[Ardour-Users] Donate for your favorite feature (was: Could this solve Ardour's financial headache?)

Thomas Vecchione seablaede at gmail.com
Fri Jan 9 15:53:32 PST 2009

While I believe there is merit to the idea of making donations for features
more visible, I think you are being a bit overly optomistic on how much of a
difference it would make in terms of financial numbers.  Would love to be
proven wrong though.


On Fri, Jan 9, 2009 at 6:03 PM, Stephen Doonan <stephen.doonan at gmail.com>wrote:

> Mark Knecht wrote:
>> Or an active pulldown menu in Ardour itself that tracks what features
>> are requested and how many dollars have been contributed so far, etc.
>> If you could see this in Ardour it might prompt more users to go make
>> a contribution.
> I agree. It's important for users to see exactly how much has been donated
> for each feature so far, and any webpage that has a "Donate for this
> feature!" button beside each feature or feature-request listing should show
> an immediate (upon next view, or auto-refreshing) update after each donation
> so that a donor can see his donation added to the total of donations for
> that request (and feel a sense of empowerment and contentment :-) ).
> Seeing the total donated so far for each request may also encourage greater
> donation activity in general, as a "bidding war" may occur between users or
> groups of users who may feel inclined to donate to their favorite features
> which are being "out voted" by other users or groups of users who want a
> different feature or set of features.
> For example, if I saw a donate-for-your-favorite-feature webpage that
> listed several features at the top as the currently most-donated-for, and
> various MIDI features that I would personally like to see implemented or
> completed appear lower in the list with less donated, I might feel inclined
> to donate to the MIDI features just to raise their priority and position
> within the features list.
> In other words, the donations themselves could encourage further donations
> from both the same people and others. In addition, a "donate for your
> favorite features" program would _actively_ engage Ardour users in the
> development of the program: they would have a say-so and active voice
> (through their donations) in the development process and in which directions
> that development might take.
> Get users involved, help them donate and make their donations actually mean
> something (to them) in addition to the more general "I think you're doing a
> good thing and I support your efforts" subscription-donation program.
> :-)
> Steve
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