August 13, 2009

New GOTD evaluation system

Dear GOTD visitors,

Thanks for being with us all this time and for suggesting many useful things for our project. Right now we’re working on a new evaluation system that would be more sophisticated and effective for developers, our subscribers and those who come here to get some info about certain software products.

We would be very glad to hear your ideas on how we can make GOTD better, what new features you’d like to see on GAOTD site, what services you’d like to have here, how you’d like to evaluate software etc.

(Except for software suggestions – for that we still have another thread
that, yes, we check often and get much use of it)

Any comments on improving GOTD are welcome.

Yours,
GOTD Team

58 Comments »

  1. Being that machines require rebuilding, especially when trying out sfw it would be nice to get past downloads that you did back

  2. Hello!

    GOTD needs to make clear if downloaded programs can be moved to a new computer if the person who downloaded and used a program is the same person using the new computer.

    What happens if a computer crashes and needs to have the OS reinstalled? Does one lose the ability to re-download the programs and use them?

    These issues are not clear on the web site. If it is possible to do so. Is it?

    JJ

    Comment by Ja Ja — August 13th, 2009 at 12:50 pm
  3. First, I think you should make it so, in order to rate a giveaway, the user have to download it first. I know a lot of people just go around giving positive and negative rating without even downloading the software. That makes the rating less true.

    Second, you should make an “organizer” for the comment section. Like some buttons to short them to, for example, most recent, highest rated, oldest, etc. It would make lengthy comment section a lot easier to view. Also, it gives the opportunity for users who post comment later than everyone else so that they can be viewed. Since no one would scroll all the way down to see some comments. (since right now the comments are shorted oldest to newest, correct me if I”m wrong)

    Third, I think you should organize the system requirements section. like make a seperate catergory for softwares needed, and hardware required.

    Comment by James — August 13th, 2009 at 1:46 pm
  4. Thanks GOTD for getting rid of the old crappy rating system.

  5. Add radio buttons for users to thumbs up or down and rate products on a scale of 1-5 or so. I’m looking for the average rating and not a rant or sell pitch for something else. I suspect some comments are left by competitive interests! I’m sure some comments were left by users who never used the programs being offered.

    Comments could be contracted with sample text from first line, allowing users to expand them if interested. There should be some indication of how many lines of comment are available (one liner? paragraph? page? or book??)

    GOTD offers a unique opportunity to sample useful software (like Sourceforge), I don’t expect every offering to be for me. I hope you survive with the basic model of exchange intact.

  6. How about including a rating system inside the keywrapper thing or zip archive of every giveaway? Might need some coding to be done though

    Comment by JonN — August 13th, 2009 at 6:46 pm
  7. Develop a way to make it perfectly clear to GOTD visitors whether the software being downloaded is permanent or a one year license….perhaps put this information in a larger font size?? This is a factor in whether I’m willing to take the risk of trying a new product or not. If I see a time limited product then (depending on whether it is something I would use regularly) I might decide to pass on the offer and avoid having to deal with potential software conflicts.

    Also, if it is possible to work it out with returning developers…try the “second chance” concept. Schedule a first offering and a repeat offering with the developer at the same time. Offer the product the first time and tell everyone that it will not be returning until “X” (Date). Those who really were anxious to try it, but missed the first offering will know when it is scheduled to be offered again and will be more likely to set themselves a reminder to return. Of course, I understand the concept that it is the “surprise” factor that makes people check back frequently, but let’s be honest…we all have lives away from the computer (gasp!) and sometimes we miss a day. If I knew for sure that a particular item was returning on a certain date, I would make it a point to be back on that date. For example, I’m currently waiting to see if WinUtilities will be back because I’d like to put it on a new computer I just got. If I knew that product wasn’t coming back for 8 months, I’d probably just go buy it…but as things are now, I’m thinking that if I bought it then the next week it would be offered here again. So, setting a second offering date might actually help sales.

