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Stop ‘Osclass Project’ dying
« on: July 14, 2019, 01:55:19 pm »
Hi

I don’t normally visit this thread as I thought this was for developers but the question, ‘Osclass project is dead?’ got me thinking and I have the obligation to join in.

We all know Osclass script is completely free and people download it to their heart content without any need to pay a single dime for it. Just running a single Osclass site involves spending money, time and energy and the returns may be meagre in majority of cases.

Considering the above, Osclass project needs a good team:
  • Team to constantly develop and maintain
  • Team to test and report (Osclass site webmasters)
  • Team to extend financial support for the project
  • Team to provide support on the forum
   
I am sure everyone here agrees that they run Osclass sites trying to make a few bucks and some merely do it for fun. There are a few guys having their websites selling themes and plugins. The truth is, there is a thriving community that relies on this script and we all should therefore consider ourselves as part of the team and realise if this project shuts down, all our sites and related businesses will be doomed. To my understanding this script is far superior to similar paid scripts out there.

Just to conclude, I would request every Osclass users to fork out a minimum of 10 dollars, whenever they update their existing script or download a fresh copy of this lovely script. It’s not too much to ask and in fact I would welcome if the developers make it compulsory to pay for the upgrades and new downloads. Without much ado, we are willing to pay for good hosting, nice themes and plugins, don’t we?

Sorry if I did upset anyone here; I only spoke my mind. I hope everyone here joins in to keep the project going and make it an outstanding one, just like ‘Wordpress’.

Many thanks

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Re: Stop ‘Osclass Project’ dying
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2019, 02:42:51 pm »
Hi!

Read this a couple of times and I must say I agree with you.
In my example, 80% of my freelance projects are Osclass based and 80% of my AdSense income comes from Osclass sites. There is no other (open-source) script like Osclass. Probably there isn't a script with a big community like the Osclass one.

My only request from Osclass Team is the following:
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If you can't maintain Osclass yourself (seems like you can't last a couple of years...), give it to the community. Give forum moderators to the most active supporters on forums. Give Market moderators to the best active developers on the Market. Let us update the GitHub repo.

I can donate, not a problem. But the best way for Osclass Team to earn money is Market. Approve our products. It's a win for everyone.
  • Users get new functionalities and design.
  • Developers earn money (some for a living!)
  • Osclass earns money (from commissions).
  • Developers create new plugins (because they got paid).
  • Osclass adds new updates (because more users are coming as the script is expanding).

And it all repeats over and over.

I hope you understood me.

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Re: Stop ‘Osclass Project’ dying
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2019, 05:09:26 pm »

Thanks for the understanding, WEBmods

As a community we all have to act fast and bring in some rescue plans before it's too late. Looks like developers are losing interest with this project. Valued forum supporters like teseo and dev101 are nowhere to be seen.


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Re: Stop ‘Osclass Project’ dying
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2019, 08:11:32 pm »
This will be interesting:)

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Re: Stop ‘Osclass Project’ dying
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2019, 02:24:27 pm »
Should we try with this? If enough of us sends the mail, they may see it and respond.



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Re: Stop ‘Osclass Project’ dying
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2019, 03:39:34 pm »
Good one! I will do it straight away.

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Re: Stop ‘Osclass Project’ dying
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2019, 05:15:37 pm »
Sent.

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Re: Stop ‘Osclass Project’ dying
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2019, 12:25:40 am »
Anyone heard about PHPizabi? I did use it for a couple of my dating sites a few years ago. It was apparently started by two guys who later had a falling out and the project was abandoned. This was  before 'facebook' came into existence (or became known to the world). Over the years, I have seen many CMS and dating scripts go.

Osclass was probably started by a group of enthusiasts who after a few years lost interest and went their own way. I don't blame them 'cause people cannot do things for free forever, there got to be an incentive of some sort.

Hence I believe, in order this project to survive the script should be paid for whether it's an update or a new download. Hope everyone in this community agrees with me.

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Re: Stop ‘Osclass Project’ dying
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2019, 01:03:37 pm »
I was planning (long ago) to make a user custom fields plugin. I now have a lot of experience and have a plugin that I can use as a base.
I will try to (as soon as I get time) make the plugin and publish it, for FREE on Forums. I think that's a really requested feature and it may bring some people to Osclass.
Even if I would want to earn money from it, Market wouldn't approve it.

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Re: Stop ‘Osclass Project’ dying
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2019, 04:37:36 pm »
Aficionado is no longer in these forums? He was the most active user in my opinion:).
Calin Behtuk, Patrik from Croatia also were active after Teseo "left". And many others. Who is still providing code solutions in the forums nowadays?

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Re: Stop ‘Osclass Project’ dying
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2019, 10:31:32 pm »
Aficionado is no longer in these forums? He was the most active user in my opinion:).
Calin Behtuk, Patrik from Croatia also were active after Teseo "left". And many others. Who is still providing code solutions in the forums nowadays?

I didn't saw him for a long time. Is it possible he got a ban or something? I think I can't find him on the member list.
@calinbehtuk is still here I believe, just not active a lot.

And for those who didn't notice, I am patrickFromCroatia. Just changed my name to the one from Market. ;)

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Re: Stop ‘Osclass Project’ dying
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2019, 10:36:57 pm »
I just spotted this on one of my posts in Jobs section:

« Last Edit: 14-05-2019, 09:42:07 by oribas »

Edit by 'oribas', but the post is mine. So is that guy a moderator? If mods are here why is no one responding???

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EDITED: I checked, it's an admin.

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Re: Stop ‘Osclass Project’ dying
« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2019, 10:52:31 pm »
Investigating the admins more, @garciademarina and @_CONEJO were last online 1 month ago.
However, @teseo's last visit was 1 year ago. :/

About @Aficionado, he is marked as a guest, not a member. Looks like a ban to me.

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Re: Stop ‘Osclass Project’ dying
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2019, 11:10:40 am »
Hi All,

I have thought about making similar post like Britweb for the last few months urging community to start a fund drive or something but then to me it seemed like it is already too late as I think the original developers have moved on to some other things and I didn't think it would help. To me it looks like the project has been dead for almost an year as there have been no posts by any osclass team member not just here but also at github - they used to at least respond at github regarding issues and one could see the timeline on some of the issues.  Additionally, there have been no updates in the market for almost a year and they did the last market update after some users complained about their plugins on hold since 2017 - that to me was an indication that they probably have given up on this and have moved on to other things. I don't think make much money from plugins or marketplace which helps them to pay the bills and if they do not have the time, personnel or resources then they can just let the plugin market to the developers and users to handle - let users and plugin developers deal with each other and they can focus on writing/updating the script and charge a small fee for all downloads, it may help.

I think many of us would gladly pay a small fee as Britweb suggested if only osclass developers would come out and state exactly what their goals are and what they want from the community in order to keep the project going.
« Last Edit: August 08, 2019, 03:37:59 am by Resta »

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Re: Stop ‘Osclass Project’ dying
« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2019, 12:11:30 pm »

Nice reply, @Resta

For a start, forum Administrator could make this topic sticky giving it the maximum exposure on the forum. The whole Osclass community should realise how serious the situation is at the moment.

Also as @WEBmods suggested, Osclasser's should email this topic to the developers.


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