Hi fellow community developers. I would like to start a discussion on something that has been on my mind for a while now.
Homey is a great product, and it’s still getting better even though the hardware hasn’t changed. Hard work from the Athom crew and the two founders is surely at the basis of the present success. But I’m also sure that the success wouldn’t have happened without the support of some enthusiasts who spend an enormous amount of their spare time to test software, give detailed feedback for debugging and improve usability, manage forums, and write community apps.
For me personally I spent an incredible amount of time on writing apps and test alpha/beta Homey firmware the past 2 years. And I understand that Athom needs to make clear business decisions that not always are in line with my personal preferences (just one example is my feature request for 2FA). But there have been times when I felt like an unpaid Athom employee. I have lot of fun building apps and being able to automate my house. But what recognition am I getting from Athom for all my efforts?
I cannot expect anything, and am not expecting anything. But here some ideas I have for Athom to show there appreciation for community developers, and enable us at the same time to help Athom. So this is a win-win situation:
- Give huge discounts to developers that have released apps to buy a development/test Homey
- Give away free (refurbished) Homeys to developers that have a large amount of app installs
- Give huge discounts or free devices from the athom store
What do you think? Am I asking too much? Do you see anything else that Athom can do to show appreciation to the community developers?