First and foremost, we are not "glamour models," this site started out as my personal glamour portfolio and grew what it is today, there is more in the about us
While I'm not sure how much you follow here, every link is clearly labeled and this forums software is the same used by some of the largest forums in the world, some ten to 20 times bigger than this forum. It's also used by many photography websites. On the navigation, I've been working on improving it and first decided to launch ImageDots.com
with the newer version of this software (first as a test bed and to learn from it) and are working on the search features. I've been slowling working on this site. If you look at the front of this site, you'll see the Google links how we are ranked #1 by them in glamour photography as well as other search terms.
I am currently the sold webmaster, the sole programmer, the sole coder, the sole jack of all trades. I do have help in customer service emails from Michael Dean and some great forum mods. If you've ever had a site this big, you just don't say one day I' want to make it look this way or do this thing--if you do, you stand the chance of breaking something, like the database and losing everything--hence why ImageDots (ID) started out empty--I built it in three days with no sleep and I'm still working on it even though I fly to Atlanta in a few hours and return on Monday.
Once we get folks to try out ID and tell us what is good/bad on Imagedots, we'll incorporate some of that here, the idea is to make everyone's profile page your page. Here is the current page for me, here is the new way that is coming.
(though shown on Imagedots.com we'll also have this on G1 soon, notice the entire gallery is on our home page)
The new method, with your gallery, also has a "lightbox" effect, go head, go to the page, click on the photos, see what happens. While we're still going to have our galleries, our idea is to have your profile and gallery all at one central point. The new system will also allow comments, like most sites are doing along with customizable CSS or templates for your page only.
Is this site totally about me as you claim, no. But I'm the sole programmer, webmaster and admin on this site, and I'm not paid. In exchange for what I do and beyond that like marketing, coding, etc., it's only fair that I get something in return--again, this site started as Rolando's personal site. When people started asking to be on here we expanded it. While it's no longer my sole, personal portfolio, it's my responsibility. Like all communities you have to have a "mayor," and while I'm not too much into politics, I am the mayor, you are the citizens, and some of you are even more, like forum police. It is a community, it's never been a secret who runs it at the helm. (Excuse my tpyos, lack of sleep)
I don't however do all of it alone outside the html/programming, I have some partners that do some work, some that don't. We also have forum moderators. We also have the community we rely on to help us when there are issues. We are bootsrap, not making a dime, more self perpetual and it's not always easy. I can't even tell you the thousands of dollars I've put in this site to keep it going--out of my own pocket, so yes, it's a place I will promote my wares. However, take a look at all the content of this site, besides the articles I've written, which anyone is allowed to write and contribute, only, maybe 5% of it is my personal stuff.
One banner for my book which this site makes 7% back from Amazon on to help pay for the server, and of course a box on the front page for my workshops. I might add, it takes up about 1/6 to 1/8th of the entire front page.
Now is it really about "Rolando" as you put it, yes to some degree, but it's more about what Rolando believes in and that is spreading the Gospel of Photography--read the Sept. issue of Rangefinder, they nailed it when it comes to what I've been through.
No on canceling the membership, you're free, as a Lifetime member to not post, not accept emails, not accept PM's, delete your photos, not come here, not do anything--that in itself is cancellation. I will not remove you because of a "frustration" because 98% of the time, people that asked to be removed come back wanting to be added on, we are swamped enough with customer service emails. But the truth is this, you made a commitment to be a Life member, stick with it, give it time, believe and it will come to reality.
There are tons of model sites, we are a photography site that provides resources to all and certainly having models on this site is a resource we want. We started as photography site and we have not plans to be a "glamour models" website--that would be losing our focus.
I've heard it thousands of times, I don't like this, I don't like that, but when we make someone happy and fix what they don't like, then comes along another psrson complaining about why we changed it and now they don't like it. That's not to say we don't listen, we do, and everyday, when I'm not traveling, I'm up till about 4:30 a.m. and I wake-up around 6:00 a.m. to help get my kids ready to school. For the last two weeks that I've been home know this, just look at my post times.
Heck, recently Sally, Holley, Malloy, Tony, Mark and some other folks have been to my home, Sally, Holley and Malloy stayed here for almost a week, as my witness they can tell you they always ask me one question, "when do you sleep?" If I'm not on this website I'm writing, post-production or on the phone--sometimes I wonder if my wife and kids know who I am anymore. Do I take posts like yours personally, of course I do, because I hate unhappy community members and right now I so stretched thin, each unhappy remark is like hitting me with a sledge hammer.
I'm not asking for pitty, I'm asking for patience, for faith, we're almost there, very, very soon. I wish you the best, don't give up, stay put, what do you have to lose?
On your last question, why would you send models here, well, first there are photographers here, good ones, great ones, and we're not convoluted community, we are who we are, (I am that I am).
Thanks for your support, thanks for being a part of the G1 community and family, thanks for your feedback, sincerely and passionately, rg sends!