Be nice. Or else.
UI Designer @ hyperion.co Joined over 2 years ago
Dropbox is one option.
It's great that you are looking at ways to improve the community and we all look forward to seeing what solutions you come up with.
However, one point I'd like to respond to from your post is the part about ads. I never found anything of use among DN's ads and considering how many companies already try to spam the site with their crappy products, it feels like you are only making things worse. Now don't get me wrong, I understand you need sources of revenue and I even believe there are ways to promote valuable products, jobs and services to this community (a win win), but the current system is far from it.
You'll have to figure this one out also.
I'd say because nobody tried to start a conversation. 'Here's the new Krakow logo and I think it's interesting because X and Y but Z could have been done better. What do you guys think?' Not just a link to an outside side.
Could you rephrase the last part about Monteiro? I don't understand your point and it looks like an interesting one.
When a bunch of people asked for a feedback section a while ago, we were told the fresh section is enough. When people post questions or ask for help, barely anyone replies.
Perhaps you're right. I mean there are very few actual news in the world of design (Adobe screwing up again, some big agency coming up with a new project, a major redesign), so perhaps it's best we call it a day and move on to tech sites for news and forums for conversations.
DN was nice while it lasted.
Have these people never heard of Dropbox?
IMO It's quite simple really: asking for money in advance means far fewer people will be willing to try the app and your only customers will be those willing to take the risk and pay for it upfront. This means your presentation (description, screenshots, video, website) will have to be perfect and you'll have to put extra effort into convincing people the app will be worth their cash.
If you offer it as free with limited functionality - a demo essentially that either denies access after 7 days or better yet limits the features users can get, then everyone who sees it can try it and figure out for themselves if they like it or it's valuable to them. This is of course assuming your app is good and can provide value to customers.
Don't do ads. You'll earn peanuts.