Free vs. 'free download' RRS feed

  • General discussion

  • Thanks to lots of previous (and largely unacknowledged) work, we can now filter our searches by several criteria.  One of these is Free/Trial/Paid.

    Perhaps it is time to either add another category to this list, or clarify what is meant by 'free'.  Many useful extensions appear as 'free', but on closer inspection are only 'free to download'.  Some of these require commercial payment for use past a specified period (and should be listed as 'trial').  Others appear to require payment to even install the software.  This is hardly 'free'.

    What do others think - should we have more transparency from providers, or create some new euphamistic category for those few who prefer marketing to honesty?

    Wednesday, July 28, 2010 11:47 AM

All replies

  • Why regulate?  Seems like the proper thing to do would be to downvote liars.
    Wednesday, July 28, 2010 5:12 PM
  • Thumbs up for this idea.

    There should be 'Free Beta' and 'Freemium' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freemium) as a minimum since most 'Free-ish' extensions fall into these two categories. Alternatively 'It's Complicated' would work too :)

    Friday, October 29, 2010 1:10 PM
  • Adding "free beta" sounds like a good first step.
    Friday, April 15, 2011 10:17 AM
  • I definitely support the idea.


    Sunday, May 8, 2011 3:22 AM
  • I definitely agree!

    The idea of a voting system for authors as opposed to product rating/quality is really good to.

    Eyal (http://shilony.net), Regards.

    Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand. -- Martin Fowler.
    Tuesday, August 16, 2011 4:25 PM
  • or "free-trial" like JetBrains does?
    Programming is a kind of art but not all programmers are artists.
    Wednesday, August 31, 2011 10:57 AM