...it all makes sense if you read it through, but it's a complete thought in this post and not really short...
So, I got around to putting a donation link in my profile. I refrained for a while, because this has been and is my stance on donations:
Originally Posted by Blue6IX
Appreciate the compliments - the best way you can donate to me is to spend time helping other people out around in the community.
Especially with how small the MT4GS forums are, that kind of general helpfulness from everyone is worth more to me then any amount of money.
I come here to learn, teach, share and be excited about what we're doing and accomplishing and learning together - when i'm ready to take my knowledge and commercialize it i'll dump some apps in the market.
For everything I do on XDA, my time to the community is given freely and I feel that accepting monetary compensation would cheapen that and make it something different then it is now.
I appreciate the offer from you and others, but helping each other out and spending some time being patient with someone who needs it is a much better gift to me.
( Goodness knows some people have been pretty patient with me when i've just had some stupid moments, even on this project. )
...and honestly, that really is the best thing that anyone can do, is to take the time to nurture the spark of curiosity that draws us all here.
I had mentioned in another post ( I don't feel like tracking down, if someone needs me to I will...) a while back that maybe at some point I would put up a donation link when I felt like i'd given enough time here so I didn't feel guilty about it.
That said, i'm hitting a bottleneck in my ability to share information with all of you.
I take a lot of notes and whatnot for my own personal knowledge, and have never really had a place like this to turn projects like my Android adventure into an online body of knowledge others can access. This is great!
It helps me learn, too, because people can point out where i'm wrong about something (...and if kind, the why! or a clue
) or suggest ways to do what i'm doing better, and also i've put together a lot of stuff that has to be hosted somewhere to share.
So about the money thing...
I don't mind shelling out the money for my hobby for me - phones, parts, cables and other accessories - the earned aquisition of each of these things is part of the experience for me. It just wouldn't have the same value if I didn't earn it.
The forum is a free way to share the information, and is the best way to pull a whole mess of ideas from random people around the globe into one location. For any of those individuals to convey a body of research and knowledge, though, it does have disadvantages to offset it's advantages. A website is the proper method to communicate charts and graphs and an indexed library of apps.
I won't waste my time or anyone's patience with a free hosted website (ad supported) because none of us want to go there. I have my information, but we could benefit from my being able to share other parts of it in a more concise fashion - which means a domain registration and web space.
So anyone who wants to donate to me can find the link in my profile.
Any money will be put towards a domain registration and it's renewals, because that is of benefit to the community to supplement the forum postings here.
Something like the app reference, which is now a smaller part of this dev reference, is murder on the forum. It's a whole lot of data that isn't conveyed well because of the character limit imposed by individual postings. Further it's a lot of strain on the forum database that could be alleviated by shifting that information to a medium more suited to it.
I could make individual pages for each app and show a lot more information about each one, like those descriptions and so forth in a nice little hyper-linked library. But i'd never host it on ad supported pages, especially since domain registration and hosting is pretty cheap.
Besides, that space in what this reference has become would be much better served on kernel explanations and how-to's.
As far as webspace and paid hosting options, well, i've got dropbox so i'm set for me and my friends. You could help me by hitting my dropbox referrel link if you sign up for an account: http://db.tt/STeQNpJs
To some limited end I could use it here, but it's not the right answer for the kind of work i'm doing here... so sharing my work on a larger scale...?
The free hosting options are not so great anymore. Places like my file host - targeted to Android
are good - and without them I don't know where i'd be on sharing things with the community.
With the recent shake up of some online storage banks of our tools and knowledge, and what was lost, anything we want to survive needs to multiply. So if the community thinks the website is a good idea and it's up, then this is what any other donations will be put towards.
So my current file host is my home, as is XDA. The next addition of hosting is paid space, so if the community is content with my free Android-specific hosting site that's fine by me.
If anyone has hosting to share to mirror things pm me and let me know, the more places things exist the more likely they are to survive.
Someone donated to me the other day ( Thanks!
) and here's what I did with it:
So if there is something the community needs to get something figured out or helped along, that could be the third way donation money could be spent.
Okay, this part has you puzzled, but it's simple:
My lady collects care bears, much the same way I collect information (as some may have noticed that part...
). I like to get her care bears to add to her collection from time to time. But not just the bears, there is a ton of cool stuff out there that is care bear official merchandise that is interesting.
Everyone likes to get gifts and I like to see my lady smile, and her being happy is directly related to how much time I get to spend in development. So if I occasionally use some donation money to buy something cool care bear I find for her you know that now before you click that button.
If you have something care bear that is around that no one is interested in anymore, maybe you or your siblings, cousins or other family/friends have outgrown them and they aren't being used? They would be a nice donation and would get them to a place where they would be cared for and maintained.
Send me a pm and we'll work something out.
So let's recap all of this:
My preference is that you help someone else and donate your time to the community - that's what built it and how it grows.
You could sign up to dropbox using my referral link: http://db.tt/STeQNpJs
Otherwise, if you have any old care bears or care bear stuff laying around that's not seeing any use, that would be my second preference. If you want to help me directly, then help me do something nice for my lady if you can, pm me and we can work it out.
If you do want to donate money, the funds will be spent to:
-establish a website ad-free.
-establish a reliable mirror for files.
-help in the community from time to time?
So - my hobby is something where the actual earning process of each thing is part of the experience.
The rest of that stuff above is for sharing what I find, so if people want to help make that happen in other ways that's what i'll do.