ok, i have something new i want to try; we talked about this before but i think in the next two weeks i'm going to actually implement it.
suggestions, complaints, fears, etc. are all welcome on this thread.
First let's re-cap current situation:
- the programs available for download on this site are all pure freeware.
- some early releases and the newest versions are often available only for members to download, until after some time they become public.=
There are some real downsides to this approach:
- harder to make the newest programs available for testing by people who might want to try them before joining
- we have to keep multiple copies of each program; and when imp. bugfixes are made, non-members don't get them
So here is what i would like to try. we can always go back to old way if it turns out the old way was better:
- there will be only one version of each program, the lastest version. this includes early beta releases.
- these downloads will be available to public and to members
- we will start using key files for the programs. any member will be able to generate a keyfile for any program very easily through the website, customized to their name or any other info they want in it
- we may add the ability to customize the about box or titlebar in some way when you make your key file
- or you could just email us for a full set of key files
- without a key file, the program will not stop working, and will not have any limits, BUT it will pop up a message after 30 days or so, asking the user to visit our site and either become a member, OR request a freeware non-member keyfile
- the freeware non-member key file will either make the program run forever as freeware with no nags,
- OR make the program run forever as freeware with no nags until they upgrade to the next version and then they will have to request a new keyfile from site again
- OR make the program run for 6months or a year before they need to go to the site and grab another non-member keyfile
Ok so what's the point of the new approach:
- the foundation of this site is the belief that most people who can afford to donate will donate if you can shake them out of their complacency
- but they need a little encouragement, otherwise laziness gets the better of them
- so our approach has been to try to find a way to keep the software free for those who cant or wont donate, but give others enough motivation to go forward with the donation
- and this has the added benefit of bringing people to the actual site if they keep using their original download - rather than simply clicking on an external link and never even bothering to visit us
Ok, so i'm pretty sure i want to at least try this approach, and see how it works, so be kind with your criticisms.
But i do want to hear your thoughts on this.