@Creative32, they’re probably hoping it will blow over. Just keep nagging him and he’ll have to do something. If he doesn’t reply for 24h, and it’s a weekday, then email him again. And if he still doesn’t reply then phone EllisLab and try getting through to him – be persistant.
Wow, this really hits home for me. Thank you for this insightful post Naomi.
I’m currently studying Computer Science at a university in the UK, and to be honest, it’s not going very well. The course is not exactly well “designed” – There’s an OOP module, a maths module, an Information Systems module and a “Managers and Organisations” module. The last two are utterly dull and completely detract from any enjoyment I could gain from the OOP module. They’re not just dull; I would definitely question their relevance to my course. Frankly, the IS module, is just re-iterating what I had to learn in secondary school.
I tried joining some societies but there were none that tickled my fancy.
I think universities in general have changed masses over the years, and people older and wiser than me can attest to this. They used to be a place where you could turn up to a lecture or seminar if you were interested, but now these institutions are riddled with requirements. The university process has morphed into a tick-box exercise… It doesn’t feel like learning; it feels like a chore…
This is just my limited opinion. I’m going to stop writing now.. I could easily talk for days on end about this topic!
I want to be a successful person. Wealth doesn’t even come into it, in my opinion…
One thing though – why have they chosen to write about “WebDesignBooth.com”? What’s special about it?
I think you’re tugging at one of the implicit weaknesses in the economic model under which we currently find ourselves. Under capitalism, trust, respect and honesty are never at the top of a business’ agenda (regardless of what some businesses claim). At the end of the day they’re only there to make money. There is no way to be ABSOLUTELY sure that what Envato tells you is true, you just have to trust them.
Like with everything there is a certain amount of trust involved. This is just how it works. It’s exactly the same as trusting that your mobile phone is using safe technologies that aren’t going to cause you to have cancer in ten years time.
I don’t maintain and support my plugin for ego, nor did I create it for that reason. I made it because I personally thought that surely if a plugin like Sociable, which uses tiny little microscopic “icons” for bookmarking could get so popular that it’s downloaded over 500,000 times… Surely I could create one a little more “aesthetic” that would become that popular.
I understand where you’re coming from but as far as I’m concerned, if you do something for free it’s only a means to a personal ends. If a member of my family asked me to create a site I’d obviously do it for free; but this isn’t out of some sort of instinctive will to do the right thing, I’d do it so as to comply to the widely held social norm of helping out the family, additionally it might be for my own self-satisfaction. This is really a question of altruism and whether it exists at all. Are you saying that you did it with the sole intention of benefiting other people? Sorry to go off at a tangent…
However, saying that the authors can’t be “expected” to offer support for something that costs $10 is a little on the crazy side if you ask me. I mean, I offer the plugin for free, and I SUPPORT it for free. I get over 100 emails EVERY WEEK asking me for help in getting the plugin to work with different themes that are coded poorly, or asking for help to find out why my plugin conflicts with countless other plugins out there.
I think you’re seriously confusing two very different things here. Something available for free cannot be compared to something that costs money; simple as that! You ask a lawyer to work on a case for $10 an hour and he’ll say no; you ask him to do it pro-bono (free) he might be happy to ablige! Free things are done for ego, everything else is done for a living. Once money is in the equation everything becomes a cost-benefit analysis – “is the cost of providing continual support worth the benefit?”.