New Pro Plan will reduce article comments, which are the life blood of Seeking Alpha
I am concerned that locking out the majority of investors with a high priced Pro plan to Seeking Alpha will destroy the main reason I go to this site. And this is the comments under each article. I find these comments more valuable at times than the article itself. With less people being able to participate in the comments, Seeking Alpha will be less valuable to me, and not worth the subscription cost. If the same level of comments were there, I might consider a subscription, but the participation in the comments areas are now assured to wither away and die.
I can't tell you how many great comments shot holes in the articles, or gave alternative stocks that ended up the real winners. Don't discount the importance of the large group of non-subscribers that used to comment in the articles. You need to go back to the non-subscription model to return this great content and participation. I would not consider a subscription to Seeking Alpha with a depleted comments section.
This forcing a subscription will destroy the fabric of Seeking Alpha that we all learned to love.
Hope this note gets to the right people. Seeking Alpha may not have realized the serious unintended consequences of a forced subscription model!
Anyone agree or disagree, please post here.
The new rate for "Pro" will most likely seem modest for "Advisor" firms ( interesting that all 3 comments in "What our customers are saying" happen to be apparent advisors with some firm. The rates for individuals with modest portfolios @ $75 a month/$900 a year is steep. While I am sure your comment "It takes money to operate & maintain Seeking Alpha" or words to that effect is valid---I'm sure a portion of all the fees by organizations and advisors who have joined your group of paid advisors finds it way to Seeking Alpha along with all the ad revenue.
Are all the users who have signed up with one of the paid advisor organizations also subject to this additional fee to be able to refer to articles 10 days old or more? Disappointing to say the least and it will have an adverse impact on the little "do it yourself people" who are also contributors to the site.