[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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