So, logically, I understand why some SL groups are pay groups. It keeps out most of the spammers, because no everyday spammer is going to pay $250L to yell "U COME TO BIGFANCYASS MALL - ALL ITEM $50L!" And sometimes the designers feel better if they charge because it means the people who are in the group actually WANT to be there, and they can give gifts to reward.
I only have 25 group slots. You only have 25 groups slots. Everyone in SL only has - say it with me - TWENTY FIVE GROUP SLOTS.
I kind of feel trapped when I'm in a group that suddenly becomes a pay group [or invite only]. I group juggle quite a bit, but the more pay groups I get in, the more I feel like I can't leave. I don't want to leave a group that's been quiet for months only to miss out on a gift the next day.
My thought is this. If you're going to have a pay group, give me a reason to stay in. Yeah, the gifts are nice, but I can get gifts almost anywhere. Give me OTHER reasons. Fun chats, secret sales, group only sim outings, fun contests that don't require me to pay for something else.
I'm currently in 24 groups. 11 of them, I can't leave because of land, personal, or business reasons. 9 groups are pay groups. Two are invite only... Wow, you know what? Out of all my groups, I have ONE that I can leave if I need to. Just one. And you can bet that if I left it, the next day there would be a group access only sale. lol
Look, if we can't get more group slots, can we at least not have so many pay or invite only groups that do nothing? That would be lovely, thanks.
Ali's [2nd] thanks of the day: I'm thankful for group owners who don't trap me in. LOL Or that at least make their groups worth staying in. :)