Boccaccio wrote:Is there any concrete plan of Edward to make IMSLP into a community-owned project or does he want to keep it his own private business?
I think his lack of response in this thread and his constant dodging of questions about financial disclosure and transition to a non-profit organization speak for themselves.
It has been said multiple times in this thread that Mr. Guo will assuredly not make money out of these modest contributions. By curiosity, I tried calculating how much money Mr. Guo expects to get from the membership plan.
I wondered how many users of IMSLP there are in the world. Based on the massive use of IMSLP I witness only in my city, which has thousands of users, and presuming the situation is similar in other places across the developped world, I think it's safe to say total IMSLP users number in the millions worldwide. But to be conservative, let's say just half a million, which is probably conservative even for the number of regular/recurring users.
Out of those, how many will give money? Hopefully, Mr. Guo expects that percentage to be at least in the double digits. It would be a very questionable move from a business point of view to implement such a controversial change while only expecting 1 or 2% of users actually subscribing. That would be a pretty weird business plan. Buy let's be conservative and presume that one in a hundred user will contribute, the other 99 preferring to wait the 15 seconds.
1% of half a million : 5000 contributing members.
x22$ = 110 000$ /year
That may look like it's not that much, but think about it. Even once you subtract the salary of an eventual full-time employee and the cost of hosting (about which, remember a good portion of files are hosted on independent servers that are not operated by IMSLP itself, and which have their own sources of funding), there's still a very substantial amount of unused money. Sure, it might well just be piled up and invested to ensure a secure source of income from interests, and to build an endowment. But at that rate, money will be piling in fast!
And that's with fairly conservative estimates.
Is it plausible that Mr.Guo intends to hire himself as a full-time employee? Or that he will receive benefits from his company. I think that is what we should expect, unless he gives us good reasons to believe otherwise.