Language Learning and Teaching with the aid of Technology

This is to let you know that we have signed up for the Ning Mini pricing plan, so this Ning will continue to exist in its current form. We are therefore not migrating to a new network. The fee is modest at $19.95 per year, plus a discount for early payment. This fee is to be covered by EUROCALL. There is a drawback, however, as the Ning Mini plan restricts us to 150 members:

At present we have 107 members, so we are well below the limit and we are not charging you for membership. If we reach 150, however, then there is a big jump to the next level pricing plan at $199.95 per year, which means that we may have to start charging for membership or migrate to another cheaper or free network. I would therefore ask all existing members to consider how committed they are to keeping this community going. If you feel that this community does not reflect your interests then you may consider leaving it to make room for new members. But please don't feel that we are trying to push you out. You are welcome to remain a member even if you only browse the Ning from time to time. Please have a look at your profile and tell us as much as you can about yourself. I notice, for example, that not everyone has indicated their Second Life avatar's name in their profile. It would be helpful if you could do this as we can then identify you inworld as being one of our members.

So far we have not had problems with spammers barging in on this network. I have only had to eject two spammers who sneaked in, but I have blocked about a dozen others who applied for membership and were obvious spammers. A simple Google search showed that they were well known for their activities.

I look forward to keeping this community going. We have been in existence since September 2009, and I am delighted with the progress that we have made.

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