By Sebastiaan de Jonge, published on Monday, September 6, 2010 at 21:04

About 3 months ago I started on an updated version of my blog. I wanted it to be state of the art, so back then I started on some beta of 4.4. Now 3 months later, just when I was about to launch my updated blog, I was a little surprised by an automated notice inside my TYPO3 backend. which asked me to please donate.
Don't worry, the message is only displayed when an administrator is logged in. So normally, if you set up your editors correctly, the will never see this. Next to that, you are able to disable it in the Install Tool.
Or simply by adding the following line to your localconf.php inside the typo3conf folder.
$TYPO3_CONF_VARS['BE']['allowDonateWindow'] = '0';
Now I agree with the fact that you can make it clear to people that they can help TYPO3 grow by donating. After all it is free open source CMS that allows you to rapidly create cool new websites. However I don't really agree with the idea of a 'Nag' box. I think the approach is a little too aggressive. Of course I'm not here to complain and nag about this, just to start a discussion 😉. So what do you think, fund-raising for the TYPO3 project like this? A do or a don't?
Pim Broens
Pim Broens - Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 07:56

TYPO3 might just have taken a wrong turn with the notices. I get the fact that they would like to make some money for development purposes. But I'm not sure if this is the right way to do it.

On the other hand, it has been discussed (in T3CON09 mailing list AFAIK) and it has been placed in the release notice. So people could be aware of it being there. And the option to disable it is there, you just have to set it.

I think the popup is a bit aggressive, might have been better with a flashmessage notice instead of the popup.

Nitin Sewtahalsing
Nitin Sewtahalsing - Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 08:09

I totally agree with Pim!

Steffen - Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 09:33

The notice is displayed without regard if I already did sponsor, gave support, code etc. That's why it feels like spam.

tomitzel - Friday, September 10, 2010 at 13:38

I think this is a wrong approach because as it is directed to the admin, which most of (all) the time doesn't sponsor TYPO3, but the company that he works for, I don't see why it should appear to him.

Sebastian - Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 14:26

Im totaly fine with the popup box, because its only once if you push the right button and it gives you some seconds to think about what TYPO3 does for you.