+1 for always opt-in, and also a good way to back to opt-out if you opt-in
On Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 10:44 PM, Richard Duivenvoorde <rdmaili...@duif.net>
> On 17-10-16 09:53, Matthias Kuhn wrote:
> >> * a list of current crowd funding projects and their funding progress
> >> > * a panel for us to directly send notifications to users e.g. 'QGIS
> >> > 2.14.7 is out, please upgrade!'
> > That's already in place. Information is read from
> > https://ubuntu.qgis.org/version.txt
> > It could be improved to fetch different files based on LTR/Non-LTR.
> >> > * links for funding and sponsoring QGIS
> > In general I am in favor of adding all this to the welcome page. It can
> > be used to unobtrusively raise awareness and it's easy to disable if
> > some people don't like it.
> My 2ct:
> I still find it strange that we are allowed to try to retrieve
> version.txt without notice, given some time ago when we had the idea to
> do an anonymous ping-back to have a clue about users/downloads, and we
> were heavily criticized for that idea...
> Myself I already had some practical problems with the version.txt. In a
> school/organisation which is not 'able' to upgrade, you every time see
> the message: "You can upgrade!..." but they can't and shouldn't...
> Another issue I saw when you start up a centrally installed QGIS as new
> user you get an error because QGIS tries to retrieve version.txt but is
> not able because there is not proxy defined yet...
> To make myself even more clear: I'm in favor for both
> - QGIS pinging back (and give us some anonymous info about OS,
> installer, use, version, userhash etc)
> - the use of news feeds like Mathias proposes (but please let it be rst
> and easily translatable)
> But ONLY after(!) a clear 'YES' by the user, in which he/she gives a
> fiat for sending and receiving such info... I think the average QGIS
> user is OK with it if we make it clear enough that for the project it is
> important to have insight in such info.
> I would favor opt-in and not opt-out.
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