If there is only one side there is no discussion. The point of email is reaching out to inactive players. Emails do not give location as I use one out of Switzerland.
The idea of membership ties one to belonging to something special rather than driving them away. It creates exclusivity rather inclusion. It also eliminates all the nonsense that went into vetting Despy or other players to come. Cheaters will not have multiple accounts. So am I to understand that if I use my aliases I am subject to a 1 year suspension?
As for the younger players leaving that is just so. Parent's give them money to go to the movies. There are many ways that young people can earn something mowing a neighbors grass, pulling weeds, washing cars etc. I know I did. We all play for fun, but in tournaments I am playing to win. Every game gives me a knew insight into the top players.
I didn't say emails would help identify players. What I did say was "I would like to see an email registry so that we can contact all players without hoping they keep up with the forum."
So I stand by my opinion despite it is against the prevailing attitude of a little more than half the players. A dime a day is 36.50 a year. A quarter adds up to nearly 100.00 US and all you can say is no it will drive away players. Well so be it.
IMO the whole scouting players is overblown. The game is the game and you make adjustments. I used to write a log of the players and style. It was utterly useless as players are constantly changing set up and play style. If they don't they will become stagnant.
My final comment is that exclusivity eliminates the need for a registry. An email directory helps us to reach players who may just need some encouragement to come back once they have left and it is a lot easier to direct players to an email than to get them to create an account on the forum and find the tournament topics.
I know you won't change, but this is the other side of the conversation. Membership keeps players it does not drive them away and who can't afford .25/day? Some of you say you don't want trophies, but some do. They can be purchased overseas and on Amazon Global and that way the shipping fees are not exorbitant. Buying in the US is not feasible when the best players are in Europe and a Flowerpot trophy is a joke.
You guys are literally the professionals and I am cannot fodder. You have memories like steal traps and mine is like a sieve. Imagine a professional in any sport of game playing just for the fun of it. There would be no football, no golf, no baseball and the only fans we have is ourselves.