Bravo ..Are you sure you fully understand what you are saying?
First of all, you were arguing that, time based subscription is good because it forces organizers to organize more shoots per time period. If we go to pay as you go, then organizers will take too long to organize and therefore, there will be fewer shoots.
Our current problem with mass number of CMI shoots being organized is exactly that. There are 12 weekends per 90 days. Cost is $195 per 90 days. The more shoots you organized, the cost per shoot is lower. If you organize 12 shoots, once a week, your cost is about $16.25 per shoot, less if you do it more then once a week. On the other hand, if you are only organized 1 shoot a month, then the cost is a prohibited $65 per shoot, and much higher if you do it less than once a month.
Your argument is, we should not let those in to organize if they only want to organize only now and then, not on a full time level. Most of us photographers have a day job. Organizing takes a lot of time, which is scarce. By setting the cost hurdle so high, many who has good ideas but cannot commit the time every week, will merely give up organizing here on CS. Rest assure, if they want to organize, there are many other avenues, but CS is locked out because of cost.
The risk is not the $65 per shoot cost per se, it can be factored into the cost. However, it is the fact that a time based subscription forces them to organize at least once a month to achieve a $65 cost. What if, after one paid for a subscription, after 2 months and 2 shoots, due to many unforeseen circumstance, no shoots were organized in the 3rd month, then suddenly the cost per shoot jumped to $97.50, or what if, after the first month, no time to organize anymore, the full cost of the $195 must be absorb by that one organized shoot.
It does not make sense. ModelShooterz used to organize about once a month or a bit less. Many of the best organizers organized at the same frequency and less. The $196 is therefore a prohibited hurdle.
This is what I propose. Reopen the pay as you go option. Charge a higher fee, say $50. An organizer will simply have to factor in the $50 when organizing, and not have to worry about how to amortize the remainder of the 90 days subscription. Right now, the organizer must load the entire $195 into the first shoot jsut to be on the safe side. That is prohibitive.
Now, what were you talking about regarding model organizing themselves and the IR?? I thought models had been organizing themselves for a while. Now, the IR, I am really lost there.
One more point, in responding to Darren’s post, that the time based subscription is to weed out the hit and run fly by night organizers. In some way, CS had been successful in that respect, but the consequences is simple, it forces organizers to organize more shoots and resulting in much lower quality shoots, and it barred photographers who want to promote the art from organize on an occasional basis.