[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH] web: cleanup and simplify donations page

Michael Niedermayer michaelni at gmx.at
Sun Jul 29 14:19:45 CEST 2012

On Sun, Jul 29, 2012 at 11:55:27AM +0200, Stefano Sabatini wrote:
> On date Saturday 2012-07-28 19:44:37 +0200, Michael Niedermayer encoded:
> > Signed-off-by: Michael Niedermayer <michaelni at gmx.at>
> > ---
> >  src/donations |   29 +++++++++++++++++++++--------
> >  1 file changed, 21 insertions(+), 8 deletions(-)
> > 
> > diff --git a/src/donations b/src/donations
> > index dff0ce4..038449f 100644
> > --- a/src/donations
> > +++ b/src/donations
> > @@ -7,12 +7,25 @@ meetings and events in the project interest area, and to support
> >  internal development or educational projects or any other activity
> >  promoting FFmpeg.</p>
> >  
> > -<h2>Donations through SPI</h2>
> > +<h2>Donations for FFmpeg through SPI</h2>
> > +<p>You can send donations to FFmpeg
> > +through <a href="http://www.spi-inc.org/projects/ffmpeg/">SPI</a>.
> > +</p>
> > +
> > +<h3>by credit card</h3>
> > +<p>
> > +Using <a href="https://co.clickandpledge.com/advanced/default.aspx?wid=56226">Click&Pledge (direct link)</a>.
> > +</p>
> > +
> > +<h3>by check or money order</h3>
> > +<p>
> > +Following the <a href="http://www.spi-inc.org/donations/">instructions</a> from SPI.
> > +Please make sure that you specify that your donation is for FFmpeg.
> > +</p>
> > +
> > +<h3>by bank transfer using IBAN</h3>
> > +<p>
> > +Following the <a href='http://www.ffis.de/Verein/spi-en.html'>instructions</a> from ffis e.V.
> > +Please make sure that you specify that your donation is for FFmpeg (SPI associated project).
> > +</p>
> >  
> > -You can send donations to FFmpeg
> > -through <a href="http://www.spi-inc.org/projects/ffmpeg/">SPI</a>,
> > -following the
> > -instructions <a href="http://www.spi-inc.org/donations/">here</a>, or
> > -through
> > -this <a href="https://co.clickandpledge.com/advanced/default.aspx?wid=56226">direct
> > -Click&Pledge link</a>.</p>
> Doesn't look like a simplification to me, or better, it looks like a
> simplification of the SPI donations page, which is excessively verbose
> (sometimes with unnecessary information), may need to be better
> structured, and contains some conflicting/confusing information
> (e.g. with regards to wire transfers).

well, its a simplification for the persons who read the page.
A person who wants to donate does not search for the SPI page nor will
he want to read it, he wants to know by which means he can donate and
then how to do that for the means he choose.
The current page doesnt serve this puprose so people will probably
just not donate once they see the size of teh SPI page, that is
if they even look that far, i suspect some will not even click a single
link if the first page does not say clearly which they need to
follow to donate by mean X

> I'm not sure I like this, since for example this seems to imply that
> all donations through bank wire transfers should be done through ffis,
> which is the case only for EU-based donors (and is not the only option
> even in that case).

its not relevant if there are other options to make IBAN transfers
A donator reading this page and who wants to donate by IBAN is just
searching for one IBAN not a exhaustiv list.
about it being EU-only, where is that written ?
the ffis page doesnt say this, the SPI page says for europe but not
"only for europe". How can people outside EU donate by IBAN?
but yes of course this "EU only" thing should be clarified ...

> I'd better try to improve the SPI page, in order to avoid conflicting
> information on the two pages, in the case something changes on the SPI
> side.

i dont think some people will even click their way through
to that page and noone will read more than the first 2 paragraphs of
teh SPI page.
Improving the SPI page is a good idea but its not a solution for the
problem at hand. The problem is that people will not follow a link
when the first page is not clear.

about conflicting information i dont see what could conflict and am
happy to volunteer to keep the page in sync

Michael     GnuPG fingerprint: 9FF2128B147EF6730BADF133611EC787040B0FAB

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