    Comment by DavidR — August 13th, 2009 at 7:13 pm
  8. I think the thumbs up/down is fine, it simply needs to be better defined so that everyone is using the same criteria for it. Some people give a rating based on whether its a program that they’re interested in, others on the quality of the program itself, features, ease of use, etc. So, there should be a seperate, cascading thumbs up/down rating for each of:
    -Are you interested in having this type of program?
    (A thumbs down would eliminate voting on the rest of the
    categories)
    -How does program compare to others like it?
    -Did this program install easily?
    -Is this program easy to use?
    -Would you buy this program at list price now that you’ve
    tried it?

    Comment by AwfullyQuiet — August 13th, 2009 at 9:12 pm
  9. I think that there should be an report button so people can report if an programs seems to be malfunctionable or have malware.. like the thumbs up/down.. But if its reported as malware there should be an warning sign so other people dosent takes it down to thier Pc.

    Becorse some progs. work on ex. XP but only half Vista and vice versa..
    Some can even has hidden malwares and this could be smart to be informed in a hurry instead that people first had to read others post.

    Regards
    Bindegal

  10. I just want to second what James says. I’ve said it before…. that pop up page of ‘product downloaded, what next’ is so irritating to me! But, maybe you could put the voting ability on that page only. Someway that you can’t vote until you’ve downloaded and activated the Giveaway.

    Comment by PLady100 — August 14th, 2009 at 7:42 am
  11. Suggestion #6 is great. Mirrors what I was going to say. Specify the criteria and have perhaps two separate ratings: “how well does this program work” and possibly “how interested are you in this program.”

    Comment by John — August 14th, 2009 at 8:12 am
  12. I agree with the 4th comment regarding the thumbs up. It would be nice if GOTD staff pre-evaluated the software to make sure it is free of viruses or malware.

    I use both Windows and MAC OSX based systems and often may get something download, but not get around to installing it in time. I would like to see a 48-72 hours grace period for installing it. I would also like to see more software like the software Paragon and Acronis is offering.

    I often rebuild the Windows system from scratch and feel it is a shame to lose all of this nice software that I have downloaded. Is there a way to catalogue these so as to provide re-installation?

  13. There should be more choices than just “vote-up” or “vote-down”. How about:

    “Didn’t try because:…Don’t like this kind of software;…Already have a better software;…Nothing special about this offering;…etc.”

    and

    “Tried but didn’t like because:…Software is buggy;…Too high-priced for what little it does;…etc.”

    Comment by Longtime User — August 14th, 2009 at 9:32 am
  14. #5(JohnN) said: “How about including a rating system inside the keywrapper thing or zip archive of every giveaway? Might need some coding to be done though”

    If GAOTD includes it there, the ratings are going to be even more messed up! Because at that point, the user would not have even started the program!

    Comment by secret2008 — August 14th, 2009 at 9:51 am
  15. Create a rating system for the comments themselves…eg: one star…two star…etc. This would allow others to quickly agree or disagree with comments about a product. It would make the reviews page a lot less cluttered since it would reduce the need to quote and requote previous comments.

    Comment by DavidR — August 14th, 2009 at 4:31 pm
  16. I agree with #9 Plady100 and #5 JohnN for their ideas but #12 Secret2008 is right. It would be better if it was on it’s own webpage (#9 Plady100). I don’t find the product activated page irritating. It confirms that you have activated it. Perhaps on that page a request from GAOTD to fill in a quick survey (or questionnaire) about the product once it’s been tried. Many people will not fill in a review unless they are asked or reminded somehow. I still like the rating system with the thumbs up or down at the beginning, and the responses from the people below. It gives visitors a good idea of the product and its possible downsides quickly.

    Another method is to make a separate program for GOATD downloader to download and install into their computers

    I do find that people who suggest other free products are irritating because they don’t seem to understand that this product is free at the moment also, but suggesting other software when a program is a disaster (a program a few days ago come to mind) is a good thing to help people steer away from destroying their computers. It might as well stay that way to help people.

