Lately, I’ve been approached through DM in this forum by a fellow RapidWeaver user asking me to “trade” stacks with him. I’ve kindly let him know that it is my strong opinion that:
- Software needs to be paid for
- “trading” software is nothing that generates value and is illegal on top of it
- Stack developers don’t drive Rolls Royce
- Pricing of stacks/plugins is fair and affordable
Since I’m working in the software industry for 25+ years, I deliberately support the developers community around RapidWeaver because I want to see innovative products that are useful and fun to implement. No money, no innovation.
More often than not, I buy stacks that look cool and try them out without being sure if I will finally use them. $5 or even $9 is no big deal. Yes, it might add up during a month or a project but I can easily save it on a dinner that I take at home rather than going out.
I don’t want the developer of a favourite stack to call it quits because his stacks are happily “traded” rather than paid for…