[Ardour-Users] subscription support down, your ideas sought
Justin M. Streiner
streiner at cluebyfour.org
Tue May 13 08:37:47 PDT 2008
On Tue, 13 May 2008, Paul Davis wrote:
> Ardour subscription support fell by nearly 20% last month. Out of the
> thousands of downloaders, just 117 people were subscribing during April,
> and only another 5-10 people made one-time donations.
An idea how many of those were people who cancelled their subscription,
compared to people whose 12-month subscription run ended and they just
didn't renew? Would it be possible to reach out to the people whose
subscriptions lapsed, as a polite reminder, and include directions for
reactivating their subscriptions?
I'm also wondering if an Ardour survey would be useful, to get a handle on
how it's perceived in the community, i.e:
What do you like about Ardour?
How could Ardour be improved?
If you subscribed to Ardour at some point in the past, what made you
decide not to continue subscribing?
> It is vitally important that the financial support for Ardour gets
> distributed across more than just 100+ people and a couple of companies
> (who could decide to change their minds at any time, as SSL did). If you
> have ideas for how to widen the pool of people who support Ardour,
> especially in an ongoing way, please share them with me via this mailing
> list. I'm particularly interested in ideas that don't actually take me
> much time, either in terms of research or implementation.
That's probably a question that's being asked by many people in the Linux
communities, not just Ardour, or even Linux audio in general. Maybe a
write-up in one the larger Linux mags/e-zines (Linux Journal, etc) or even
one of the recording mags would help boost visibility.
Also, would it be worthwhile to have a section on Ardour's website to talk
about Ardour's success stories - people who are using it on a regular
basis in different settings (home studio, live recording, etc), and also
possibly providing samples of work that people have produced with Ardour.
I think one of the common threads in the Ardour community and the
sound/recording geek communities is that people love to talk about their
rigs and show off their work. A mutual plus would be that it can help
counter some of the perception that Ardour is a pain to set up and get
working correctly, and the people featured would get some welcome
My 2 cents.
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