Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 10th Oct 2012 22:37 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Donating to software projects - or, more accurately, open source projects. It's hardly new, it's hardly rare, and I'm sure most of us have donated at some point. That's probably why Canonical has opened Ubuntu up for donations - but with a twist.
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A poll that cannot be crashed
by jal_ on Thu 11th Oct 2012 10:49 UTC
jal_
Member since:
2006-11-02

Just a thought, but maybe this is just a way to poll its userbase for direction, without making the poll easily crashable.

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r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

It might be sufficiently hardened against flooding,but it seems frought with difficulties nonetheless. What if only one user donates $ 2,000,000 to a feature the rest of the world couldn't care less about?

What will Canonical do? Look at the number of donations to an item and strike the above item as not really sought after or are they going to look at the amount of cash and go "We can't decide to not implement this feature! We've received a boatload of cash for this." What is the determining factor here?

People significantly donating to unpopular items will probably get miffed anyways. Their cash will never lead to direct improvements in the areas they are interested in (whatever the methodology) and the one who pays for a specified item expects to get his moneys worth. To me it seems like another Ubuntu headache in the making.

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jal_ Member since:
2006-11-02

I totally agree. I was just guessing at their incentives.

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bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

jal_ posited...

Just a thought, but maybe this is just a way to poll its userbase for direction, without making the poll easily crashable.


Interesting idea, except Shuttleworth and by extension Canonical have made it clear that they don't really care about what their users want. Over and over and over again. Consider how even with a monetary barrier to prevent trolls or manipulation they don't have any option which allows users to comment on whether they would like to see Unity go away or have an option allowing for MATE.

This latest furore over Amazon where Shuttleworth facetiously quipped about already having root on our machines was just the latest in a long chain of instances where they have disrespected their userbase and ignored any feedback to go ahead and do whatever they wanted to do from the start.

--bornagainpenguin

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jal_ Member since:
2006-11-02

Indeed. I'm no fan of Canonical or Shuttleworth, let that be clear.

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