I know this will never stop. Its not possible. Eventually, everything will get pirated, and obviously that is unfortunate for the developers we have here that are providing excellent add-ons. However, is it not possible to at least "slow" it down some? Yes, I realize this doesn't do much or help much for the "freely released" add-ons, but I am hoping to lure back some of the ones who are creating add-ons and supporting them as a livelihood, or their second income or whatever it may be.
A couple of suggestions....
License Owner or Associate
Yes, it is easy for our developers to see who replies in certain threads, to have them look like "legit" license holders, it is just that they are using an "associated" license. The pirates are chipping in, purchasing a license, and then loading up on forum users for that license and they start hawking all of the add-ons.
- Display somewhere in postbit ( I am certain MANY of our theme makers and stylers can offer some excellent solutions ) if user is the ACTUAL owner, or just a listed "Forum User", as seen here:
- A simple hidden forum (if user groups created) that these developers can see and exchange information. I have started one myself in a simple PM that I have running. After a bit, you slowly can add the pieces together and narrow it down to a certain user at a certain time on a certain day.
- If above are approved, I feel you will see less (or a slower pace) in the piracy of items from here. If the associated user is found, the license owner is revoked as well, along with all associated with that license. A constant battle? Yes. Worth it? For the longevity of xF, yes.
Personally, I don't care if another User Group is made and the ones who release these items are the only ones able to view it, but something has to be done. At least to slow it down. The add-on devs here are amazing coders, but I can see why the really great ones have slowed down to a crawl. Why post anything? It seems as they have no real way of slowing the piracy themselves, other than to only sell to the ones who post here EACH day.
I am not sure if any other place offers something like this or not, I don't venture much outside of XenForo. It has always seemed to be ahead of the crowd so to speak, I feel as though something as simple as this could help out tremendously.
Yeah, so that is my suggestion....