Revenue generating features in Pidgin

Phil Hannent phil at
Tue Feb 12 05:19:54 EST 2008

Matthew Wardrop wrote:
> 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.
I am also not a pidgin developer.

The counter argument is that money can help make things happen.

A revenue stream could lead to someone being paid to improve certain things 
which might not get attention, it could also pay for servers and/or for 
developer conferences.

Ask the users if they would like a full time paid developer working on pidgin 
and optional adverts or no full time developer and no adverts.

Personally I do not see a lot of value in a search bar (option 1) as its not 
part of an instant messenger, however relevant adverts (option 2) or 
highlighting a text in chat and searching on that could be.

If the revenue generated was passed back to the user would users be more 
inclined to accept such a feature?

Phil Hannent

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