Worth paying for ...

A couple of days ago I received an e-mail that has been sent out by one our our most respected mentors on this forum, regarding the application of a $5 licence fee to recoup the high overhead he has to pay for an OEM licence covering library code, from another developer, incorporated in one of his upcoming Actions.

Need he really have asked or has the world reached such a poor state of discount oriented, buy cheap mentality that we want everything for FREE! What’s $5 in the great scheme of things? Developers, even on the smaller scale, put time, sweat and hair tearing into all sorts of modules that mere mortals like me would never attempt. Actions that make Freeway so straight forward to use for quite sophisticated effects and/or simplify harnessing others’ hard toil into my shiny new creation.

$5 is a measly reward for such endeavours - and if there are enough $5 takers to earn the developer a fortune (probably not!) why not? Developers make the effort while others stand by holding out their hands! And then take all the credit, too, when they get accolades for another’s work on their web sites!!

Sure I’d pay $5 for licensing - over something for ‘Actionising’ as well. It’s a small price to pay for legal use of the original developer’s hard work, plus another’s toil on top. O.K. I can understand the guys and girls who just want to show off pics of the latest offspring, pet or celebration, wanting something for nothing - but anyone who wants to do the job properly, whether or not commercially, should be prepared to pay. Just go down to you local store and say you want an egg to go with that bacon you’re frying (and probably bought elsewhere), but Oh!, you want it for free!

All that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t share, too. (Borrow that egg off a neighbour!). Simple code snippets, ways of working, problem solving amongst any community should always be there (it’s the very stuff of this forum) and not everything should carry a commercial value. However, that doesn’t mean we should always expect it. Rather, we should enjoy more the bonus when we get it. Especially the plethora of Actions for which many have generously devoted much time.

I believe in the simple principle that “if you do the work or supply the goods, you gotta get paid”. Sometimes you may still offer something for free, but that’s just goodwill and neighbourlyness.

Good luck to the developer who puts in the effort and reaps a fair reward. And don’t let clients brow beat you into thinking otherwise.

Colin


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Is there a way to “donate” the $5?

I agree Colin!

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On Oct 30, 2009, at 8:28, ColinJA email@hidden wrote:

A couple of days ago I received an e-mail that has been sent out by
one our our most respected mentors on this forum, regarding the
application of a $5 licence fee to recoup the high overhead he has
to pay for an OEM licence covering library code, from another
developer, incorporated in one of his upcoming Actions.

Need he really have asked or has the world reached such a poor state
of discount oriented, buy cheap mentality that we want everything
for FREE! What’s $5 in the great scheme of things? Developers, even
on the smaller scale, put time, sweat and hair tearing into all
sorts of modules that mere mortals like me would never attempt.
Actions that make Freeway so straight forward to use for quite
sophisticated effects and/or simplify harnessing others’ hard toil
into my shiny new creation.

$5 is a measly reward for such endeavours - and if there are enough
$5 takers to earn the developer a fortune (probably not!) why not?
Developers make the effort while others stand by holding out their
hands! And then take all the credit, too, when they get accolades
for another’s work on their web sites!!

Sure I’d pay $5 for licensing - over something for ‘Actionising’ as
well. It’s a small price to pay for legal use of the original
developer’s hard work, plus another’s toil on top. O.K. I can
understand the guys and girls who just want to show off pics of the
latest offspring, pet or celebration, wanting something for nothing

  • but anyone who wants to do the job properly, whether or not
    commercially, should be prepared to pay. Just go down to you local
    store and say you want an egg to go with that bacon you’re frying
    (and probably bought elsewhere), but Oh!, you want it for free!

All that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t share, too. (Borrow that egg off
a neighbour!). Simple code snippets, ways of working, problem
solving amongst any community should always be there (it’s the very
stuff of this forum) and not everything should carry a commercial
value. However, that doesn’t mean we should always expect it.
Rather, we should enjoy more the bonus when we get it. Especially
the plethora of Actions for which many have generously devoted much
time.

I believe in the simple principle that “if you do the work or supply
the goods, you gotta get paid”. Sometimes you may still offer
something for free, but that’s just goodwill and neighbourlyness.

Good luck to the developer who puts in the effort and reaps a fair
reward. And don’t let clients brow beat you into thinking otherwise.

Colin


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Hi Julie

Thanks for your comment.

Donations depend on trust. In the scenario that set off my rant, the
Action provider needs to pay off a big bill from a library script
developer so that the script can be used in his new suite of Actions.
That needs a more secure way of reimbursement, I feel. Especially as
we all benefit for a mere fraction of the cost.

Colin

On 30 Oct 2009, at 13:11, Julie wrote:

Is there a way to “donate” the $5


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Understood,

but if there becomes a way please let me know…

Julie
On Oct 30, 2009, at 9:35 AM, Colin Alcock wrote:

Hi Julie

Thanks for your comment.

Donations depend on trust. In the scenario that set off my rant, the
Action provider needs to pay off a big bill from a library script
developer so that the script can be used in his new suite of
Actions. That needs a more secure way of reimbursement, I feel.
Especially as we all benefit for a mere fraction of the cost.

Colin

On 30 Oct 2009, at 13:11, Julie wrote:

Is there a way to “donate” the $5


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I had the same email ( i presume ) to which I replied that I was more then happy to pay my share.

I have never expected a free lunch off anyone, a paypal link/url on the read me file of any action would make it easy to contibute if you wanted to.

The actions created save me time and on occasion actually earn me money ! so paying a fair price is well worth it.

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Happy to pay also, i also got the email and am happy to !
wish these actions would rise and were born more and i am happy to pay for them, to make my work nicer, easier, beautiful-er etc.
i would never have learned anything if it wasn’t for these nice actions and i wish i could buy a lot more! ( hint hint!)
it’s not more than fair and i must say, i also know one writer here, ( you all know who i mean) who doesn’t earn a bit for his contributions and i must say, that is not fair also!

He is the man, i have learned so very much from !!! what to do with these kind of very very generous writers? ( who don’t have a ‘donate’ button? and who share and share…)


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