1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

A question from a former vb mod developer

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Hambil, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. Hambil

    Hambil Member

    I would like to make the switch, now that I am returning to good health and want to code again. However, I'd like to know the policy regarding for-profit mods. vBulletin was always very reluctant to be supportive of such ventures. It is the main reason I chose (upon returning to find a %200 price increase) to pull my mods. I discovered the former vb developers had gone here.

    What I would like to see, before I contribute my work, would be either 1) a mod/coders/style license, either free or significantly reduced cost as long as certain contribution guidelines are met. Or alternatively 2) a more supportive and co-operative venture in regards to coders getting a return on their work.

    Can we finally leave the "everything must be free and how dare you question it!" mentality behind? Times are hard. You need me, I need you.
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    There are no restrictions or limitations with regards to free or paid add-ons.

    You are free to choose your own model.
    borbole likes this.
  3. Hambil

    Hambil Member

    That sounds great, a follow up - are we allowed at least minimal 'advertising' on the site (e.g. something in our sig pointing to our commercial mod), and perhaps something small in the free release version thread, specifying there is also a commercial version? Those were big sticking points in the 'old days', because you couldn't leverage your free work, which I felt hurt both the quality and availability of good, complex free mods.

    I ask because paid mods have never been strictly prohibited, just difficult to do successfully because of the limits of reaching your audience.
  4. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    I'm fairly certain you can advertise commercial mods here with no issues considering I've seen some in the addon section.
  5. Hambil

    Hambil Member

    That is indeed, excellent news. I think it will do a lot to build the free addons. I know it will get several large addons from me :) I'm actually getting excited about this!
    Dan likes this.
  6. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Several developers already do just that, so again, there are no issues as to how you release, market and distribute your add-ons.
  7. Kevin

    Kevin Well-Known Member

    You may have been gone from the scene for a bit but us vB old fogies remember you. ;)

    Glad to hear you feeling better! It'll be interesting to see what you come up with in regards to XF.
  8. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    What kind of mods did you do before? Or where would your interest go now (maybe it's different now if you had a break?)
    Just curious to know something of what to expect. I love add-ons.
    Peggy likes this.
  9. Hambil

    Hambil Member

    Most likely I'd look to see what users are asking for, and pick the hardest one - unless the subject was really boring. I have a crazy idea (I do not yet know if I can pull it off) of creating an Android App arcade, for one thing.
  10. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    I think Articles are the biggest lack.

    There's Jaxel's Portal and a basic wkii. A blog.
    But a good Articles handler, not yet.
    XF does static html Pages which can be displayed in the main node hierarchy. But that's it - a niche definitely calling for development.
  11. Hambil

    Hambil Member

    That could be interesting... I will thank you all for the wonderful support, get a license as soon as I can, and discuss this more in the appropriate forums :)
  12. Dodgeboard

    Dodgeboard Well-Known Member

    Do a classifieds add-on!
  13. Wired

    Wired Active Member

    Garage / PC spec mod :)
    Steve F likes this.
  14. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    I think you can rest assured you're welcome back!
  15. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

  16. Hambil

    Hambil Member

    That's actually a great idea. One of the things we badly wanted in the 'old days' was a business directory.
  17. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    Well in your place I'd prefer to strike new ground and create a business identity that was absolutely your own in a distinct product without others for comparison. It's rare to have that opportunity because markets crowd up fast. XF is still an open arena so I'd grab that opportunity of marking out your own kingdom.
    Coming in and instantly competing with an existing coder or team will be less endearing to the community. This is an early stage community with strong bonds.
    On the other hand your personal passion counts for a lot too so what kind of coding work it means is important.
  18. Hambil

    Hambil Member

    Yeah, I don't want to compete with other coders. If they write good addons in fact I often offer integration with them from my addons. It may at times be difficult to portray it text, but I am not a business man, I want to write code and have fun. However, I also want to eat :) I will always strive hard to be professional and work with other addons and the bulletin board team itself if and when needed.
  19. Onimua

    Onimua Well-Known Member

    I think you'll also enjoy the fact add-ons are released rather than being shipped off to a sister site. :) When the Resource Manager is released, it'll definitely help handle add-ons and styles properly (similer to how vBorg was set up). There's a sneak peak on how it'll look when it's installed here, if you have seen it.

    A lot of things are definitely developer-friendly, and the XenForo has been built from the ground-up with add-ons and extendability it mind. Once you get a hang of things, it's all up to your imagination. Happy coding! (y)
  20. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Hambil and Saeed like this.

Share This Page