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#1 Andy Rixon

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 04:16 PM

I think it is a good idea to set a requirement for files in the marketplace to have a decent demo, this is more so for paid files in the marketplace.

Most, if not all potential customers like to see a demo of something before they download/buy so they know exactly what they are receiving.

IPS know this by allowing for a demo of the whole of their Community Suite, so why not make it a requirement for marketplace authors to have a demo of the file they have uploaded.
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#2 Michael

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 04:53 PM

What about ones that are in the Admin CP, or may be live on a site but not accessible to non-staff members?

I didn't list a demo for my latest file because it's got group permissions on it which I only have set to let my staff use it, for example.

Edited by Michael, 17 November 2011 - 04:54 PM.

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#3 Andy Rixon

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 04:58 PM

Maybe have a html demo where nothing actually works, just shows what it could do.

I am sick of seeing files where there is no demo, and the screenshots are useless, and even more so when the author don't actually care about his/her users/customers.

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#4 Marcher Technologies

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 05:00 PM

What about ones that are in the Admin CP, or may be live on a site but not accessible to non-staff members?

I didn't list a demo for my latest file because it's got group permissions on it which I only have set to let my staff use it, for example.

I Cant List a demo for Content utilities.... i have screenshots out the ***(purposely censored btw)... but ACP is hard to do anything with.

Edited by Marcher Technologies, 17 November 2011 - 05:03 PM.


#5 Aisha

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 09:08 PM

This thread came up a long time ago and Charles said he'd look into it or something.
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Posted 17 November 2011 - 09:09 PM

Unfortunately, requiring a demo isn't feasible for reasons stated in this thread. Sometimes you simply can't demo a file. I would encourage authors to include one when possible, but I don't think it's possible to require one.
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Posted 18 November 2011 - 03:38 AM

Just start yourself: http://community.inv...oads&mid=126615 for these few files..
My 62 files must wait unfortunatelly..


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#8 Andy Rixon

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 07:12 AM

Just start yourself: http://community.inv...oads&mid=126615 for these few files..
My 62 files must wait unfortunatelly..


Man, maybe you can think how to increase the number of sales, rather than make life difficult for the sellers?


I had issues with my server, I had to reinstall it and I have not had the time to add the demos of any of my files, there was a demo for them though, and in the next week or so, it will be back.

What do you mean by "think how to increase the number of sales rather than make like difficult for the sellers?"?

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#9 AndyF

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 07:24 AM

We do try to encourage a demo link where practical but its not enforced. Especially in the case of an ACP side tool, its not always that straightforward unless you get into modifying the 'demo' site to prevent password changes or malicious tampering.
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#10 Collin S.

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 01:27 PM

Look at it this way: many people won't buy a mod unless they can try a demo. No demo, your choice, but you'll lose sales.

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