    Perhaps putting in a link to a questionnaire web page with the downloaded setup file, and/or the “product activated” webpage request above would work. I know if it is a file that is installed in a computer, most people would shy away from it while a link is safe.

    Another way is to make a completely separate program than the offering of the day, made by GOATD that people can download and install into their computers containing software to fill in and send this questionnaire to GOATD, but is more complicated than a simple webpage.

    Comment by Xanonite — August 14th, 2009 at 5:31 pm
  17. I suppose the “gold standard” system for permitting you to rate a GOTD would require the GOTD site to be able to see whether the GOTD in question is in the list of installed programs on your PC. That said, I can see firewalls killing that kind of, uh, “intrusion” into a PC.

    @#2: “no one would scroll all the way down to see some comments” Allow me to introduce myself: I’m “no-one!” You shouldn’t assume that everyone is so lazy or selfish that they only read the first few “look at ME: I’m so clever that I’ve already written a 40-line review of today’s GOTD and it’s only been available for the past 2.5 minutes!” posts. (Well, y’all know what [and probably whom] I mean, right?)

    @#6: I like the concept, David, but the problem with a pre-arranged ‘re-run’ is that you immediately halve the number of items offered here. One would also (presumably?) need to alternate new offerings with re-runs, or it would kind of not be GOTD any more.

    Perhaps the real answer would be to combine your idea with a new daily/occasional “GOTD Reloaded” page where only GOTD re-runs would appear (a bit like there’s only a Games GOTD on specific days, and when there are actually games available for them to ‘put up’).

    Comment by Cad Delworth CEng MBCS CITP — August 14th, 2009 at 9:26 pm
  18. The idea of a 5 stare rating instead of thumbs up and thumbs down has a lot of merit.
    Also I don’t know how much it would help but not allowing comments and ratings for a few hours after the giveaway started may help weed out those useless ratings that are from users that have not tested the program yet.

    If possible I believe the best use for users and devs woud be a ratng system as follows.
    #############################################
    What operating system used? multiple choice tickbox
    Ease of use ratings? 1-5 stars
    installation and uninstallation ease? 1-5 Stars
    “does the job”? 1-5 stars

    Add categories that devs request here.

    #############################################

    If each rating was accompanied by a short comment pertaining to the reasons for such marks and actually moderated so that the general “I don’t use this” “I’m running this machine and ….” “it isn’t fair on us poor XXX users” or “Please give me XXXX software” are deleted this site could reach it’s fullest potential.

    One other thing. Maybe add a better description of what GAOT DAY means.
    I personally find the selfishness of people complaining of only being able to follow the rules offensive and ridiculous.
    I never remember this being GAOT 72 hours or GAOT whenever you’re ready to have the software.
    People, if you reinstall your machine or lose your giveaway and it was that good. BUY IT!!!
    Support the publishers.

    Comment by Me — August 15th, 2009 at 4:50 am
  19. Personally, I am against the idea of not being able to rate it without downloading.

    Some of us may have already bought the software and found it to be nothing more than code on a coaster, aka crud.

    Or like todays offering, an attempt to download the said program was flagged by the users antivirus program. Any program that contains a virus or malware SHOULD get a huge thumbs down.

    Comment by iamafever — August 15th, 2009 at 5:37 am
  20. The rating scheme is too narrow…thumb up or down. If the voter doesn’t qualify the vote in the comments then the interpretation is guesswork. But, it’s still fun voting this way so don’t throw it out altogether.

    My recommendation is that the voting have multiple rating categories, e.g.: appearance (UI), usefulness, install, compatability, etc. Whatever the categories, have at least 5 and not more than 10. Incorporating a value scale in the vote would also be useful and more statistically relevant. Perhaps the software companies could choose 3 of the categories on the day their package is offered while the remaining categories are consistent from day to day.

    Display the results graphically, such as a color transitioning bar graph, going from “gawd awful” red to “ultimate software” green. I think you need to go beyond the “thumb” concept and further elevate your position in the free download category.

