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Le 2012-10-11 07:26, Florian Effenberger a écrit :

I actually do have two views on that. ;-)

One is the technical side:
MirrorBrain redirects to an URL, and that is the one of the actual
mirror hosting the file. So, if we were to introduce some intermediate
side in between, we need to find a way that is not intrusive. Probably
it won't be embedded in MirrorBrain, but somewhere on our download page.
In other words: could show such a page,
but the direct link at won't.

The other issue is something I recently brainstormed a bit with Alex.
Sites liki Wikipedia can embed their donation request directly in the
product people use, their website. Mozilla can do so as well, because
their product can open their website at the very beginning.

For LibreOffice, it is much more complicated. Our product itself, the
one that millions of people around the world use, cannot show it per se.
We need to find a way that is non intrusive, but still reaches lots of
people - because that is the way we can reach millions of people: Our

Probably a note at the end of the installer, a small donation button in
the start center, something along those lines...


Could we not instead have a button in the "Help" or on the "About" popup window? These could be links to our donations page where there would be more information on for what the funds are being raised or about any fundraising campaigns. I think we would have a better chance at convincing people if we present them with good arguments to contribute rather than just giving them a quick plea for a donation.

If the number of mouse-clicks that lead to a donations plea during the install process is the same as the number of mouse-clicks to get to a donations link in the "Help" menu, then I would favour this last one. The rationale being that the user would have installed/test-tried the suite and would be in a better mind-set to donate. I don't know about you, but, at install time, I do not usually donate until I try out the software I am downloading.



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