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Re: bundling software with TSVN?

From: Simon Large <simon.tortoisesvn_at_googlemail.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2008 21:13:10 +0000

On 10/03/2008, Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com> wrote:
> As you guys may know, TSVN has become quite popular and therefore gets
> noticed also by marketing companies.
> I just received an offer to bundle a shopping toolbar with the TSVN
> installer. I know, I know, most of those are considered spy/ad/malware.
> And even if they don't spy or do any harm to the user, most people
> consider this very bad, at least annoying. I know that. But: it would be
> a way to make some money from TSVN.
> Of course, the installation would be optional, and not 'hidden', not
> even hidden as a TSVN installation option (like for example the
> dictionaries in the current installer) but clearly advertised on the
> last page of the installer (after TSVN has been installed, the very last
> page where we state "installation successful").
> Now, what do you guys think about that? I haven't decided anything yet,
> because I'm not really comfortable with this myself - but it's tempting.

I am not at all comfortable with this either. A shopping toolbar is
going to be of interest to 0.000001% of developers (OK, I haven't done
any market research so there may be 10% error in that value ;-) so the
only people who will install it are the ones who aren't paying
attention and do so by accident. Which means they will be annoyed, you
will get almost no revenue and TSVN will look bad.

I don't really like the ads on our website, but at least they are
relatively unintrusive and I can ignore them. I really hate it when
programs offer to install something completely unrelated. Even if it
isn't malware, we will get a lot of people worrying that it is and
that will damage TortoiseSVN's reputation.


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