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In addition to the comment above: I have now seen that FeedDemon not only added the junk subscriptions I did not ask for, but polluted my Google Reader account with them as well. More manual work to remove them, thanks! And another question has just occurred to me: does FeedDemon share my Google Reader account username and password with NewsGator or any third parties? Putting my password in an application means trust. Please answer yes or no.
Toggle Commented Oct 1, 2009 on Introducing FeedDemon 3.0 at Nick Bradbury
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Dear Nick, I registered FeedDemon in October 2004, but since the NewsGator services weren't of any use to me, I moved on to Google Reader. I have now downloaded version 3.0, since the integration with GR means I could read news on the desktop again, so great! My original registration key no longer works with this version, but that's fine, I have no problem buying an upgrade every 5 years. Then I noticed FeedDemon has become ad-ware. Why is this significant change not mentioned prominently in your post, or at the FeedDemon overview page? In fact, it is not mentioned anywhere at all. Not even the license mentions the built-in advertising, which in some countries may already run afoul of the law. (I have read the license and could not find any reference to the ads. If such a reference is indeed included, it must be worded in a completely inscrutable way.) This used to be more or less standard evil fare when adware was first invented. Today users expect full disclosure before they let adware touch their systems. Now, since NewsGator chose not to disclose the fact that FeedDemon is adware, what else is it not disclosing? Are the ads context-sensitive? Does FeedDemon "share" my subscriptions and/or the articles I read with NewsGator or with third parties? The license does not say it doesn't, so it's a fair assumption that it does. Finally, there seems to be a bug - at least I hope it is not a feature. Before installing v3 I uninstalled the previous version, and said Yes to clearing the cache. I also manually removed any remaining traces of FeedDemon from under "Documents and Settings" folder. During installation (custom mode), I synced FD with Google Reader, then chose "No, don't subscribe me to anything else right now." So imagine my surprise when I open FD and see the following under Subscriptions: Comics, Daily, Entertainment, Games, Gossip, Health and Fitness, Offbeat, Science and Sports. These are not my subscriptions, and I am not interested in what NewsGator thinks I should read. Why are these sections included after I specifically select "No, don't subscribe me" during installation? If I now proceed to remove them manually, are they going to reappear when NewsGator decides I should _really_ be interested in that, or when I upgrade to a subsequent release? Nick, please forgive me this personal aside, but I just have to say it. Any project you have released - HomeSite, TopStyle, FeedDemon - was always the best in its class, hands down. As long as you actively maintained a project, nothing else, shareware or free, could touch it. I am a self-taught hobby programmer myself, and I can only wish I had your talent and your skills. But - and this is the part I ask you to forgive - I think with NewsGator you've lied down with the dogs. I would be happy to pay for the upgrade to get rid of the ads, but I cannot support NewsGator's current policies. It's just not done this way any more.
Toggle Commented Oct 1, 2009 on Introducing FeedDemon 3.0 at Nick Bradbury
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