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Op 28-4-2021 om 11:50 schreef Mike Saunders:
To be transparent of these info-bars, I would like it to appear
somewhere on the official LibreOffice site where the frequency is shown
and perhaps also the rationale for the frequency and a good explanation
of what is meant as "Get Involved" and "Donate ..." (or linked to their
appropriate pages). Make it clear as to where the money is being
invested and to the German non-profit/charitable laws governing the use
of the money ... do the German non-profit/charitable laws/rules force
the project to spend all of the donation income within that fiscal year?
The page that we link to has an
infographic on the right showing what the money is being used for, and
some text underneath about the non-profit status. There's also a link to
"financials and budget", although it's further down the right-hand
column. We're working on a website redesign now, so maybe we can make
those more prominent on the donate page...
Not to nag, but well I still struggle with the whole donation topic.
As I personally perceive it as kind of misleading (easy to misconceive). In the sense that especially bugfixing (but maybe also features), being outside of the scope of TDF . Obviously infra, meetings, documentation and such is also important.

However people do see  a relation between donation and bugfixing. Or to phrase it differently. Some say, I have donated, why is bug XYZ not gone. This obviously not how it works, but implies a relation between donation to bugfixing. And that's what I would expect to. But that's exactly how it not works. No money is flowing to development directly.  And actually can't flow, because of the non-profit status and rules attached. Donations maybe also thank you to developers who fixed something, while TDF being kind of unrelated.

TDF needs funding to obviously. All the other stuff is also important.
However the whole mystery around TDF and spending makes kind of public secret. You have to make study to actually know about the 'broken transfer system' regarding bugfixing You're actually doing more 'good' by buying LibreOffice from eco-system partners, IMHO.

And yes, this is not marketing topic, but well marketing circling around the hairy area by putting info-banners inside LibreOffice.
Same for the banners on download page.

And well I know this "being topic" for quite a while. Meeks written enough about it. And where still is some status quo land. Still hoping for a change; a fix.
Current situation is one 'Big ball of mud' to me.

Note: simply mentioning it; not expecting marketing to sort this out (but it does play in the background)


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