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I post often on a board called "Gimme My Stars", which is currently facing criticism for possibly abusing the recommendation and star reward incentives offered by TMF.

Here is my question:

Does GMS cost TMF money or make TMF money?

Everyone who posts to GMS, likes the TMF site, and lurks or posts to serious stock boards, and/or uses paid services by TMF. the massive amounts of posts, stars, and recs, somehow costing TMF money?

Here is my guess:
I figure TMF makes money in a few different ways:
1. Advertising dollars
2. Soapbox
3. Paid services offered by TMF

GMS, indirectly, I would think, contributes to the 2nd and 3rd revenue streams, as the odds are that the more often someone hangs out at TMF, the more likely they will buy services...

GMS, directly, I would assume, contributes to the 1st revenue stream, as (and I am guessing here) advertisers use statistics on page views, number of users, etc..., to determine the traffic and eyeballs a site can offer. GMSters post more than anyone on TMF, and probably spend the most time at TMF per day...

But what are the costs involved in maintaining all the posts on GMS?
Is it worth it?

Should I pull a Bernard Sampson and drag all the GMSters to a Yahoo Club board?

I hear people on "Improve the Fool" call for the extermination of GMS...
I hear Trenchrat decrying the dilution of the importance of stars and recs, due to GMS...

The GMSters are a happy and fun bunch, that enjoys the friendships that TMF has allowed them to create, on this free website. We also hardly ever get on these anti-TMF rants which are so in vogue elsewhere...

So...does TMF want "Gimme My Stars" to pack it up and go away?

Thanks for any and all replies,
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