We're beginning to fork into a new market/direction and I'd like to get some input from other site/forum managers and owners. This is in regards to content generation and if you pay writers for their content contribution. If you do not pay for commercial, free lance or internal content generation, then this does not apply to you 1) Do you purchase content? What type of content do you purchase (Articles, Media, Imagery)? Do you pay independent writers? Do you pay in commission or a set rate per article? 2) Do you employ staff writers? What kind of benefits to you provide to content providers? 3) Of the content you receive, do you pay any commercial media service for licensing fees (syndication, etc.)? (Note: I'm sure I need not say this, but just in case, please do not post any figures/rates on what you pay. I'm after methodology and approach in the content model instead of the actual costs of what other people pay.) The location that we are forking will have an attached forum and we are actually trying as much as possible to keep as much as we can in XenForo only. (Now that some relatively functional ad systems have been released, this fork is now commercially viable.) We may still go with WordPress for a front end, but we are working on it, mainly just for the articles which we will tie into the forums in some fashion later on. Long story short, I'd like to hear what other site owners are doing so my partner and I don't go off the deep end. Cheers. PS: I have already done some interviews with writers that are on my short list of authors. Some of the prices they said that they were being paid was a lot lower than I expected. Then again, one guy, with a few writings under his belt, was asking for an astronomical amount.