Re: Help Keep The Site Going Strong
Well, I'm a kind of a newbie here, I don't have IT education, I'm more of a make-it-yourself man, but oddly I have been able to help dozens of people with problems, both hardware and software, as well as games.
The cost of labor has been dealt by with almost all Economists, from Adam Smith to Karl Marx (more a Philosopher) and Milton Friedman. All have presented the view that labor has a certain cost in society. There is no free labor - how many of the readers of this will work for free? My guess is: none.
The IT society we are heading for, we haven't reached it yet, has twisted this conception. People expect FREEWARE EVERYWHERE. And what would bring the bread to a programmer's table?
Quite a few times I have pointed out that no one nowhere ever was forced to buy a Windows. Purchase is a matter of free will.
To get to this site, it's dependable of what we know as charity. I have some experience in that field, since I've been working with non-profit Organizations for some years. Doing this kind of work, as Windows 7 Forums is, you can't really charge your customers. If you're a shoemaker, you take your charge, no problems there, goes for key makers too, but what would be the charge of this site?
I wouldn't emphasize the persons who make donations, or the donations they make. Their contributions could perhaps be presented in a separate Topic - don't know. Presenting them as Kings or Queens would hardly be wise? Yet I do think, they deserve some respect --- the development has gone from the earlier Economy where Man's activity creates Economy to Economy creates man's activity.
But beneficiaries of Foundations have usually been quite in the background. I think "the true helpers" deserve a statue, those who give solutions to problems. Bucks are important, but not the essence of function. Those willing to help financially will hardly want extra credit, unless the site is turned into a Commercial Enterprise.
Hope I don't offend anyone.
No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. - Edmund Burke