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Why do people pay to remove the copyright or go branding free?

Discussion in 'General XenForo Discussion and Feedback' started by RobinHood, May 14, 2012.

  1. RobinHood

    RobinHood Well-Known Member

    For me I guess it would be primarily aesthetic reasons to have it removed.

    I can also imagine if someone runs a forum that's a business they may not want their competitors knowing what the software is that powers the site to stop them from building their own. But XF has so many signature looks to it, that even in a heavily modified forum I imagine someone who knows what they're looking for could figure it out.

    Anyone got any other good reasons to remove it?
  2. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    To burn money is against the law...
  3. Floren

    Floren Well-Known Member

    <!DOCTYPE html>
    <html id="XenForo"
    Hard to miss. I personally removed the copyright because I wanted to have just Axivo listed with no linkbacks.
    I also wanted to help financially the little guys... :)
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  4. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    My guess is that very few do this. I suppose it would be one step in keeping a site off the Spammers Radar, though.
    rbharathi likes this.
  5. ENF

    ENF Well-Known Member

    Doesn't matter. When a bot looks at the site source, it looks for common traits for various software packages. It's easy for a human to figure out which software it is, even easier for a bot.

    If we use the branding free version, it's usually to have a clean page with the site or company name on the front, instead of the software company name.
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  6. mrGTB

    mrGTB Well-Known Member

    Think many pay to have it removed for SEO reasons, they don't like a link-back displayed on every page in footer to another site.
  7. LPH

    LPH Well-Known Member


    I started to write all kinds of excuses - security, less clutter, etc - but it really comes down to habit. But the habit started when my brother would release shareware - and people bought it out of appreciation. It is not a bad habit :)
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  8. RobinHood

    RobinHood Well-Known Member

    Can someone explain how the problem with link backs and how it might affect SEO?
  9. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    It's not about hiding the fact you are using XenForo... it's often just aesthetics for your own site.
    iTuN3r, TheRevTastic and yavuz like this.
  10. MagnusB

    MagnusB Well-Known Member

    Your site has a certain value that is distributed between all the outbound links on your site. The more you have, the less each is worth, to put it overly simple.
  11. dojo

    dojo Active Member

    Let's say most forums don't have huge tweaks on their themes, so they can still be tracked to be vb or xf (or any other forum). I never paid for this and wouldn't remove their link anyway. It won't kill my site to have a link to the developer.
  12. Claudio

    Claudio Well-Known Member

    you are wrong...so wikipedia has no value?
  13. MagnusB

    MagnusB Well-Known Member

    Check out link juice. It doesn't matter if Wikipedia has millions of outbound links, each page is evaluated separately, but the more outbound links a Wikipedia page has, the less each is worth, theoretically. I should have said page, not site though.
  14. TheBigK

    TheBigK Well-Known Member

    I opted to buy Branding Free option because that looked like the best way I could help Xenforo make more money ( a drop in the sea, actually ) to fight IB.
    8thos likes this.
  15. MrC

    MrC Active Member

    I bought it because I saw this thread!
  16. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    The only reason that makes sense.
  17. rafass

    rafass Well-Known Member

    The best way to help Xenforo is purchasing the branding removal...
    and do not remove it. :coffee:
    Fred. likes this.
  18. melbo

    melbo Well-Known Member

    I purchase branding free to support the developers who create addons.
  19. Fred.

    Fred. Well-Known Member

    I don't mind the link to xenforo. But I don't like add-ons that place a link on all my pages. So I have some branding free add-ons. Other add-ons have a link on there own page. That's ok.
  20. rbharathi

    rbharathi Member

    Informative thread to know about the facts behind branding free license :)

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