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26901  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: duh, how do i get this to work? on: December 21, 2005, 07:00:14 AM
there has been a discussion of bookmarking addon for simplemachines forum but i haven't found a good one yet.

if anyone finds any good ones let us know.
26902  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Change to Official License Key Policy on: December 21, 2005, 06:31:59 AM
Is there any evidence that requiring licenses actually makes any difference to fund raising or participation? It is sobering to see how many people sign up to the site (presumably to get a license key) but then don't want to participate.

this is *the* question to ask.  because if the answer is that it only makes a small difference, then we should remove the license key stuff immediately.

there are clear disadvantages of using license keys, including added complexity, and some inevitable confusion and frustration from users.

so the question is, do the benefits of it offset these drawbacks.

as you say, the purpose of requiring license keys is:
  • to get people involved in the site; by signing up at the forum for a license key it means they have already taken the time to sign up at the forum, and so participation should be easier and less effort after that.
  • to get them to visit the site and look around, and unless they choose not to, to receive a newsletter every few weeks telling them whats new and hopefully keeping them informed about the site so they don't forget to visit.
  • through 1+2+ the small inconveniences of having to use non-member license keys, to motivate those who are willing to donate to actually go through with it.

the hard part is actually determining how much it is really helping these aims.

we've made clear that none of the procedures are set it stone, and i'm not wedded to using license keys at all if they are, on the whole, counter productive.

anyone have any suggestions as to how we could make such an assessment?

i can think of a few things we could try:
  • conduct a serious poll of people who have donated so far (and really try to emphasize how important it is for people to take the poll and answer truthfully), and ask these people if they think they would have donated if there was no license key thing or requirement to sign up.
  • conduct a poll of people who have posted on the forum at least once to vote in a poll about whether they think they would be participating if they hadn't had to sign up at the forum.
  • maybe we shouuld consider making a real 1 page survey (not a simple poll) that asked some other questions that would be useful to know the answers to, like feelings about donationware, how people would like to see website evolve, etc.
  • spend a couple of months releasing versions that don't use license keys of any sort, and see what changes we seen in donations, forum discussions, etc.

some options for future changes:
  • remove all license key use
  • or allow people to sign up at forum and then get full non-expiring license keys like all members do.
  • or keep things basically the way they are now
26903  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: duh, how do i get this to work? on: December 21, 2005, 05:15:18 AM
ok, i think i can help a little.

the checkbox marked "Receive forum announcements and important notifications by email."
that's the one that governs whether you get the newsletter, etc.

the section titled "Current Board Notifications
You aren't receiving notifications on any boards right now."

is used when you mark a SPECIFIC thread/post as one you want to be notified about when someone replies.
so basically while you are reading the forum if you find a thread/post you are interested in, you click the notify button (see below) and it will add it to your list of posts to notify you about.  at least that's the theory.  the other options just affect details of how to handle your notify list.

26904  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: great apps to put on your USB stick on: December 21, 2005, 05:10:10 AM
don't forget this site : http://portablefreeware.com/

even though they weren't exactly understanding of donationcoder.com (see http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=1784.0) they still seem like a good site with their heart in the right place.
26905  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Change to Official License Key Policy on: December 21, 2005, 05:06:40 AM
just an update from portablefreeware.com which was mentioned earlier in the thread.
i've spoken to the admin of the site.  he was very nice but decided that in his opinion the software here does not meet their definition of freeware and is instead nagware, even with the new more liberal license key policy.  not a big deal, just giving you an update.  he also suggested that we try to clarify the fact that people will need to download a license key and he might be right about that, so it's something to look into.

another idea that i thought of is, we could make it so that every program stops all nags and any need for a license key at all after 1 year of it's release date.  in other words, all releases over a year old become pure old fashioned no-key-required freeware.

Personally it's hard to understand why people wouldnt want to go through the super minimal effort of generating a freeware license key from our site, BUT, this would also satisfy any worries people might have about finding themselves one day without a useable program if they can't download a key for some reason.

some shareware programs give out older versions of their soft as freeware, this would be like that, except all versions are free, and this would be autamatic process whereby all releases cease needing license keys after 1 year.

the downsides would be:
1) need to keep around older releases for people to download
2) added complexity of explaining yet another option
26906  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / New Newsletter Subsection of the Forum on: December 21, 2005, 04:26:27 AM
We've started making the twice-monthly newsletters available online now, in their own special subsection of the forum.
That way they are archived and always available, and the email mailings will only contain a brief summary of the contents.

