UnixRonin wrote:....I'll repeat what other people have said: You want support? Ask a donation. NoScript is totally worth it. But don't sell third parties access to your userbase. That's just not cool.
Actually, a donation *has* been suggested/requested when you d/l NoScript from Firefox Add-ons
for a good while now. And there is a "Donate" button on the bottom left of the NS GUI.
And some people screamed that either or both of those were horrible greed, etc., etc.
As compared to *true* nagware, which pops up a splash screen every time you start it, and won't go away until you click it away -- often with some built-in time delay. NS has never done that.
Some even complained about being taken to the "Latest Changes" page when NS updates, something that many users are interested in. "What's new in this update? Why was it released?" Yet others complained about it, even to the point of accusing Giorgio of releasing "too many", or "needless" updates (yeah, he has nothing better to do with his time), merely to increase the ad display count. So a config was added to disable showing the release notes on updates.
This is for utter freeware.
I also set up a U.S. bank account for those with a US checking account
who might wish to donate, but may not wish to use PayPal for various reasons. The results have been ... disappointing, to say the least. (It would all go to Giorgio. I donated my time and effort to set up and monitor the account, as the Support Team
donates their time to do support here.)
I don't know how the Mozilla-site donations, or the PayPal donations, are doing. But considering that supporting and enhancing NS, including NSA and NoScript 3.x for the desktop
, is undoubtedly a full-time (or more) job for Giorgio....
It might indeed be better to have non-controversial ads, such as for those who sell printer ink or something. At one time, Giorgio said he d/l and ran the software in question in a VM, and found nothing malicious. Do you know how recent that license change was? I'm sure that any documentation of malicious content would get the ad kicked quickly.
As for the ad itself, only Giorgio can speak to that choice, as it's his site. I understand your concerns. Perhaps if he can find the time
, he will re-address them.
Thank you for your support of NoScript.
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