Just trying to think of more ways to incentivize people to donate.
A lot of people coming to Krita from other programs may be looking forward to specific features, and not knowing if a feature is coming makes it hard for some to decide wheather to tough it out with subscription programs for workflow convenience, or donate that money to Krita hopeful for features that they don’t have much way of knowing will come.
Perhaps if possible, Krita devs could list financial “stretch goals” (can be changed to different phrasing, I’m using for simplicity of reference and lack of better wording) for certain features?
And how close they are financially to afford implementing xyz goals.
It’s very useful for crowdsourced projects.
I know the only barriers are not just money, but time and compatibility.
However, I think if a feature seems very doable and highly requested then it could be considered to be listed at whatever ballpark cost it may take to implement.
Other features can still be considered, but not listed if unsure they are possible or not a high priority.
A few prioritized features can be listed over less prioritized ones to avoid cluttering of a large list, that may be updated over time as foreseeable goals are reached and new goals can be added.
And features not listed can still always be implemented ofcourse if the devs want, they are not restricted to just the stretch goals list. The devs still have their priority documents that are more in depth or may involve more features and fixes, implements, etc. than the few major ones on stretch goal lists.
I do not expect time frames on when to expect features, but knowing for certain whether or not a highly requested feature is coming, or if we are close and able to assist making it happen is extremely helpful and can get people excited.
We could have a list visible on the same page or linked from there of when any previous stretch goals were met, that would be a convenient way to immediately see and dispel assumptions/hesitation that Krita “updates slow” just because it is not a for profit program.
All this would encourage people to donate if they really want a listed stretch goal feature, aswell as offer some scope of feasibility and expectations for new features requests.
Of which in turn may foster requests that are more helpful and reasonable, benefitting everyone, users and programmers alike.