[wp-hackers] A question about donation link

Tiago Relvao trelvao at workmedia.pt
Fri Jan 15 18:02:20 UTC 2010

It seems to me that there should be no shame in assuming you want to be 
paid for your work. After all, it's work!

Maybe there should be room in the plug-in directory for proprietary 
wordpress plug-ins with source code included (I believe there's no point 
in obfuscating or encrypting). An official app store with free, free for 
personal use, commercial and open source plug-ins should suffice.

There are already some efforts in restricting the use of plug-ins. 
Either by requiring an api key, a site registration or even by implying 
you should make a donation. This seems unnecessary, to me. I really 
prefer the approach of edit plus (http://www.editplus.com/). The 
software is proprietary, but you can download it and use it with no 
restrictions. It's up to your conscience to pay for the authors work.

Anyway, this is just my opinion...


Mark E wrote:
> Solution: Put the instructions on how to use the plugin on your own 
> site with a link in the admin panel back to your help page - e.g. Do 
> not include a "readme" file with the software package. Then on your 
> site ask for donations. With that done you're in line with this page 
> linked below and no complaint can be legitimately put forth:
> http://wordpress.org/donate/
> Mark
> Mike Schinkel wrote:
>> Serious Question:
>> If someone devotes their time and energy into creating a plugin
>> and/or theme and offers it up via GPL-licensing to the community, is
>> it really so bad for them to put a link in their admin section asking
>> for donation, even if it does request them to link to the blog or
>> click a button that says "I already donated?"  It's GPL so anyone who
>> wants can fork it and get rid of it if they like.  Some developers
>> may not want their clients to see a donation button, but shouldn't
>> that developer who is getting paid give a little back to the
>> plugin/theme developer who helped them get paid?  It seems like being
>> against this is like "biting the hand that feeds..." (with some
>> thumping NiN cords in the background... :)
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