Highway of Life wrote:
But I just want to say that even if there were going to be some big fund raising effort for the developers,
we, as the community should not "expect" anything more from it.
And I think that's the biggest thing they are trying to avoid.
Yep. The reason for which someone may want to do something for others totally for free, is because there's something he considers more important than "profit": freedom.
Once you got one cent from someone, even if "for mere support and with no obligation", you're somewhat "dependent" to him, or "subject" to his opinions and desires.
"Sh*t, I can't believe I donated 100$ for this project, and now you don't even consider the idea of adding a feature as small and useful as quick-reply! If I knew, I would have used that money for something more deserving! If you only wanted to create this software just for yourselves, you'd better not have built a community around it!"
Imagine if someone "donates", say, 500$, and then asks for a tiny tiny modification or feature, that would be very useful for him...
And imagine if, after 50,000$ of donations, some of the devs decide that the time has come to change their life: give up phpbb and commit to something else. "So, once they got a little cash they deemed it was the right moment to disappear, eh?"
There's always a certain risk involved when dealing with real money. You can state clearly what the purposes of such donations are, but there'll always be someone who expects something "in exchange", be it the simple promise that devs will carry on developing the software (a promise that they're probably not inclined to make) or something more.
I like the idea of support via community merchandise or stuff like that. They probably don't like the idea of direct funding. (Staff, correct me if I'm wrong.)
But I do. As a happy and committed phpBB user, I am a vital part of the phpBB project. Remember that with no users, there's no phpBB.
So, feel free to contribute in the following bank account. I'll appreciate any donation that will make me work harder in administrating my board, finding bugs and pestering the devs until they fix them, so contributing to the development of this great piece of software.
PS: by the way. Anything but bears. I've developed some kind of deep hatred towards Bertie-Spank-Me Bear. As soon as I get my hands on him I may put him in the washer and let him enjoy a 90°C washing ride.
Noo, why you ban me?? That's unjust!! Help!