Re: [Geary] Use "archive" feature need to raise money?


I am not a Geary/Yorba developer myself, but I am a developer (professionally and recreationally) and a contributor to a few open source projects. First of all, it is very rare that anything is as simple as it seems. If that were the case, a non-trivial application would take only weeks/months instead of years to write, test and distribute. If the feature is as trivial as you think, the beauty of open source empowers you to contribute the code to add the functionality you want. Or you could have a friend do it if your not a developer. Don't be surprised if your friend asks for a bit of money though. It's the exact same scenerio as the developer of the project asking for a bit of money. 

Secondly, writing code and distributing it freely may not cost the users any money, but it does cost the developers significant amounts of time, and as we all know, time == money. So while many open source projects rely soley on donations to fund the overhead of maintaining servers, and continued development, sometimes it's not enough. Asking for money to implement a feature (trivial or not) should be a much more common thing.

I actually do wish that more open source projects where more agressive about asking for money (while still providing a cost free way of obtaining it).  That way, people with the financial resources to contribute would be reminded and more inclined to do so. While people who are not financially capable could still benefit from the contributions of others. Open source is arguably one of the greatest things to happen with software, yet if no one backs open source projects financially, many of them will simply cease to be developed.


Marc Thomas | Github: mthxx | @mthx_

On Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 12:28 PM, Federico Bruni <fede inventati org> wrote:
Il giorno mar 17 mar 2015 alle 18:15, Pétur Viljamson <peturvilj gmail com> ha scritto: > I have to admit I'm shocked by the following message (see below). > Geary developpers ask users to pay for a feature (Archive for > non-Gmail servers). This feature is very simple (it consists just to > be able to set a folder as "archive" and to use "archive" button to > move emails to this folder). It is very simple but without this > feature, it's not very efficient to use Geary with professional (not > Gmail/hotmail) emails (you have to move emails with the mouse). > > It seems to me that Geary developpers want to use the need of this > feature to raise money. One could think it is the reason why this > feature request was open since so long (feature request created in > 2012). > > I have no problem to donate money. I have more problems to > (financially) support a feature which doesn't require a lot of work. > > Geary developper, just ask if you need funding, don't haggle a key > feature for money! Dear Pétur I'm not a Geary developer, just a user with no coding skills. If you think it's an easy task, do it yourself or ask some friend who can code to do it. I have a feeling that it might not be as trivial as you think.. but again, I'm not a coder. Geary developers, well at least Yorba developers, don't collect bounties. Bounties are meant to attract new developers IIUC. Read here: _______________________________________________ geary-list mailing list geary-list gnome org

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