Posts by ex-jedi

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    They reached a point where they needed to change the licensing model to ensure recurring revenue (and justify the development of Perch). They proposed to change the model to charge an annual fee for updates (which is totally optional) and what they got in return from a lot of customers is a giant middle finger. Screw that!

    Sponsorware looks like an interesting idea to throw into the mix. I would just like to see something happen whatever model is chosen rather than let Perch fade away.


    About the above quote though. How is the current situation (uncertainty and stagnation) an improvement to launching v4 with a licencing model that some customers objected to? How much of v4 is ready? What's is there to lose at this point by going ahead with v4 as planned? I don't mean to sound flippant, I'm genuinely interested.

    ...In the short run I rather see you communicate with customers more (at least when necessary and expected) than manage PRs on GitHub, but open sourcing first-party add-ons sounds like a good idea.

    It's a bit greedy perhaps but could we have both? There's a lot of love and enthusiasm for Perch in the community. Several have offered to help with development so moving some addons to GitHub would be a good move. I'd like to see Perch itself move in this direction. That seems better than halting development altogether and starting a slow countdown to obsolescence.


    It terms of communication it wouldn't take much. Brief responses to vital issues and the a few updates a month would be great.


    It's good to hear from you though rachelandrew!

    There is some activity in the docs repo. Pull requests are getting merged.


    But it's hard to know what's going on. It could be that we suddenly get version 3.x or 4 even... or nothing. In terms of communication it wouldn't take much. If Perch HQ surfaced a few times a month to say 'we are still working on it'. That would be so helpful.

    Thanks for getting back to us drewm. I think most of us would like to see something soon so a 3.x would be welcome.


    Would you consider allowing some to help with Perch maintenance and development? You have mentioned that you wanted community members to contribute more, I recall you saying that some of Perch's first-party apps were built as examples to encourage others to build their own and make them available. You also mentioned the possibility of a Perch marketplace type thing to give devs more support to build apps and add-ons. As it looks like making a Perch marketplace isn't viable right now, allowing some to help maintain Perch would seem to answer the call for more community involvement.


    We all want to see Perch survive and thrive. We're a little dismayed though that it seems to be withering on the vine right now, especially as there are talented devs who are eager to help. There's still a lot of enthusiasm for Perch in the community.

    drewm - I understand with your recent new roles, time is a valuable commodity. I'd be more than willing to help on a volunteer basis (no strings attached) to do some PR's to fix bugs anything else you'd need help with.

    This seems logical. If Perch isn't viable as a full time endeavour at the moment, opening it up a bit makes sense. The community is compitently handling most of the support on the forum, I'm sure there are devs with enough skill to help with the codebase.

    When V4 was announced we were given a rough timeframe, which was missed due to issues which have been discussed elsewhere on the forum. Can we expect some news soon about a revised timeframe for it?


    At the moment we don't know if it'll be weeks months or years before release or even before announcements. Could we have some idea of what the roadmap is please?

    I was very relieved to hear Perch isn't going away, but could we have even a loose idea about when V4 might land and if Perch shop will get any updates. At the moment it's difficult to know if it's going to be weeks, months or even longer.