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DonationCoder 10th Anniversary plans, ideas, changes, fundraiser?

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Just a reminder, the DonationCoder 10th Anniversary fundraiser will start on monday (mar 23)!
I'll put up a banner and thermometer.

Looks like I missed the main activity period of this thread, but in my opinion DC is great in concept and general spirit. It just needs better tools/implementation.

Due to the many-possible-editors nature of the main non-discussion content pages, I think some form of Wiki makes tremendous amounts of sense. I don't see a WordPress or other such site being as effective as a straightforward Wiki. A Wiki meets all the needs I can really think of, aside from possibly marketing/aesthetic, for which you could perhaps just have a few still static pages, or a Wordpress-powered collection of pages, but even that seems unnecessary if you spend a little time prettying up your Wiki and theming it nicely. Wiki can be edited by anyone, if edits go awry it can be reverted, they can be multimedia-rich (including video, with plugins), have table of contents, glossary functionality, indexes and lists (e.g. list of all software by a particular contributor, list of all software in a particular category), and allow more focused discussion around a given page which could allow e.g. simple bug tracking and app-specific conversation that is more directly tied to the app's page (this makes most sense after a coding snack or other app is developed and made available, i.e. for long-term, ongoing bug discussion, feature requests, etc.

The forums as a community engagement tool are nice, but those and perhaps also the donation/user support system that is tied to them, need some new features which might suggest a new system entirely. I could call out some specific features like user mentions (e.g. @javajones, which improves engagement/stickiness), threaded conversations, easier topic splitting and referencing, better mobile support, better quoting functionality, better notifications, and more. Some of these are possible to implement with SMF, either with plugins or custom coding. A more radical but likely more effective solution would be to consider something like Discourse, which I've been very impressed with thus far (to be clear I am not running my own implementation at this time, this is just what I've seen from its feature set and testing it in its own discussion areas). There are other more SMF-like forums that have some of this capability built-in and might be less of a shock to the existing users, e.g. Burning Board but I think ios a major software change is going to be made at all, it's worth considering something more forward-thinking like Discourse.

As for donations, my first question would be whether donations are really intended for (and at this time really do go toward) not just the site but also individual users. Do people toss a dollar or a 25 cents toward someone for a good, informative post? Do software authors, coding snack writers, etc. actually get many contributions? And if so are they coming from a variety of people, both old and new users, or is it more of a small-ish group of people who support *each other* and the money just kind of circles around? In other words is it more of a token gesture (no pun intended), or an actual, functional, useful part of the site? If the donations largely support the site itself, practically speaking, then perhaps it's best to make that clear or optimize better for that (although if it's working now as-is and there is a reasonable balance, perhaps it's already fairly optimal). If there is a desire to encourage more contribution to individual members, perhaps the site overhaul could help address that with plugins/add-ons to e.g. Discourse and the Wiki, and a better-branded, better-promoted (more "surfaced") donation/support system, something like Patreon/Subbable for example but oriented toward how things work here...

That's my 2 cents for now. Big change is scary and risky, but if you don't want DC to continue to just coast along as it has done for the past few years, then such change is worth strongly considering.

- Oshyan

What about a page of ongoing freeware links related to category,
but JUST the list with a hyperlink - no descriptions, no clutter - maybe some stars for a rating - but that's ALL.
Maybe something like the "Alternative To" site.  
There are lots of top ten lists, and there are lots of freeware sites, but there isn't any singe BIG simple list anywhere.
The freeware sites are never all-inclusive.
Just an idea.


* Firefox
* Pale Moon
* Chrome
* Waterfox

My 2cents:

1. The ;wap, ;wap2 etc, are bloody HORRIFIC to the point I personally would rather sprain my eyes trying to read DC in a tiny font...or not read it at all via mobile.  I rarely visit DC on my mobile BECAUSE of how horrible it looks via the "mobile" versions and how much it hurts my eyes to try read using the standard one.

2. Software on DC is a primary focus of the site, but also one of the most frustrating things about it.  Go ahead and try browse for something random...I dare will be lost in a sea of threads...never really knowing much about it...that's if you can even be bothered filtering through tens of thousands of posts to do so...With this in mind, DC IMHO REALLY needs a Repository of sorts.  It has always been known that DC is about the Donationware...but unless you know the site inside and out...or know exactly what you want and where to find have no chance in hell of getting anywhere.

3.  There needs to be an incentive for people to register and actually stay here...for the moment, most people come here for one reason, and one reason get a license key for one of mousers creations...I don't have the statistic, but I am willing to bet that over 90% of the users registered on DC have <5 posts, and again, 90% of those I reckon will be people who have never yes, DC has big numbers in theory...but what use are registered users if they never post or participate...they need something to make them want to participate...I have no idea what this is at this moment, but if it opens up a discussion then fantastic.

4. Things like the "News Ticker" at the top of the site, make DC look like it is never updated...right now I have the following "News"...

The N.A.N.Y. Challenge 2010! Download 24 custom programs!

How is that news?  That is 5 years ago.....that is NOT news :/ ...  Oh wait...I refresh the page...and I get this:

Check out and download the GOE 2007 Freeware Challenge productivity tools.


...Refreshed the page and now got...


You don't have permission to access /forum/index.php on this server.

I think the DC site knows I am scrutinizing it and has kicked me off's back now though :)

I'm going to bed now but will post more in the morning :)


I'm cogitating on the suggestions -- I wish my brain didn't process these things so slowly..

Meanwhile: 1.5 hours until the opening of the 2015 fundraiser!  :up:

Fundraiser has begun!

Discussion continues: here.


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