Following the example of @Gruijter and @DaneedeKruyff and replying the encouragement of some other active developers i want to ask the community for support.
I’m developing and maintain Homey BLE apps for xiaomi mi flora and beacon (presence) app from the time that BLE was in a very fragile state (and released the p1 smartmeter into beta). Always trying to make my apps compatible with the latest firmware (BLE changed a lot after each release cycle) has been (and will be) an massive challenge. When v2.0-rc arrived in the experimental channel I’ve updated my Homey to v2.0 in an early stage to make my apps compatible that resulted in all my apps being broken. (due to core issues) and are broken to this day (have a look here).
Therefor i ask you to support my effort to keep developing, supporting and maintaining my apps and also have the possibility to have a stable and an working Homey myself and keep my plants alive
I’ve reached the goal and ordered an development Homey. Many thanks for all your support!!
Following the example of the developers above:
If you want to support my request please make a donation.
I will update the status of the received donations in this forum topic. (or anonymous, pm me before)
If the goal of 300 euro is reached on/before 1 March, I will buy the Homey.
Donated @Koktail for the support for specially the BLE problems.
I’m fully agree with @RoyWissenburg about the left over to donated to an other developer. I supposed this also to gruijter for helping koktail…
I think what is happening here is more proof that a sustainable solution is needed to help out community developers. Tomorrow the next developer will ask the same, and the day after another… The donations are heartwarming, but is donated by a relative small group of people who care.
In my opinion there are a number stakeholders that benefit from the work of community developers:
The developer himself, since it is his hobby
App users, since they get more value out of their purchased Homey
Device manufactures, since they will sell more if Homey supports their device
Athom sales, since it increases the value of Homey, and more users will buy it
Athom brand, since the feedback that is provided by developers is used to improve the product (they get free testers)
All the stakeholders should contribute is my opinion:
The developer: by spending huge amount of time developing and maintaining apps and provide feedback to Athom development
App users: by paying a small amount of money when they install an app from a community developer
Device manufactures: by donating test devices and give free support
Athom sales: by donating a Homey, or give huge discount, based on the number of app installs
Athom brand: hand out company shares of Athom to developers
To make app users pay for apps, a donation button is not enough. Less then 1% of app users actually do a donation. Athom could make a paid store, where they have the official Athom apps for free, and where community apps developers can ask anything from 0 > donate > max 5 euro.
This would be fair: the more users install a community app, the more he gets paid. This also encourages app builders to work on apps that are really appreciated (= good functionality and stable).
I do not agree. I think the apps should be used anytime by everybody without restriction. I think effort and time the developer give to a project should be more visible and there should be more focus on that.