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Paid Softwares

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Taz, Aug 14, 2010.

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  1. Taz

    Taz New Member

    I think if a forum software comes out new, should be free. Once its gets bigger it should then switch to paid like most software. Also if you had the software when it was free you should be able to upgrade for free.
     
  2. Floris

    Floris Guest

    I disagree.

    if you build a company with the goal to make commercial software, the first version is simply: the first version.

    It's quality, complete, and under commercial license, so it should not be free.

    If you build something and you do not believe in what you can do, or if users will use it, if you can't believe in what you're making .. don't charge for it.

    I would find it a bad business model to release version 1 for free, and ask money for version 2.
     
  3. Andy Huang

    Andy Huang Well-Known Member

    Wait, please remind me when was Microsoft Windows, Adobe Creative Suite, and StarCraft II were free. I want to go back to those times and grab my free licenses...
     
  4. Taz

    Taz New Member

    I meant forum softwares
     
  5. Andy Huang

    Andy Huang Well-Known Member

    Then, please remind me when vBulletin and Jive were free.
     
  6. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Same reasons.
     
  7. Brandon_R

    Brandon_R Guest

    This way doesn't secure the future of the software and does not promote longevity. You get what you pay for. If you want free alternatives may i suggest PHPbb or sMf?
     
  8. Taz

    Taz New Member

    These are just my opinions. IPB used to be free
     
  9. Onimua

    Onimua Well-Known Member

  10. Brandon_R

    Brandon_R Guest

    IPB isn't the rule, they are the exception :)
     
  11. Floris

    Floris Guest

    And for good reason ..

    XenForo will not be free. That's a fact :) Sorry. Start saving money.
     
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  12. Andy Huang

    Andy Huang Well-Known Member

    IPB's little stunt converting from free to paid involved a lot of lies, and out right disgusted admins that left the software and permanently hate the software with a passion. Seeing the history of that, I do not think any one with a conscious business mind would go down the same route.
     
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  13. Taz

    Taz New Member

  14. Onimua

    Onimua Well-Known Member

    That's what demos are for. ;)
     
  15. Tigratrus

    Tigratrus Well-Known Member

    ::choke, sputter, cough::
    Jive is effing absurd pricewise. I'm guessing a lot of novice/hobbiest admins would have a coronary if they got a price quote from Jive :eek:.
     
  16. Taz

    Taz New Member

    demos are for demonstrations, not tests. Everybody uses, not like you can change password and stuff. You need time to test something out
     
  17. Floris

    Floris Guest

    should be, per your opinion.
    But it won't be.

    Internal testing might be free, and will be done most likely.
     
  18. Taz

    Taz New Member

    but still it won't be a full versions. btw great discussion guys.
     
  19. Onimua

    Onimua Well-Known Member

    There are online demos of other products that are not shared by other users and allow you to do a lot, but not everything. :)
     
  20. Hatsu

    Hatsu Member

    And the result is already known :p
     
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