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Re: [libreoffice-marketing] plea to remove in-app advertising from LibreOffice


Hi,

I second Justin, simply because the infobar prevents users from focusing on
what they'd like to do at the moment with LibO.

Cheers,
-- Takeshi Abe

On Wed, 30 Jan 2019 08:21:05 +0300, Justin Luth <justin_luth@sil.org> wrote:
> Someone on ask.libreoffice.org wrote:
>
> “Lately, in LibreOffice 6.1.2.1 I get a nag window on top asking me to get
> involved. Are you trying to become obnoxious windows-like software? How do I get
> rid of that thing?” This succinct post is very revealing, and perfectly mirrors
> my own initial and ongoing impressions.
>
>
> First, note the user perception of this new “feature”. It is classified as
> naggy. It is not seen as a legitimate request for help, but as an untargeted and
> intrusive irritant.
>
> Secondly, it is totally unwanted. This user terms it as obnoxious, and
> references the disrespectful and heavy-handed Windows attitude that has driven
> so many of us to FOSS in the first place.
>
> And that all leads to the obvious reaction of “how can I never see this
> again.” Seeing it once is already too much, and every 90 days is not an
> improvement.
>
>
> Do we really want to market LibreOffice as yet another piece of
> unprofessional[1] beggarware? Everyone already acknowledges that “GetInvolved”
> irritates us, but now imagine the scenario where someone has donated to
> LibreOffice and a week later the donate message pops up! That will feel
> extremely offensive!
>
> Having places (like help - get involved/donate/about) where the user can
> discover and actively seek out ways to support LibreOffice is fine, but
> intentionally irritating the user base is sure to back-fire. Please, let us
> remove the infobar advertisements before they cause too much damage.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Justin - volunteer developer, promoter, user-support  (who is damaged in each of
> these capacities by this adware), and self-appointed end-user advocate.
>
>
> [1] It is completely unprofessional. Speaking about the “get involved” pop-up,
> Michael Meeks writes that “No vendor (or in-house team) providing an actually
> supported version would show this to their users”.
>
>
> P.S. Sorry for not realizing that the ESC decision to remove GetInvolved from
> 6.1.5 Stable should have been confirmed by other bodies before being acted on.
>
>
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