I see many web sites based on content management systems like: Wordpress, Textpattern, Joomla, and dynamic image galleries, like Gallery. Some people leave the credit link; others delete it.
I ‘m interested to know what influences people’s decisions on whether to leave the credit link on opensource software or remove it.
For those who don’t have a clue what I’m banging on about, if you scroll down to the very bottom of this forum you will see that Cre8 has a link to Invision; the “creators” of the forum software.
I'm prepared to confess that sometimes I leave the credit links; and other times I don’t.
Possible reasons to leave the link:
1. The software project gets more exposure – this can lead to further development.
2. It’s nice too say thanks, and they get another inbound link.
3. You don’t know how to remove it.
Possible reasons not to.
1.You may give hackers, an "insight" into your website; they can exploit well-known un-patched weaknesses.
2. You may give your competition, a leg up.
3. You want to re-brand an application, and sell it as your own work (sometimes this is perfectly legal, dependant on the license) I don't do this.
Any comments, do you think it’s mean or wise to remove the credit links?
Edited by manager, 14 July 2006 - 06:16 AM.