This is a Non-Commercial site, free of charge for any member
Ian hill said:
This is now a commercial site.
This came up on another thread and I just wanted to insist on the fact that this site is a non-commercial site, free of charge for any member(even for non members) to participate on the forum and take advantage of all the items on the site.
You are free to use:
Learn Spanish or English (videos and learning material)
Flashcards (of your own creation or created by other members)
Forum with 6 categories, out of which proofreading and cultural discussions only exist on this site, as far I know
Phrasebook, lots of idiomatic sentences with translations.
Dictionary and Translator
All of the mentioned are free of charge for any member.
This is however a business, not some kind of altruistic enterprise, so the site uses advertisements to make money. All those lessons made by the teacher Paralee not only show a lot of work, but they cost a lot of money, so to assume this site exists on "air" is obviously mistaken
A commercial site probably does not use so many ads, I really don't know, but they certainly charge members to use their functions.
The amount of ads you see diminish as soon as you get higher reputation.
This is a free site and has always been.
Why are we having this discussion? Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone!
If you speak English, you know Heidita used the term incorrectly but you know what she meant!
Or am I the only one that had their membership fee waived?
For Pete's sake, guys, if you want to beat something into the ground, go try to cleanup the bitter rantings that accompany some of the posts on Youtube and remember the direction that most of us wanted here, a learning environment that cost us no more than our participation and our willingness to put up with a few rules from those in whose house we play.
It is truly amazing how much is available here for free. When I first "accidentally" found this site and them became a member, I kept waiting to be presented with the pitch to upgrade my access to better information for a "small" monthly fee. Much to my surprise and delight, those offers never appeared.
After being involved in the forum for several months, it became apparent that this is truly a labor of love from the administrators on down. It was inspiring to see so many people willing to share their knowledge of the Spanish language (in their spare time ) and everything was, as the many commercials on Telemundo announce "absolutamente gratis.
Even those who are new to the language are willing to share things that work for them, encouragement, helpful books and sites.
As with anything else, whenever you have a large group of people working together, there will be problems. In our case, we have people from all over the world. There are bound to be disagreements and misunderstandings. However, for the most part, I think things work amazingly well on this site and I for one, am very thankful!!!!
My dearest Heidita, as long as money exchanges hands, commerce exists. The site may be free to members, but the fact that companies pay to advertise here creates a commercial enterprise.
Perhaps Ian should have used a different phrase. I haven't seen his post, but the phrase alone doesn't explain what he means.
It seems like many are passionate about what they are individually saying. With that being said, I need to throw my $.02 into the pot. Knowing Heidi, as well as many others through this site, I truly believe we knew what she meant. I'm with LateToDinner (can't say I've ever been "late" though) on this one! Come on plain and simple this is a great site and has many great features, teachers, and creatures on it!! As for the wording, the site is free for members because of the generosity of the many who put so much time into it including the companies who advertise here! From the admin to the teachers who are dedicated I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, you have taught me much and I know I have so much more to learn!!!
as long as money exchanges hands, commerce exists.
This is of course true, but this site has always existed on ads, so does Wordreference for example.
We refer to a "commercial site" (links to those are not allowed on this site) as sites where the members a charged a membership.
That is why we claim this to be a non commercial site. Maybe I shoud add for members?
I am amazed at the quality and quantity of Spanish lessons and assistance we get here at Spandict. As Nicole mentioned, most other places offer these kinds of services for upgrade fees. This is really a very special place. I am so happy that I have found it. If I have to see a few adverts, it doesn't bother me. After all, this is costing me nothing. Thank you for having Spandict and for keeping it running smoothly.
I am also very thankful for this site! It is a wonderful opportunity!! And how many things outside the basic language itself we learn in the process, by following the threads, the members' Question/answers! It is personable, fun, and a great learning opportunity indeed!
I was going to say, "Soy muy gracioso", but having checked the spanish to english translation beforehand realized that I would be telling you that I am very funny, or very graceful, both of which are not necessarily true. So, let me instead just say, with hope that the machine translation led me well, muy agradecido ! And yes, I am very thankful for my teacher Paralee.
But my credit card is being charged monthly for membership to this site?!?!?!
Another thing to keep in mind is that Free is an abstract word.
In most countries you are free - until you stop paying your taxes.
When you watch TV, go online, listen to the radio, you don't pay for the service, but you must endure the adverts that support the stations and sites. Some will say this is free, but others will say that the few seconds of their time taken to disregard these adverts are a loss of their time - payment.
It's also a well-know fact that just a couple of seconds is all it takes to get someone to remember an advertised product - at least subliminally. And after a just a few repetitions of the same few seconds, the product is well remembered.