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  1. Miroslav Glavić

    I knew this wou lent go through.

    I always questioned the 60000

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    • Miroslav Glavić

      I knew this wouldn’t go…

      Damn you auto correct.

      You don’t need 60000 AUD to bring out WordPress wisdom

      Jeff & company already do it.

      Hero Press would of been a “clone” of Wptavern.com and other similar sites.

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      • Manolo

        While I do appreciate the idea, i Agree that 60K is actually a lot… to gather and to justify.

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      • Rarst

        Jeff & company already do it.

        Tavern is owned (and funded I presume) by Matt Mullenweg.

        While I think that discussion of crowdfunded budget is fair shot, I find statements about someone “not needing” money distasteful and unpleasantly common in WordPress.

        We all need money. We all need to eat, roof over our heads, and to have other basic needs covered before we can even consider going out and doing things for the community for free.

        When you tell people they “don’t need” money what they hear is that they are not welcome unless they provide free work to WordPress. There are a lot of people around that won’t participate for this exact reason alone. It is one of those very challenges HeroPress tries to cover in its periphery theme.

        Hero Press would of been a “clone” of Wptavern.com and other similar sites.

        Tavern had always been pretty centered on mainline WordPress project. It seems like the center of the world for plenty of people. For others it’s meaningless buzz about things “over there”.

        Tavern does a good job at project and related news, but it has never had much interest or impact on periphery (in my opinion and from where I stand).

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      • Stephen Cronin

        Jeff & company already do it.

        I love the Tavern and have been coming here since it’s doors were opened, but HeroPress was trying to do the exact opposite of what the Tavern does.

        The Tavern generally writes for the mainstream WordPress community. HeroPress isn’t trying to reach that audience at all. Instead, they are trying to reach the people on the very edges of the community (people who aren’t going to migrate over to the mainstream) and then encourage them to become part of the mainstream. That’s not part of the Tavern’s mission.

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  2. Nick Haskins

    This is such a tough break, for any individual crowd-funding something they feel passionately about. It takes guts to put something out there and ask money for.

    In the end, crowd-funding is a sure fire way to test the waters, and validate a business idea before diving in head first.

    I wish these guys the best.

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    • Ajarn Spencer Littlewood

      crowd funding and kick-starter, is a perfect way to generate income and get your idea paid for. Its a farce as are most kick-starter projects. As Captain Sensible said ‘Life’s a Con’
      All charitable movements are really just employment creators and wage makers.. but they only do charity to make sure there is no profit left after paying all the advertising and executives.. thats what makes one company that puts the food on all its employees tables a commercial enterprise, or a ‘non profit’ – non profit doesn’t mean you don’t get paid.. it just means no extra left over money is saved.
      They should fund their own ideas, as do all people who work on their own merits. I would prefer to donate to a beggar kid in the Philippines than donate to some cool web forum project that has well paid people in it anyway

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  3. David F

    That’s very disappointing, I hope they come up with a better plan and meet their goal next time. The idea doesn’t seem to groundbreaking, maybe they need to work towards becoming the top place to share WP information. They got some competition, eh?

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  4. Murray

    Gaining traction is not easy. Found this great example of launching a project on KickStarter- Geared.

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  5. Rarst

    Video updates never intended or claimed to represent final product though. They were just that — updates on project.

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  6. Stephen Cronin

    I don’t understand why there are people who seem to be really against this project.

    I’m hoping it’s just that they haven’t taken the time to understand it properly. The other alternative seems to be that they are threatened by the potential influx of people from different cultures (and gender) into their nice comfortable community. I hope it’s not that!

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    • Kyle

      I’m with you Stephen. To be indifferent to such a project due to one’s own lack of interest or (more likely) a misunderstanding of the concept is understandable. But to take a critical stance against HeroPress just confuses me. Topher and company were seeking to make a major investment in segments of the community that are underrepresented and for the life of me I can’t comprehend why this would bother anyone.

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  7. Jeffrey

    Too bad the project didn’t make it. Hopefully they can learn from it and come up with a new business model that will succeed.

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