I think most users should be aware of this by now. However, it takes a bit more than basic knowledge to build (at least with my How to build a big app approach) an app (APK / AAB) that will be accepted in the Play Store. Because this not only requires decompilation of the APK, but also correct signing of the APK / AAB. And that over mightwhelm (put off) many beginners (new users) at first.
The option to download the required (assets) files on the first start is / was NEVER an option for me - for very good reasons.
Once again, if we wanted to censor you, all your posts regarding the Premium plan would have been gone, as well as many other people that are not really agreeing with it.
We allow all opinions as you can see, because we want to see the reception of the Premium plan, to better adjust it in the upcoming weeks. Even though you may not believe it, community means a lot, and we want to hear everyone’s opinions and suggestions for the Premium plan, so we can offer a better solution and alternatives.
Trust me, if they wanted to censor you, then your existence could have been wiped out entirely from here. So, Kodular wants you to stay here and criticize or do anything you wish, but not as a moderator. As a moderator, you can’t do that because then your statement can be considered as official one, maybe.
Anke, App Inventor and Kodular have their different ways to deal with Moderators.
That’s correct. Being a moderator somehow represents Kodular in an indirect way. The way you have stated your opinion is not something people would expect from a moderator (and I repeat, the way, not the opinion itself).
You are free to give your opinion, as well as all users here, but respecting your manners. Other mods are not happy either with the Premium plan, but yet we can discuss it and share their thoughts using proper manners.
Additionally, as you say, you were a moderator. This implies that you were aware about the possible implementation of a Premium plan since April, 19th of April exactly. On that day, we had a meeting that was allowed for both Moderators and ProKoders.
We mentioned the possibility of Kodular implementing a Premium plan, as well as stating the features that would be unlocked by paying and the detailed motivation behind this. Since that day, we provided a recording of the meeting for everyone that could not attend it live.
You did not show any interest at all in giving any feedback since that day, nor discussing it with other mods, so they way you are stating your opinion is definitely not appropriate considering you could have said it a long time ago, and with different manners.
It doesn’t matter if information is “official” or not. It is precisely the so-called “official” information (whatever that may be) that I also question. For me it doesn’t matter how moderators or “normal” users are treated, but ONLY how PEOPLE are treated.
By the way, I didn’t make any announcement for Kodular, I only made legitimate criticism. That’s all.
In this respect, it is completely independent of how users / moderators are dealt with at AI2, Kodular, Niotron or wherever. I will ALWAYS behave the same way - exactly how I see fit!
What should be “official” about a critical remark?
Since it is not at all predictable when all these (countless) bugs will be fixed, I recommend everyone to at least take a multi-pronged approach and also look around for alternative platforms. At least that’s what I did because I can’t/don’t want to put my Play Store apps at risk.
Currently I see Niotron as one of the best alternatives if you are not willing to build apps with Android Studio, which would require a long learning curve. (I’ve created my iOS apps with Xcode and Swift, so I know pretty well what it means to get used to a new development platform (Xcode) and to be able to create native apps with Apple’s Swift programming language.)
It remains to be seen how freedom of speech will be respected here on the forums by the Kodular team, or if my opinion will be censored again or I’ll be still further downgraded (if that’s still possible ). At least that was the case when I still had my moderator status.
I would have continued to be positive and supportive of Kodular as at least in the past (prior to targetSdk 30) everything worked satisfactorily apart from a few bugs. But after that there was a long period of no response for months and then came this devastating update. If you don’t do your homework (or do it poorly), you not only have to put up with justified criticism, you should also take immediate action to remedy the situation. Apparently there is no willingness to both of them! At least neither has happened so far!
Instead, there is this premature and abstruse premium offer.