Shrikered wrote:Although good templates are desirable, in my observation the incentives are not there for private parties to do much work on them. Only giant armies of developers, eg Microsoft, have the resources to develop them commercially, and MS does it mainly because there is virtually no reason to upgrade to the next version, so they create an artificial one. The only exception is that on occasion the developers themselves contribute their own very simple templates, as a marketing tool. That's what comes with Scrivener today.
I don't recall anyone suggesting "commercially developing" templates, rather, the discussion was about finding a way to better distribute them, and supporting further development.
Shrikered wrote:So although I support the wiki suggestion, I don't expect many templates in any case,
Why? To date there are already a fair number of templates created by end users. I for one would be happy to put up any templates I create, and encourage other users to modify them (and post the mods) as they see fit. The entire point of doing a wiki is that the development can be incremental.
Shrikered wrote:and I don't think L&L should spend his time on putting together any kind of template exchange. (If users want to throw together a wiki, that's another story.)
My first inclination to this was to simply volunteer to do it myself. That may still be an option, but I have to explore a few things. That having been said, it seems to me that the natural place for such an exchange is on this site. That's where the current template library resides, and it is where people will look for such things. A user site has the possibility of the links going dead or some such, whereas I am confident the L&L site will be around.
Furthermore, this is to some degree a marketing function and a support function. Marketing in that it highlights resources that are available, support in that there are numerous requests on the forum for templates. (In fact, that's how this particular thread got started.)
If I thought this would do anything but decrease Keith's work in general, I wouldn't have suggested it.
Shrikered wrote: As most of us probably know, producing something like a template that is general and robust enough for other people to use is several times as much work as just throwing something together for oneself.
Actually, I don't know that -- not at all. Last time I checked, the only determinant was "is it useful?" Chances are, if you find it useful, someone else will to -- or they will modify it and post the modified version.