  21. #2 – There is no need to download the GATOD software to vote; if somebody is using the software for some time for sure that person is by far more knowledgeable about features, etc than another person who just had installed it for an hour or so… Probably a 1 to 5 scale would be better…

    Comment by Bingo — August 15th, 2009 at 11:04 am
  22. I agree with the suggestions made by number 7, AwfullyQuiet, concerning the rating system at GOTD. Specifically suggested is a separation of comments on a visitor’s opinion on the usefulness of the program from comments made on the quality of the program offering. It appears (at least to me) that visitors interested in using the rating system to judge the quality of the program feel that the current rating system is contaminated by mixing comments on quality with opinions of usefulness.

    The GOTD forums section usually has the same visitors day after day. In general, these visitors are not the same ones that bitterly complain about one thing or another day after day. Most of the complaining on the primary download page would better fit in the forums section where threads can be separated into appropriate areas. The areas can include similar freeware programs, ease of the offering’s installation and activation, OS requirements, etc. it seems foolish to publish 25 comments saying that the program does not run on Vista.

    Comment by Bigun — August 15th, 2009 at 11:39 am
  23. Make the software voting this way:
    + (thumbs up, good software)
    - (thumbs down, bad software)
    * (neutral, no use for this software or software is uninteresting)

    Comment by Mike — August 15th, 2009 at 11:46 am
  24. I like the idea of revamping the thumbs up/down system.

    I too like the Idea of the Testing of Software for Virus and Malware problems prior to posting them and advising us of such; especially if you implement the ratings system only if we have downloaded the product and then allowed to vote on it.

    However, I would like the option of letting people mention other comparable software be it free or to buy as it references to the software that is being offered that day.

    All in All, you have an Excellent Website of Giveaway of the Day. Keep up the Excellent work!

    Comment by EddieAnthony — August 15th, 2009 at 1:32 pm
  25. I think it might be useful to have a rating a couple of days later when you’ve really had a chance to put a program through its paces. I think that even though the number of responses might decrease, the quality might increase, because there would be fewer negatives due to lack of appeal. I’ve had a couple of programs that my initial reaction was just okay, but after using it more, and finding some additional functionality, I’ve changed my mind to be much more favorable. Conversely, there have been a couple that my initial reaction was favorable, but after more extensive usage I didn’t really like it as much.

    I think the comments are important, but there have been a few that just plain scared me too much to download the program. It isn’t fair to the programmers, but really messing up our systems isn’t fair to us. I feel I’ve been saved some misery thanks to the comments.

    I sometimes think it would be nice if the installation process were a little more standardized. Sometimes it is almost a brain teaser to figure out how to install and register properly. Some of the more complex installations have prevented me from making the deadline for installation, and I had to pass on the program. Additionally, I may have one or two programs that I think are registered, but are not.

    All in all, I like the project, and really appreciate some of the programs I’ve received as a result. Thanks.

  26. A combination of AwfullyQuiet’s suggestion and a 1 to 5 scale would be my suggestion, except there should probably only be about 5-7 questions:

    How good was the program overall? (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)
    Was it easy to install? (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)
    Is it easy to use? (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)
    How good was the help/documentation? (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)
    How does it stack up to the competition? (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)
    Is it a good deal at the regular price? (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)
    Would you reccomend buying it to your mom? (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)
    GAOTD should have more software like this! (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)

    Other visitors have rated this offering:
    Overall Quality 3.2 (102 votes)
    Ease of Installation 4.1 (78 votes)
    Ease of Use 2.5 (74 votes)
    Help/Documentation 1.2 (69 votes)
    Versus the Competition 3.1 (82 votes)
    Value at Regular Price 2.7 (240 votes)
    Would Reccommend Buying 2.8 (67 votes)
    Want more at GAOTD 1.2 (276 votes)

    I’d suggest using the ratings of the software to calculate some kind of GAOTD index for the software that weights each of the categories. You might store each visitor’s ratings in a cookie so that they could change their mind about their ratings for, say, 48 hours after the giveaway ends.

