Since the talk of a BME membership being required for IAM access, there have been a number of people who are extremely upset (to the point of deleting their pages here) because BME only accepts body modification stories. Sorry, but that is not changing. BME is about body modification, and no matter how good your writing is, it can't be used if it doesn't fall into that sphere. Complain all you want, but it won't change. BME will continue to be Body Modification Ezine, not “write whatever you want ezine”.

There are other online communities that don't require you to have an interest in body modification., which uses an interface based on IAM so it's easy for ex-IAM members to use, actually has made posting body modification galleries a deletable TOS. Ultimately, if they survive and grow to a similar size and functionality as IAM, they will have to start charging, but for now they're free… If you don't like body modification, and fell into IAM for other reasons, you may enjoy their site.

Anyway, fact is that having a site here — or anywhere — costs someone money. If you don't feel like you should contribute (photos, stories, whatever), then at least answer to yourself the question: “Why does Shannon have to pay for my access? Why is he responsible for paying my bills, and why am I not?”

It's easy to make the case that you've been a good member, but that still doesn't pay the bills. If you have a good answer for that question, feel free to let me know.

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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