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  1. Member yoda313's Avatar
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    This poll is from freebird73717 - THANKS!!


    Do you donate to open source software?

    Yes. The programmer(s) deserves to be rewarded for his/her effort at offering free software.

    No. If I donated then it wouldn't be free anymore.

    No. As much as I'd like to donate I can't because I'm broke. wink.gif

    Sometimes. If it is really great software then I donate at least a little bit of cash to the author.

    Other? I donate time, testing, etc....
    Donatello - The Shredder? Michelangelo - Maybe all that hardware is for making coleslaw?
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    I think I did it once....but can't remember what software it was.

    And thanks yoda for keeping the polls alive!
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    @baldrick - sorry for the delay. I usually try to keep it no longer than 7 days between polls.

    I actually haven't been online all week until yesterday. Just doing other stuff.....
    Donatello - The Shredder? Michelangelo - Maybe all that hardware is for making coleslaw?
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    If it's a program I use regularly, I usually donate to the author(s). It's a great way to encourage development of open source and freeware programs. And I use a lot of freeware programs, VirtualDub, VLC, RipBot and dozens of others. I think they are what keep this hobby alive. I also try to send the author(s) a thank you note, which surprisingly they don't seem to receive that often. I have gotten some nice replies back. They do appreciate recognition for their time and effort.
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    Other for me. Time (spent coding my own free software), testing for others software.

    Originally Posted by redwudz
    I also try to send the author(s) a thank you note, which surprisingly they don't seem to receive that often. I have gotten some nice replies back. They do appreciate recognition for their time and effort.
    I've gotten a few nice messages from some members who have used my software. It is nice to get a little positive feedback on something that you've put a lot of effort into. Makes you want to continue it.

    Yoda thanks for including my idea for a poll yet again!
    Donadagohvi (Cherokee for "Until we meet again")
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    I donated to ImgBurn.
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  7. I do, only if I actualy use it.
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    When the software is great and I use it often, then yes.

    Examples: Mirc, LView, Zip, Imgburn, ...
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  9. as (hobby) software developer i like donations and usually half values of donations i got, i donate to others software developers

    BHH
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    I haven't gotten any cash, but I did receive a nice set of swords for helping a user in Japan.
    http://download.videohelp.com/liquid217/swords.jpg
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    Yes I have made donations 2 open source and open source resources EG Doom 9 which im not 2 impresessed with of late.
    I have also found people r biased against softwarte u have 2 pay 4 A good example being Badaboom
    Alot of open sorce software just dosnt work as well as software u have 2 pay 4
    Alot of people kid themselves free stuff is better EG Badboom which u have 2 have a more expensive video card eg nvidia 200 series .Honesty Is the best policy If u dont have the coin dont kid yourself free open source is better
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    Originally Posted by liquid217
    I haven't gotten any cash, but I did receive a nice set of swords for helping a user in Japan.
    http://download.videohelp.com/liquid217/swords.jpg



    I got a lot of cash for my site(read vcdhelp) some years ago when I didn't had that many banners/sponsors. But none for my software (vcdimagergui... )
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  13. I donated to Gom encoder, now they want to sell it. I guess, I'll buy it. Is it kind of like paying twice?
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    sincerely, i can't find my option in the poll:
    in my country is hard to send money for outside and i don't trust in the way that it works here.
    not means that i have big money to send.
    i have more free great programs running perfectly, in the other side some that i buy in shops work "more or less" and have more interface than results.
    some free progs do miracles!!!

    cheers for developers of open source, i will find a secure way to send some.

    edit:
    seems that i can vote in "I donate BIG time, BIG testing, sending ideas, sometimes finding little issues(some people call as "bug", not me)..." etc.
    example: yesterday and today i tested one wave multitrack 5.1 to flac with more than 7Gb ...6 times!!! no lazy here to help.
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    Originally Posted by freebird73717
    Yoda thanks for including my idea for a poll yet again!
    Glad to do it. Helps me recharge a bit and come up with something of my own later.
    Donatello - The Shredder? Michelangelo - Maybe all that hardware is for making coleslaw?
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