    You should be able to vote on any of the categories without voting on the others.


    Your rating of this comment: (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)
    31 other visitors have rated this comment a 1.2

    Comment by Gzint — August 16th, 2009 at 8:33 am
  27. Also… Revising the rating scale might be a good time to introduce or recycle a GAOTD “mascot”… Use the little gift wrapped floppy and have a rating of 1 to 5 disks… Or add a monkey and make the ratings be bannanas, and you can say that users go “ape” over giveways…. Use a bee and have honeypots… You get the idea, even though it’s corny, other sites get away with it and it adds brand presence for GAOTD.

    Comment by Gzint — August 16th, 2009 at 8:41 am
  28. I agree, a new rating system is needed. I would suggest downloading the program be required to rate the program, possibly a poll or separate rating with options for those that don’t want to download and various reasons to choose from as to why, having to select one or more reasons in order for it to be completed.

    I would also like to suggest a different way for comments to be approved. I have tried to leave comments on various occasions only to have them denied or not posted. None of which were ever containing anything that should be “censored” for any reason. Seems that this is an ongoing problem according to others’ comments on this subject.

    This is not only unfair and a disservice to those that evaluate the software offering their time and services, but to GOTD and the software developers as well.

    Should you wish to continue to “censor” and moderate comments before they are allowed to be posted, ALL those that have the job of checking and approving/denying should be using the same rules, the same criteria, all across the board. This should not be left to their “personal opinions”, but rather a specified list of agreed upon criteria and rules.

    Many times I have seen comments unrelated to the giveaway, inappropriate, as well as a total lack of any helpful feedback (good or bad), causing GOTD, it’s members that come here to evaluate, and the whole “idea” and reason behind GOTD to be viewed negatively by many. These comments are allowed to be passed through and posted, while actual constructive helpful comments are not. Hence, unfair and a disservice to everyone.

    A moderator position should be considered a privilege, one that is non biased and fair, and appointed for the good of the community….whether it is done voluntarily or a paid position the same rules should be followed.

    Comment by Orchid — August 16th, 2009 at 4:57 pm
  29. The thumbs up/down really do not give an accurate accounting of opinion, and reading the posts, well, it seems more like people are just looking for their name on the internet.

    I suggest a rating system that is much more involved:
    Installation rated 0-5
    Works as stated rated 0-5
    Usability, etc.

    Keep the postings so people can explain better.
    Then the developer can see what and where they are on target and where they may be missing.

    Comment by SuZi — August 16th, 2009 at 10:22 pm
  30. “Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+31)”

    Get rid of this annoying, totally useless feature!

    GameGOTD has turned the feature off and it doesn’t appear to detract from their site.

    Have you even noticed that only the first few posts get “hit” then it peters out after say #25…

    Streamline this baby!

    -Jeeem-

  31. I like all these comments previous posted. Did it install nice,Did it register properly, Did it work well for yu, did it just work okay, was it totally lousey or just a little not good,what exactly went wrong (Did not like about) with it or what was great about the program.

    Comment by persistnt — August 17th, 2009 at 12:20 pm
  32. Some people ask that the thumb rating would be accessible only to persons that downloaded the offered program.What if you already know the prog. from a previous download?
    And speaking for the french section,it would be nice to finally see the comments in real time (more or less)instead of having to wait till next day

    Comment by JJ — August 17th, 2009 at 4:57 pm
  33. Add one more hand. “Didn’t want”. I think a lot of the no votes are feom people that didn’t really want the program.

