I've brought this letter from the miniBB's Contacts page box, and it was actually received 3 days ago. Unfortunately, recently I don't have enough of time to share it to the wasteful emails, but this email seemed specifically interesting to me.
Of course, the person getting such kind of letter, would receive a negative emotion at first. The last sentence says it all: if somebody comes to you and says there are far more better something that you have or offer, you'd feel shamed and angry.
But let's take closer to the analysis of this letter. You will see how an non-meaningful or meaningful information could manipulate your emotions.
The message starts with the "I can't believe" phrase, which clearly proposes miniBB as an unbelievable product. So far so good for me: nothing to feel but a proud that you created something which people can't believe in.
But further, it all goes sad way. Adam obviously messes up something in his perception of zeroes, and the view of the Universe.
miniBB is a standalone product and is not split into pieces. Paid plug-ins may add some extra functionality to the software, but it also freely works without them, like on our default forums. It's a standard approach used by many other programs, which add new functionality to the "demo" version as soon as you purchase the software key.
Even if we consider that the software is split into pieces, even if we call this "a piece" - it's false that there are 100 pieces. There are currently only about 30 pieces, from which only 10 are paid (20 i.e. 2/3 are free), and these 10, in total, do not exceed $150. They actually don't exceed the price of the software which works for few years. You also never asked to buy all pieces at once, like in any other software. You can make it as cheap as possible for yourself, making the choice of payment.
I would ask Adam: hey man, where did you get these numbers? We write one thing, you perceive another thing - didn't you think there is something inevitably wrong with your perception then?
The next sentence is ridiculous. Why would anyone pay for your software while he can get a free software elsewhere?
- oh well, I would rephrase the question: When would anyone pay for your software...?
- and the answer is obvious: after getting, after using of the free software.
The good thing can't come for free. This is just everything you should keep in mind regarding things. There's another thing, if you can't allow the good thing, that's why you're using the free thing. Or if you are too greedy and angry yourself. But that doesn't mean free is better than non-free in any meaning. We live in the world of choices, and everybody makes his own choice. Someone would like to pay for quality. Someone just wouldn't like to pay. Those who pay know what they pay for. It seems, you are just not from this crowd. Nothing to add - stay where you are. How miniBB would be involved in that?
miniBB is purely open source. Accordingly to Wikipedia
, "The term open source describes practices in production and development that promote access to the end product's source materials
". All miniBB codes, even the Premium add-ons, all are open source. Nothing decoded or ciphered. Everything is opened to your editing and watching.
Here Adam has the contradiction with himself. He obviously just don't know what the term "open source" means.
Ok... now let's go more deeply into the most dangerous last sentence. This phrase is actually a never ending cycle of proofs, because it has no proofs. What is better and what is worst? How to compare them? What kind of packages Alex is about? The phrase means nothing.
Resume: this letter may come from the non-educated person, who is weak in maths, visual perception and terms. It's hard to tell what this message means, because it consists of the non-meaningful and false phrases. And if so, it can't affect the emotional side of the reader.
It only made me smile :) We can't rich the Absolute, we only can drink it. That's what I thought reading it.