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  1. I think the underlying issue with the post that you have linked to is that it states motivations of people and organizations as fact when in reality they are the opinion of the author.

    I don’t include a donate link in my plugins. And I don’t think that making the donate button more prominent is going to increase donations. The general public perception of open source/GPL software available in public repositories is that it is free. That’s why the donation rate is low.

    Thanks for a great discussion post.


  2. @Ron – You’re right, that is the perception of the public but if plugin authors were expected people to donate in droves, it’s a false assumption. If a plugin author wants to be paid for their work, they charge for it. They don’t get upset by the lack of donations.

    This post was just a way for me to scatch a number of itches that the linked to post gave me. Thanks for the comment Ron


  3. I still don’t understand why the Studiopress model of licensing the product as GPL but charging for downloads and support is apparently OK for themes but not for plugins.

    Did it honestly not occur to anyone, when they were busy bribing commercial theme developers with the promise of official promotion in exchange for going GPL, that plugin developers might perceive this as preferential treatment? I know that the plugin guys didn’t need to be bribed because their work is mostly GPL anyway, and they’re not generally as commercially-orientated as designers, but if theme developers have the option of selling their work with the support of wordpress.org then so should plugin developers. It’s only fair.

    (Also, if Automattic are allowed to distribute freemium plugins/services through wordpress.org then everyone else should be allowed to as well, otherwise you have to expect occasional accusations of profiteering and hypocrisy.)


  4. @that girl again – I agree with you and that’s pretty much what I said in the post. I don’t see any downsides to setting up a page that works the same for plugins as it does for themes.


  5. Thought of something else – I wrote one plugin about 3 years ago that I’ve made at least a dozen custom versions of it for people who were all willing to pay for my time.

    In addition to contributing to the community, I see the repository is a way of getting your name out there and showing what you can do. In applying for a regular coding job, submitting code samples is often part of the application.

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