I provide a free forum for about 1,700 users. The only way I can afford that is because of Google Ads, so I would like to request an Ad Management plugin for Wedge.
« on January 23rd, 2014, 05:54 PM »
Thanks Nao. The plugin does not make me any money, we use it to recover the costs of hosting the forum. If I wanted to make money I would activate paid subscriptions, but that is not what I am trying to do. I am just trying to provide a free forum for my users and so far Ads are paying the bill. I am with you, I don't like Google Ads, but as bad as they are it is the best option out there.
So, yeah, I have to find a way to monetize Wedge, otherwise it won't be realistic for me to keep working on it forever. And I don't trust anyone to take the lead of development work.
Sorry Nao, wasn't my intention. But your answer sounds to me like that you're not want to make it. :angel:
It's up to you.
I really would suggest you to make this a paid plugin, because it's one of the most wanted features in communitys.
My plan was to make a simple and quick plugin to display advertisements inbetween topics and/or in sidebar.
A silly question first.... Do you actually know how to build a plugin? Did you ever build one, at all..?
But I also think that the first person who should be making money over Wedge (or any parts related to Wedge) is me. Charity begins at home. Especially after all these years of working in the dark. I don't want someone coming in, discovering about Wedge, porting their commercial SMF mods in a day or two, and posting them here to sell. Not only will I remove these posts (unless I'm being notified of any commercial intentions prior to them being posted, in which case I'll consider the matter), but I'll be very upset.
Hmm, oh well, why not do this: I've enabled two subscriptions, 'Donation' and 'Patronage'. They differ in the $$ amount, mostly. If you feel like donating a little something, you can choose the amount by way of group duration. I'll see how it goes. Maybe it'll be enough.
You should be able to find the subscription links in your profiles.
I don't underestimate your skills. To be specific, I underestimated your skills for a long time because you didn't show them off, but you've seen proved that you can be very dedicated to your current task (if anything, the German translation is nothing short of impressive -- you pulled it off from scratch in a couple of weeks, IIRC..?), I just wasn't aware until recently that you had programming skills. Just call it 'ignorance' from me, I think it's neither more nor less than that. ;)
As for the ad management plugin, perhaps we could both work on it, under the Wedge Team flag. (i.e., a 'wedge:ads' plugin.) Maintain it on Bitbucket together in a private repo, and then when we're happy with it, either release it for free, or do something related to member groups.
Re: your PMs, I'm just at a loss right now... :whistle: I need some time to answer them. (Plus all of the other outstanding PMs I have.)