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Thread: Please support GIMP Crowdfunding proposal. (KICKSTARTER or similar)

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    Re: Please support GIMP Crowdfunding proposal. (KICKSTARTER or similar)

    Hi thanks... I have been hoping that Gimp and other projects go to kickstarter and fund improvements.

    Just giving money at the DONATE button is not as effective has having the team communicate with the community and pick specific projects and features that the community wants, then ask the community to fund these projects, then making a commitment to complete these projects in a timely manner.

    IMHO, I think that maybe the reason that the GIMP team has not done this yet, it that it would give more power to the users in choosing the direction Gimp evolves, and it would also require a COMMITMENT on the teams part, to complete specific projects in a timely manner... I get it, but it is holding the project back.

    I went and signed the petition, there is also a poll on the linked page, which I completed, and just to show that I really will fund GIMP deserving GIMP projects... I went and gave 20 bucks to the gimp Symmetry Painting crowd funding project, even though it's not one of the top features I would like to see implemented, just to show that we will support such projects.

    I encourage others to do the same, this is an opportunity for us to give back and I think the most valuable thing we can give back is not the money, but it is the CHANGE to the way features and improvements are selected, funded and the timely manner in which then can be achieved.

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    Re: Please support GIMP Crowdfunding proposal. (KICKSTARTER or similar)

    Quote Originally Posted by Charles_Souders View Post
    IMHO, I think that maybe the reason that the GIMP team has not done this yet, it that it would give more power to the users in choosing the direction Gimp evolves, and it would also require a COMMITMENT on the teams part, to complete specific projects in a timely manner...
    it also fosters a "take the money and run" approach to the participation in open-source projects. Once the feature is done, who maintains it? The original author? Of course not, since he works for money and the kickstarter money has dried up. The core Gimp team? They may have more important things to do... So eventually the kickstarter customers are stuck with the version of Gimp for which the feature was written.

    Your comments also make it looks like you consider the Gimp devs to be a lazy bunch who don't listen to users... Remember that these people have a day job and a family... Even if Gimp is an important part of their life, it may not be their top priority.
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    Re: Please support GIMP Crowdfunding proposal. (KICKSTARTER or similar)

    Quote Originally Posted by ofnuts View Post
    it also fosters a "take the money and run" approach to the participation in open-source projects. Once the feature is done, who maintains it? The original author? Of course not, since he works for money and the kickstarter money has dried up. The core Gimp team? They may have more important things to do... So eventually the kickstarter customers are stuck with the version of Gimp for which the feature was written.

    Your comments also make it looks like you consider the Gimp devs to be a lazy bunch who don't listen to users... Remember that these people have a day job and a family... Even if Gimp is an important part of their life, it may not be their top priority.
    LOL... please don't be offended, or insinuate that I am insulting the devs. I don't do forums often becuase I do "have a day job and a family... "and even though" Gimp is an important part of "my" life, it "is" not be "my" top priority and for for some reason peaple seem to get upset or offended pretty easy and the conversion devolves away from the topic at hand.

    Let's please not hijack the posters efforts to help the gimp communtiy.

    The Devs are awsome, I was simply stating that I understand if they have concerns about lossing control or the direction of gimp development, and I also that I understand that they cannot make firm commitments on project timelimes because they are volunteers.

    However my point was that if it is to be a communuity project, the the devs can't bear the weight of the world entirely upon their shoulders, and that croudfunding specific projects shows trust in the communtiy to help them guide and fund gimps future, freeing them to do what they do best, and giving them more time for other things outside of the project. Many hands make for a light load. I hope this clears things up a bit!

    Also, thanks for your comments about "taking the money and run" you made some very good points. Especially about maintaing the features. This would be a very good conversion to have with the developers and within the community. I am not sure that I have an answer... but I think the money, the user feedback and the extra help coding would probably benifit gimp, regardless.

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