages over 100K in page views a month and our secure site averages about 35K in page views a month.