    Comment by Dan Lovejoy — August 18th, 2009 at 3:38 am
  34. Very good suggestion from Dan Lovejoy. ( Don’t want/don’t need )

    Comment by JJ — August 18th, 2009 at 9:01 pm
  35. I have to echo that #33 suggests a much needed option, since it is obvious from past comments that a lot of people want to vote thumbs down when they have no use for the software rather than just pass it by and wait for the next day. Nobody should be giving a rating at all for software they haven’t bothered to test, but they do anyway…

    Comment by gmon — August 19th, 2009 at 8:15 am
  36. I agree with Jim, #25! Good comments, dude! :)
    I don’t think many changes need to be made, & certainly not big changes! I don’t use nor even look at the thumbs up/down thing at top of comments, but I do on each comment usually.
    Stars would be a better way to rate the product.
    Other than that, & that sometimes installing is a hassle, due to the products maker, I fully believe GOTD has a great site! Just as it is!

    Comment by Skye-hook — August 20th, 2009 at 3:52 am
  37. When checking any evaluation, I look for: (1) Validity – Does it do what the description says it will do; (2) Reliability – Does it perform consistently (no crashes, lock-ups, etc.); (3) Comparison – to similar products; (4) A rating on a Likert scale – a rating of 1 to xx with an odd higher number so there will always be a middle *neutral* value.

    As for improving the GAOTD site, it would significantly improve my experience if: (1) The version of each giveaway was prominently given; (2) A reference was made to whether this product had been given away before, and if so, if the current giveaway is the same or an upgraded version; and (3) If this is an upgraded version, whether to manually uninstall the previous version before upgrading or if the new installation will uninstall/overwrite/install side-by-side with the previous version.

    John38111

    Comment by John38111 — August 23rd, 2009 at 10:14 am
  38. Something I saw in the past when downloading a file.
    I downloaded it within seconds after the new application was released. I saw that there were already 2 votes for “bad”. How can people rate software without testing it?!?! Maybe this feature needs to be reinvented?!

    Comment by Carsten — August 25th, 2009 at 5:03 pm
  39. I recognize that your offerings are specifically based upon user comments to help market and refine the software, but it would be very helpful if GOTD would take some responsibility and do some pretesting of the software before making it available.

    Yes we are the testers, but I’ve had to reformat a drive twice due to really nasty bugs in your clients’ programs. I now download and test on an older machine, but it’s really difficult to find the time to download, test, evaluate, and, if the program is good, download it again to my primary PC within the allotted time. This is even more frustrating when it turns out the program has a 12month life span.

    Comment by Kim — August 25th, 2009 at 6:40 pm
  40. Along the lines of reinstalling downloaded giveaways at a later time. With Windows 7 coming and no upgrade path from XP (I know you can migrate settings but apps still have to be reinstalled..) when we install Windows 7 we’re going to loose all of our installed giveaways… anything that can be done to preserve?

    Comment by Jim Harbin — August 26th, 2009 at 3:51 pm
  41. To be able to rate the software first you need to DENY RATING BEFORE:

    1. Downloading the software
    2. Installing the software
    3. Only after runing the software for xx-minutes, once the application closes a window (similar to the one asking you to add GAOTD to your favs) will ask you for your review.

    This will ensure only people who have used the software can post a rating. Since I am no programer or computer wiz, I thought this would make sense.

    V/R

    Juan in Texas

    Comment by Juan — September 1st, 2009 at 10:45 am
  42. I would like to suggest tighter moderation on the comments section as to what is allowed to post. To me, reviews that only say, “This program stinks and I’m not even going to bother to download it and test it because I like _________ better” are completely useless. How does the person KNOW they like it better? They haven’t tried it. And don’t intend to.

    Perhaps a comment form could be adopted. Make it a simple radio-button or drop-down form for things like OS version and such basic info, then a Pros/Cons box (1 each) and a final “short summary” (maybe 100 characters?) one-liner. Somewhat like what C-Net does.

    I too tend to try out anything I’m even a little ‘uncertain’ about on my older machine first. After all, any software that can be tested on a non-production machine should be tested there first if they are similar systems. To trust your payroll computer, for example, to an unknown program is dangerous.

    Thanks for all you do for us. It’s appreciated.

  43. Complex rating systems are great — in theory. I believe that the reality is that most people won’t take the time to provide an accurate review. Many years in industry have shown me that the KISS (Keep It Simple and Stupid) rule should always be applied wherever possible.

