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    3stripe3stripe ✭✭
    edited April 2006
    Interesting... I've been thinking about setting up a swap-shop website for a while... kinda like (Fr)eebay...
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    Freecycle.org is one of those sharing-oriented communities... 2,000 members strong. And in need of better software--they currently use Yahoo! Groups.

    Only kickback in their system is the extra free space when somebody picks your junk stuff up.
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    I like the amazon wish list type of idea. It helps the mind get around the issue of giving away money. And as for cash, $10, $20, and $30 are (in my mind) reasonable. I don't think I'd ever consider anything over those. I've never liked paying for software (at all really) and getting nothing but a zip file or something.

    Maybe there could be an option to order Vanilla and a bunch of extras on a CD or something. That way there is some real value (with having a physical object) to it all. It would be kinda cool to have all the Lussumo goodies and add-ons on one nifty CD.

    I don't like the idea of paying for support, or paying to get advanced releases etc. But as someone mentioned, having a system to "bid" on projects like new extensions, themes, or "super duty" help, sits in my mind just find.

    Mark, you could make shirts and hats too. Even take the easy way and CafePress it or somthing.
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    edited April 2006
    I don't like the idea of paying for Vanilla (or support) at all. It pretty much destroys the part about it being open source. The point of being open-source is that any one can take the software and do what they please (ideally contributing back to the community in the end). It would be shady to call it open-source and then have to pay for the full service. The fact that it was free and open was what caught my attention in the first place. If it weren't for that, I wouldn't have given it a second look. If Vanilla, or its support, ever turns into some kind of copyright-capital service I'm outta here.' On the flip side, I understand the lack of funding, especially with all the work put into it. I like jakob_r's ideas (Vanilla hosting service would be swell - pun intended). The option to order an official Vanilla CD with extras is an awesome idea (Firefox, ne1?) and I would so buy that.
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    lechlech Chicagoland
    I think that krak is onto something with the bid to build extensions/applications angle. Even if it's a few dollars from a couple dozen users willing to chip in to get the ball rolling, it's sometimes enough. Having it listed neatly and managed would be a plus. Material items and the such wouldn't hurt either, hell, I know if I had money to spare, I'd kick mad money at a bunch of OSC projects including vanilla just for creating something awesome and have it be an incentive to keep carrying on with it. Who knows what will happen, but I think that whatever is to be an area of a site which a user needs to subscribe to with cash should be well worth it and then some. Otherwise it's virtually segregating a community which is already on a eye to eye level.
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    ha ha @ It's a delicate balance between paying user privelages and fucking the non-paying ones in the ass, guess there's a need for dirty word filtering too he he
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    *fondles Lussumo Club Secret Decoder Ring and Identification Card
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    WordPress has an excellent support forum and it doesn't cost anything. However, they obviously are doing something to help with the costs (behind the scenes). If it would come to paying a subscription fee, I would have to really ponder what I am doing with Vanilla. It's all a matter of philosophy, the developer and the users.
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    MarkMark Vanilla Staff
    Vanilla will remain free and so will this forum.
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