Yesterday I shared a video from an event I organised in July in this thread:
We're giving away free access for a limited time, but an email address is required to gain access. Usually we charge for video from our events for a few reasons:
1) It costs money to produce the videos and we want to sustainably continue doing that for future events.
2) It costs time to package up the videos and we think they're more valuable with audio, transcripts and notes.
3) Hosting video is relatively expensive. And we don't think you should have to sit through ads to watch them.
I felt an email address would be a fair exchange for this offer. Afterall, if you're interested in one of the videos we produce you're very likely to be interested in other videos and events we produce. And so you'll likely want to hear about more.
I posted the video here because I felt it was a useful resource that you would want access to. I didn't feel comfortable only promoting our next event which requires the purchase of a ticket to attend. But it is clear that some of you feel this was boarderline spam.
So the question is what would you all prefer I and others in similar situations do in future?
Note, I've not posted this in meta as I'm interested in how this applies more broadly to forums in general.