Freeware/Donationware Do you contribute?

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Freeware/Donationware do you contribute?

Poll closed Oct 18, 2005.
  1. I'm a giver

    2 vote(s)
    25.0%
  2. Just a user

    6 vote(s)
    75.0%
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  1. Rico

    Rico Registered Member

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    Hi All,

    Some of my favorite applications are freeware/donation ware. Applications like SpyBot Search & Destroy, CCCleaner, SpyBlaster, I've donated to. While I was under no obligation to donate, I use these programs & felt good about contributing to the authors, so are you a:

    a) Giver

    b) Just a user


    Choosing "Giver/Just a user" is not limited by my humble 3 examples. If you use it do you....
     
  2. ErikAlbert

    ErikAlbert Registered Member

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    Re: Donations Please

    If I report a bug or a false positive or an approved improvement by the author of the freeware, do you consider this also as a donation ?
    After all I spend my valuable freetime on that :)
     
  3. Rico

    Rico Registered Member

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    Hi Erik, No just $. Using that criteria, after buying commercial software, then making a suggestion would count as a donation. As I spent time thinking & taking time to jot it ddown & get it to them. Or making a suggestion on how the Red Cross could improve operations, is hardly the same as, giving $.

    Take care
    rico
     
  4. ErikAlbert

    ErikAlbert Registered Member

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    In that case I vote for "Just a user", because I can't agree with you. ;)
    If the company would give me a $-donation for all my efforts, than I would give a $-donation.
    For me it has to work in both directions and I'm not obliged to report bugs, false positives, improvements, ideas, etc.
    If I do this and I always do, I consider this as a contribution in kind and sometimes a suggestion of any user can be alot more worth in $ for a company, than a one-time donation of $10. :)
     
  5. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    If I try a donation ware app and it is a servicible stable program I am more than likely to donate. But if a program is advertised as freeware I do not contribute.
     
  6. twig

    twig Guest

    some of the earlier freeware that has now become shareware started off as donations. There are 3 that I donated too 3 or 4 yrs ago that are now shareware. Each of these companies sent me a lifetime licence with regular upgrades.
    Mailwasher (pro) ( firetrust)
    Benign (firetrust)
    Ad- aware se plus (lavasoft)
    so you never know what your little donation can actually turn out to be.
     
  7. WSFuser

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    im just a user, but when i get a job and credit card/paypal, i may donate to programs like spybot s&d.
     
  8. ErikAlbert

    ErikAlbert Registered Member

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    Don't forget that Spybot S&D has also a paid version, just like Ad-Aware.
     
  9. toploader

    toploader Registered Member

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    i recently voted for Bill in the "vote for winpatrol" plea

    if anyone else rates his software i suggest they consider doing likewise ;)
     
  10. Rico

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    Hi Erik, That's news to me that SpyBot S & D has a paid product. I just visited there site & could not find anything. Perhaps you could provide a link. I'd be interested to see the difference between the paid & donation ware products.

    rico
     
  11. ErikAlbert

    ErikAlbert Registered Member

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    I've read this once at SWI and it won't be easy to find that post back. I will try but it won't be easy.
     
  12. Primrose

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  13. ErikAlbert

    ErikAlbert Registered Member

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    I couldn't find the post at SWI, but Primrose saved my skin. Thanks Primrose :D
     
  14. TonyW

    TonyW Registered Member

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    Sometimes should be an option. I do use freeware, and sometimes I will donate, but not always.
     
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