Revenue generating features in Pidgin

Matthew Wardrop mister.wardrop at
Tue Feb 12 04:46:54 EST 2008

I am no developer (of pidgin), but one of the main reasons I use pidgin
is because it is unencumbered with advertisements and other proprietary
"features" like these.

Please don't.

Kind Regards,

On Tue, 2008-02-12 at 02:28 -0500, Mark Doliner wrote:
> Someone from contacted us and asked if we'd considered adding any sort
> of revenue generating features into Pidgin.  He didn't go into specifics.  If
> I had to speculate on what's possible these two features come to mind:
> 1. Add a little search bar to the bottom of the buddy list or something that
> performs a search.  If lots of people perform searches (and maybe click on ads
> in the search results?) then we're given small kickbacks.
> 2. Similar to the above, but we could link random words in IM conversations to
> search results pages.
> Any revenue generated would probably go to the Instant Messaging Freedom
> Foundation, since it's pretty much impossible to divide incoming among
> Pidgin's developers.
> I'm basically against adding those features, since I don't think users really
> benefit from them.  But I didn't want to be the sole decision maker, so I
> figured I'd see how other people felt.  And of course, if you have other ideas
> on ways to generate revenue that you think would benefit Pidgin users then by
> all means share with us.
> -Mark
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