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10 years 1 month ago #113541 by nant
tophermichael wrote:

Wait a minute, so you are implementing and giving away a product that doesn't do what it specifically says it does? In order to get the working version you have to pay for a damned subscription? I believe that we call that a "bait and switch" in the marketing world. Pretty poor tactic man, pretty poor indeed. I came here looking for a solution to getting what is supposed to be a function that comes with the plugin only to see that I have to get a different version.


It works for Joomla 1.0, the version that existed when the plugin was first released for free.

Same holds true for a number of plugins also released by CB Team. CB Profilebook and Autowelcome are also available for free for Joomla 1.0 series and available for Joomla 1.5 for doc subscribers.

The damn subscription is the only way to keep this site going. The subscription has been around for quite some time now and fortunately some community members have graciously helped out.

The CB Team has always been looking for ways to thank these contributors. One method has been to give them early access to work in progress in release candidate form.

Before the CB documentation subscription we had a donation button that was usually just ignored by people.
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10 years 1 month ago #113547 by tenzo
I just have to chime in and defend the subscription model. I too, posted earlier in this thread that I was confused that the plugin didn't work as I expected. Nick then clarified with information that had already been posted on the site, which must have been frustrating for him.

I then thought about my options, quickly decided that the value for money, not just for this plugin but for the CB package as a whole, was WELL worth the subscription price, and subscribed.

As a website developer, I greatly appreciate the Open Source model and the options and flexibility it provides. I love being able to experiment and try out new programs and features before (usually) I have to buy them, if they cost anything at all. It greatly helps my business model to be able to produce high value websites without spending huge sums for the underlying software.

On the other hand, the people providing that software have to have sustainable business models as well. Just because someone is kind enough to give us something for free once, a dozen, or even a hundred times, we should not develop the entitlement mentality that they should forever and always give us something and everything for free. I do some volunteer projects and I do some paid projects; I can't afford to spend all my time working for free. I expect most developers are in the same boat. If we don't allow for and support a sustainable model for Open Source developers, then the Open Source movement could collapse and we'll have to go back to Microsoft and the fully proprietary model. Then we can complain about cost!

For a large, feature-rich website I may spend a couple of hundred dollars in subscriptions and license fees, but when I look at what it would cost me in time or money to obtain or develop those features myself, it's a bargain! Many of those I can use across mutiple websites, so my average is in fact lower than that. For me, that's money well spent and a sustainable model for everybody.

Nick, please keep up the good work.
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9 years 8 months ago #126831 by Mike9
Yes Nick. B) You are doing great job!

Thanks.
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9 years 8 months ago #126975 by krileon
Believe this issue is addressed, thread locked.

Thank you to those above as your kind words and support are greatly appreciated.


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