URL for the new Newsletter section:

You can also subscribe to an RSS feed for the Newsletter section by using this url:
26907  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: What's the correct abbreviation? on: December 21, 2005, 03:57:40 AM
the real answer is, when naming programs, a lesson i wish i had learned earlier is: dont user the word AND in them, it only brings you trouble.  it's hard to search for and hard to abbreviate.
26908  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: The GodFather - Audio File Manager with Scripting on: December 21, 2005, 03:39:06 AM
let's not forget that elsewhere on this forum there have been extremely rave reviews for another freeware mp3 tag tool, mp3tag:
26909  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Request : 10 last clip in the CHS icon context menu on: December 21, 2005, 02:49:55 AM
that's a very good idea, i'll add it to todo list.
26910  DonationCoder.com Software / Mircryption / Re: mircryption working with gaim as an irc client (and maybe also for chat...) on: December 21, 2005, 01:02:41 AM
it's not something i have time for currently; however as you know mircryption is open source and i'd be more than happy to try to help out anyone who wanted to try to use it to make a gaim addon.
26911  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Samorost - beautiful puzzles on: December 21, 2005, 12:51:16 AM
cliff, you're always welcome to excerpt anything i write on the forum for use in your newsletter+wiki as long as there's a link back to the original.
26912  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / 2006 Independent Games Festival - Student Showcase Entrants on: December 21, 2005, 12:43:40 AM

past winnners on that page too - might make for some fun discoveries.
26913  Special User Sections / Activation/License/Language Help / Re: Wecome - READ THIS FIRST! on: December 20, 2005, 11:09:57 PM
mhshore, you can download license keys from this page: http://www.donationcoder.com/Keys/index.php

(also, if you've donated to the site you should have received an email with information about how to upgrade your account to charter member).
26914  DonationCoder.com Software / Dr.Windows / Re: Sorry, I don't approve on: December 20, 2005, 11:04:18 PM
yeah, i hear ya..
this was a one time little joke app, it's not the kind of thing we'll be doing much of in the future.

the only real defense i have is that if this is the worst program someone uses to pull a prank on you, you probably got off easy.

i do hope though that no one uses this to aggravate others.

only use in close supervision of prank target so as to avoid any confusions!
26915  News and Reviews / Older Newsletters / Re: Newsletter 2005-12-20 - Codename "brotherS gets it going" on: December 20, 2005, 06:27:09 PM
i agree with everyone - i love the new online newsletter format.  was a great idea brotherS.
26916  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Preferences not saved on: December 20, 2005, 06:01:33 PM
ill have a fix this week; for now the work around is simply to fully exit the program from the tray and your settings will be saved; it's only the reboot or windows shutdown that is causing it to fail to save any setting changes.
26917  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How fast is Microsoft? (Re: Has any one held off on upgrading to Firefox 1.5?) on: December 20, 2005, 08:13:08 AM
im curious to see how the other ie based browsers react to ie7, and whether ms will make life harder for them.
26918  News and Reviews / Older Newsletters / Re: newsletter poll on: December 20, 2005, 08:05:23 AM
yeah, im like hirudin as well.
i'm also in the category of people who does not like to be forwarded stuff.  my favorite thing is not getting an email from a relative telling me that that signed me up to some massive spam list because they though i might be interested in hearing daily offers for entering the new zealand lottery.
26919  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How fast is Microsoft? (Re: Has any one held off on upgrading to Firefox 1.5?) on: December 20, 2005, 07:14:03 AM
26920  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA - encrypted-SFX-EXE to see secret text on: December 20, 2005, 06:40:20 AM
i vote for a separate write password (user could use same one if they didnt care);
only with a valid write only password would you be able to modify contents and change passwords.
26921  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: nudone's new pc on: December 19, 2005, 06:34:29 PM
timely post that might be relevant?

"My PC Hell - The Fatal Flaw, and the Surprising Solution"


26922  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: "Stop Me From Closing It" - prevent easy closing of a program on: December 19, 2005, 05:55:01 PM
yeah, blocking min and max would be unfortunate.
26923  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: CPUShare - The Low Cost Supercomputer on: December 19, 2005, 05:08:34 PM
that's a very interesting idea.
26924  DonationCoder.com Software / FlipSuite and Flipbook Printer / Re: Ideas for future versions? on: December 19, 2005, 04:33:30 PM
good idea about page number on first page (a cover page can fix that too though, since cover page doesn't get numbered), and in the new version you can tell it to use first frame of movie as cover page btw.
26925  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / The Avenging Unicorn and other Unique Gifts - mcphee.com on: December 19, 2005, 03:08:46 PM

one of the gifts:
Everyone wants an imaginary unicorn friend that they can call forth to smite their enemies. The Avenging Unicorn Play Set has everything you need to use the power of the unicorn to rid your life of irritations. Put the posable, 3-3/4" tall, hard vinyl unicorn on a flat surface and then impale one of three 3-1/8" tall, soft vinyl figures included (businessman/boss, new age lady and mime). Also includes four interchangeable horns (classic spiral, chrome, glow and pearlescent).

[linked from boing!boing!]
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