Michael L wrote:
The intent of my suggestion was to encourage everyone to contribute something (even very small) and enable greater equality, but I can see in your examples how it could create an us/them feeling that would have the opposite effect!
Don't worry, it was understood. I just pointed the reasons which may explain why in fact it is probably not a so good idea. But don't see any anger or anything of that type in what was my reply. Simply my habit to try to see wisely what can be some good and pertinent arguments for other people.
And so, the conclusion is that what seemed a good idea at first sight is probably a bad choice for those who love Mulab (and Mux) but can't contribute for any reason.
In a registered association, when some members offer their work it is of course good that the other members who take profit of these offered things were also asked to contribute not only by their regular yearly financial contribution but also sometimes by a little work for the common good. Here we are in a different situation, we are in the situation of a commercial product which is bought by people, and based on that wonderful product there is currently a kind of group of nice persons who are happy to join themselves to spontaneously share the work they make with that commercial product... but outside a registered association, and they agree to share their work with other persons who are not necessarily themselves competent to contribute by a personal self-made work.
See simply my own case: as some others here I'm one of the most active KVR members to invite other musicians to try Mulab and Mux, but I'm very involved in the development of Synthedit products for my own music ("Ambient" style and old Traditional musics blending instruments from the Far-East and some from Europa in addition to the piano and some acoustic or slight electric guitars and discrete synths) and in addition I work for a Video producer of documentaries, and... piece on the cake... I suffer from birth in 1959 of a huge neurological disease (narcolepsy) which was discrete until 2004 but which now transforms my days in a pure lace
and it will be now as this until the end of my life (but "don't worry, I'm happy"). It is a case among many other legitimate cases everywhere in the world, even in the KVR community world...
I would simply suggest, if some developers would like a little contribution, to simply add a text file which comes with the main file (all being wrapped in a single zip file), a very simple small text file with the name of the developer (a kind of signature) and his email address, the date of release... and an invitation (not mandatory) to bring a little and very humble donation by Paypal to this aforementioned email address if the user really likes this extension and wants to thank its developer. It is something extremely common in the development of preset banks and it could be done as well for these extensions of Mulab/Mux. That way the user doesn't feel any constraint at all (it is psychologically much better) and if one day he feels trusted enough himself to contribute by another extension or by a song or whatever else, no doubt that he will do it if this Community Library has taken a good life.