The point that so many of you seem to be missing is:Pond Life wrote: Why should the developers have to do everything for you? They already give their time and knowledge to create software that they allow you to use, completely free. If you're not willing or able to learn how to use the software and/or run a website then don't. Learn to do things for yourself or employ someone to do it for you. The sense of entitlement displayed by some people makes me spit feathers. It's free software, nobody owes you anything.
If the sofware was user friendly it would gain more following and the coders could start developing apps or plugins or whatever to go with it. They could make money from selling these accessories. Just like they do in wordpress. Work for free yes but build on that to make money.
I personally have hundred of sites where I could make a forum work but it's too much work! I've been dealing with the current one 6 years and would happily delete it tomorrow.
It's not a lack of appreciation for the work that gets put it believe me I've been there myself more than a few times. But once the baby is born.....time to figure out where it's going next and how to really substain it.
Right now the software is poster friendly, admin relatively friendly and webmaster horrible. There's little defense against comment spammers, scrapers or hackers. These are areas people could/should be making money on.
Just consider me an idiot. I'm sure some of you do. But I have a standard for our company. Software HAS to be user friendly and INTUITIVE. Not just for me but for anyone that has to work with it.
Told you someone would get offended.Pond Life wrote:The sense of entitlement displayed by some people makes me spit feathers. It's free software, nobody owes you anything.
It isn't about me being owed anything I'm asking what you owe yourselves for all this work?
I would PAY for good forum software that eliminated the problems. I pay for good software all the time. I appreciate free but I (and others now) are asking why this isn't being made into something better.