And now the good news...

Posted: 26 Feb 2003 01:52 AM


Well, I guess I've done a pretty good job of proving that I'm a much worse businessman than developer.

I'm thankful to the community that the overwhelming tone of your response has been supportive and forgiving. But I realize now that I made a big mistake by proposing a subscription model. It wasn't fair, and it probably wouldn't have worked anyway.

I wish I could just roll back time, but I'm doing the next best thing: I humbly withdraw the proposed change to a subscription model. If you paid for a subscription, I'll gladly refund your money. In the future, if you wish to contribute financially, I will implement a donations option on the site.

I'm considering all the suggestions that came in, and maybe I'll implement some of them. But the only suggestions I'm considering are things like providing a way to make voluntary contributions, or offering optional modules or services for sale.

I've completely abandoned any thought of demanding payment from those who want to continue participating in this great community project.

I'm also pleased to report that Microsoft has offered to kick in to support the continued growth of the IBSW community. We haven't worked out the details, and I'm not even sure it'll come to anything, but I've seen that they want to keep this open process going, and I'm committed to making that happen.

So, please forgive me, and let's get back to talking about code not money. I promise not to screw up like that again!

And last, but not least, the latest Open Source release ( version 1.0.4 ) is now available on the site for download by Registered Users.

Shaun Walker
Perpetual Motion Interactive Systems Inc.

Re: And now the good news...

Posted: 26 Feb 2003 02:24 AM


Just to clarify... at this point in time Microsoft has not offered support in terms of financial compensation. They have merely expressed an interest in promoting the IBSW with the goal of helping the community grow and evolve.

Shaun Walker
Perpetual Motion Interactive Systems Inc.