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Hi Marc,

Marc Paré wrote on 2013-04-09 23:31:

As far as script goes, I have not comment, I can play hockey better than
code ... you haven't seen me play hockey, but when you do, you will know
that I am no coder!

Canadian? Hockey? That rings a bell for me ;-)

As far as the plea for donation ... I always prefer also seeing a
statement along the line of "Any amount, of any size, will be put to
great use and is very appreciated. We thank you for your continued

Anyway, the important part is that we stress that any amount will help
and we should always be benevolent, and thank people ... ahem ... in
advance. These two items are a reflection of some of the ideals of our

IMHO, that's both included in the donate page. Maybe it's a bit long to be seen at first glance, but it's not so much about the page, rather about the idea behind my little script. We can show any page we want, just the download process would be similar: First the donate page is opened, and then the download starts.

IMO, as a community member, it would be neat if we could decide to tie
downloading to joining our community by default. That is to say that one
of the "conditions" of downloading "our community project" is that the
person downloading LibreOffice has "agreed" that they have tacitly
joined the LibreOffice community. Then we could have a "Welcome to the
LibreOffice community" message at the download point and then offer the
downloader a page with our community definition as well as a plea for
financial and contributing support. We would not enforce it, but it
would still be neat to view our project as more of a community project
where we have by default or by result a software programme that we
develop and use as a group. This would then open our community to take
on more than one piece of software if we wanted, and to claim that a
consensual use of the software by the community.

I think it depends on the exact wording, otherwise people might feel obliged. ;-) Mentioning that "you can contribute by becoming a community member, or by donating" makes sense, of course.


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