This is already in the works.
1. A vote down system for subs only or a dislike button added.
2. Access to the private beta server to give feedback and help with adding themes or features before going live. Actually I know this is already in place, but it would be great if we could get more access to features or even have more input to themes in development.
3. LOVE the idea of monthly give-a-ways! Maybe up the price of subbing by say $10 and use the profits so to speak to pool in for the prizes for that month.
4. This idea is actually pretty out there but I remember reading that Neowin is losing members. Why not have the first competition to design a magazine layout highlighting what the site is, and how it can help the tech minded people and put that advert in a few tech mags? Example would be T3 magazine, and say Windows User or mags like that. Surely a 1 page full advert in say 4-5 different magazines a month wouldn't cost that much? It would be a awesome way to reach new people to join the site!
5. Free T-Shirt
We aren't losing members, daily registrations are pretty steady
We won't ever delay our news 10 minutes (or however long) for a limited small group of people, sorry.. That would just ensure that Neowin is 10 minutes slower to push out news.
I think Darkside is needed anyway, a light and dark version of a website for comfortable reading would seem the logical thing to do anyway, but we can maybe talk about additional themes or features.
One thing I'm considering is a monthly subscription option as well, so people can see what they get for the cheaper full year.
And the removal of blogs, yeah.. I'll be alerting subs soon to back up any content from there as they won't be included with the 3.4 update.