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The Money Problem

Unread postby mr tribute » Sun, 16 Sep 2018, 23:44

I'm thinking aloud. FOSS is the right way to do software. I think we can all agree on that. How to best fund it? I have suggested GoFundMe campaigns in the past, but that wasn't popular. Now I have another idea. What if forum membership costs $10 per year? You can read the forum for free, but if you want to interact with the community and ask questions you have to pay an annual fee.

What do you guys think? Is this a good or bad funding model?

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Re: The Money Problem

Unread postby Moonchild » Mon, 17 Sep 2018, 00:19

This will never work. The forum is the chief place for community interaction and support. Asking for a membership fee would make it inaccessible for community discussion and would imply "paid support" for those coming here to get support, with all sorts of entitlement issues associated with such a thing.
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Re: The Money Problem

Unread postby adisib » Mon, 17 Sep 2018, 01:06

I don't find it acceptable to take away things that people already had in order to charge them for it.

In addition, restricting usage of the forum diminishes its value as a resource. Not only would people have to pay to use it, they would be getting less usefulness out of it. Funding should be used to improve usefulness rather than resulting in the opposite.

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Re: The Money Problem

Unread postby fillerup » Mon, 17 Sep 2018, 03:05

on the plus side, no longer will we see those new accounts with one single post made after a big update, which is full of complaints and a declaration of quitting PM, without the slightest trace of positive sentimentality toward a software they claimed to have used for years :D


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