, I absolutely support you in this case :-)
probably minibb is now your main earnings
So far miniBB isn't our main earning, unfortunately. Still it gives too little money comparing to the business of such kind, and we are having our main job, so it is not always possible even to watch the forums each day. However it brings a human interest
to work, and finally it brings a lot of things which are not straightly valued by money. The earnings we receive just stimulate to support this project in general, pay for the hosting fees, reply on forums, continue to develop stable versions of the core and the scripts etc. It wouldn't be possible if we wouldn't earn at least something on it. Without earnings, there is no stimulation to work. Look at other forum software projects (I mean qualified projects, not collective students open source which expires after they finish the school) - how many of them are living for years? 3-4 years is enough for any kind of project that is left by its author later. Either it is a profitable business, either it is nothing.
We are standing very closely to 7 years period - a time when something is needed to change in our life else it will have no meaning. And sorry, developing tons of features is not the main thing on Earth we should take care on.
But I think there should be more free add ons, because minibb now needs to be oriented towards large community forums too.
Your large community doesn't depend on the features at all. Of course any new thing you introduce, will bring positive emotions from your members, specially if it's a well-thought and notable feature. However any community is always based only on what people write and discuss, and how they are exchanging opinions. This is also the main stuff which could give you a profit from search engine view and targeted advertisements.
We think in the current version miniBB has almost everything to manage a big community. Look at the sites like Polish Forums
- they all have started with basic miniBB, but within time, they all have invested a lot in making their forums bigger and better. Still, none of the mentioned sites gives an impression it is using the same engine. That is the main sense we promote in miniBB - make a great start, and customize it to your own wish further, so it is different from others.
someone will prefer another free forum with more basic functions, don't you think
We think yes, absolutely, but preferring a forum software is not the key to success, and we could reply only: why not? If you like Alpha, why to go for Omega? Take your Omega and be happy, but let us enjoy the Aplha.
It can have 1000+ features, but the community always starts with a topic of discussion. If you think the good community is about constant chatting with no end and visible sense, where most of replies are consisting of smilies only, we don't think it's useful. And it's not very intelligent at all. Our software is pretending to be intelligent... not for wide masses
as we propose it.
So when you are choosing miniBB, you are choosing the style of life, the genre of thinking, philosophy of your own. It's the same principle as miniBB team is living by. And when you are standing behind the community, it's like we are standing behind it, too. It's not like about a lot of features at all.
I'm living now without many essential parts of minibb, although my forum's members are asking me everytime to make anything with this
Why not to ask your members pay for them? You can give them Karel's words. No shop gives you the milk for free; Internet is the same. It will be completely paid sometimes. You don't get the things if you think Internet is free. It's free only because somebody has paid for it already.
Also, it is one of the main plans of miniBB too... You get the software for free, free basic support and some other things to start. Here is the sense, because if you have a bad start, you probably won't even need to support it in the future and can close the project with no loss. However if your project grows, it's time to think how to earn on it and how to invest in it.
You are a young man and should be even more open-minded in that case than anybody from our team ;-)
I have just said that the amount of add ons in my opinion needs to be enlarged.
Your opinion can't be counted because it is still the only one. I think it's a mistake of most open source software developers, when they are counting on just one idea. Somebody comes to their forum and gives an idea which is then supported by 3-4 people. They are developing it, it brings even more bugs and holes; then one idea brings another and it looks like never ending process: new ideas - new programming - new errors - ideas how to fix new errors - fixing of new errors - new ideas... A cycle which always leads to nowhere. Ask any big software developers how they achieve the stable thing with hundreds of programmers... and they will answer you: we have a plan and follow it. If we don't follow the plan, we can't finish the program.
But WE are trying to finish the program, we have a plan and we follow it. That's why I am answering you: no more feature will be developed in the nearest months, except for the features which can be paid straight away. We are not interested in changing our strategies just because somebody may need it
I don't argue, there are very useful opinions and ideas which could be
useful for tons of people, if implemented; but... how could we know that
? The only one way to know that is to implement that and look how it works in a crowd. Most often the crowd even does not pay attention to it; and it becomes the feature which is developed only for the person who suggested it.
I personally don't see much sense in digging posts
. It is not a purpose of forum. It doesn't bring anything useful to forum at all. What do you have to say against? Why do you think it could be useful?
If I would had for example, hundred of people here asking for digging posts add-on, like it was with smilies add-on sometimes, I would definitely give it a go. However with only your opinion and no business you have, why would I being interested even to listen to it...
Sorry for so long post - I will be never tired to talk about the concepts :-)