Posted 04 July 2005 - 12:57 PM
Well, well, well.... Now ths is an interesting turn of events. But then considering all the idiots out there who couldn't read the EULA, I guess that I am not suprized.
Abuse? More like downright verbal assault in some cases. A software developer who puts out a product for free at a great personal expense of time and effort should not have to take any kind of abuse. People should be greatful, but sadly, in this day and age, we all know that is not the case with the majority of the populace. For the amount of time and effort that Wraith has spent in providing this product, to get some of the responses that he has recieved, I'm suprized that something like this hasn't happened sooner.
Quite frankly, as a software developer myself, I have to agree with Wraith's position here. For those of you who have not written a single line of code, it takes many hours of typing and critical thinking to write computer software code. That does not even begin to count how many hours it takes to test, tweak, and debug that code to make sure that there are not any major problems and that it will work more or less as advertised. Especially software for something as convoluted as Windows.
Furthermore, this brings up another issue. For my effort of writing a XML code generator for XPlode, the only responses that I have recieved for my effort was the 4 or so when I did the initial released that the 1 after the new version. That's right, since I did the major rewrite, the only response that I recieved was about my choice of compression utility. No good work, no bug reports, nothing. But, when I go to look at the post, I see that it was viewed about 750 times and over 100 downloads was made. Personally, I would like to get SOME feedback, good or bad, but nothing. That kind of makes me wonder if I should or should not continue working on it for the benifit of the community. I will most definately continue development for my benifit though, for as long as it suits me.
Granted, I don't frequent this forum too much, but XPlode is a good product and Wraith should be compensated for it. I personally have no problem with paying the $10 for the software. I for one support his decision in this reguard.
I noticed your comment about those who contributed to the community. How does one know if they qualify for that status or not?