    I vote for expanding the thumbs up/down to up/down/not_interested.

    You could add an optional section where people can expand on their rating, if they wish, but don’t force people to do it. Others have already suggested good criteria for ratings so I’ll only add one more — include “violates my country’s [copyright] laws” in the “I’m not interested because…” category.

    Comment by Just some guy — September 4th, 2009 at 3:40 pm
  44. Excellent suggestions so far, and I also would like to see:

    1. The ability to rate the item ONLY if the person has downloaded it. Should be quite easy to implement. I’ve read way too many ‘ringers’ comments badmouthing something ONLY to post a link/name for THEIR product.

    2. Radio buttons/links to be able to SORT the comments—newest, oldest, worst, best….etc

    3. SOME way to tell if this software can be used on another computer if mine dies! This does happen and it’s a real loss if you got used to a piece of software but it’s no longer available, and your original was corrupted/timed out.

    4. I would like a daily REMINDER emailed. For the ones who don’t want more email, you could make it an opt-in system, so only the people who want the reminders receive them.

    5. A separate and better reporting system for reporting errors. By mixing the error comments in with the regular stuff, it’s just confusing. We end up not knowing if it’s a TRUE error/problem with the program, or just some dumba** who doesn’t know how to install it. By having the commments so mixed, we have to read a BUNCH of them to get a “feel” if it’s just stupidity, or a REAL problem with the software.

    6. I appreciate your work, but if you could expand on the descriptions just a bit better—specifics about WHAT it does and what it does NOT do. That’s a big help to people whether to download or not.

    7. A reminder to people commenting (IN LARGE RED LETTERS!) to be SPECIFIC in your comments for god’s sake! If you don’t like it, SAY WHY YOU DON’T LIKE IT! If you do, say what you liked about it specifically. Random, “loved it, thanks” or “Pure junk” comments are really useless.

    THANKS!!!!

    Comment by CV — September 5th, 2009 at 7:57 pm
  45. Hi: What would enhance my experience with your great site would be easy access to comments ect from users for the software that has been given away. The comments no matter how sarcastic or negative are so valuable when evaluating software for purchase. Many of the great free software I have purchased so I can get full support or whatever. What I am suggesting is a process for searching software for the past giveaways and the associated comments. Thanks for a wonderful site!

    Comment by Rick Thomas — September 7th, 2009 at 6:35 am
  46. To the GAOTD Staff,

    The idea of what & how you offer the software is great, and appreciated.

    A simple 5 star rating system would be great; allowing the lower rating to be increased incrementally to a higher rating a the software writer or manufacturer address noted problems, short comings, etc. would restore a any rating damages caused by those [ringers] wishing to trash the offering of the day, or from those who legitimately encounter problems during installation, or initial product use. Keeping this system open for up to 48-72 hours post offering would be great for those like me who install, give a very basic trial run, then use it later (post offering expiration time) I’m on Pacific Time, so you can see some issues here.

    Regarding past comments on whether or not you have the software already installed & a way to verify it. Perhaps a list (on a different page) of previous releases or names of the program it super-sceeds or upgrades, and incompatible with would be great. Keep this within the GAOTD release family only.

    Transferability of the program and licenses. Please indicate if & how multiple copies are allowed to be made. I’d like to install some programs on my wife’s LT or home DT without having to ‘beat the clock’.

    Thanks again for all that you do, it IS appreciated more than you know!

    Comment by Tom — September 9th, 2009 at 2:12 pm
  47. THE NAME AND LICENSE# SHOULD BE UNIQUE FOR EACH USER
    Also see comments #2, #7, #40.

    I will be replacing/upgrading from Visa 64/Windows7 RC and installing Windows7 when available – then patching it from the manufacturer’s website.
    Since most likely I will not be able to reinstall any software downloaded, installed and registered with you – with previous OS versions, I most likely will be going to the programs’ website.

    CNET allows me to be notified of any new version of any program I ask for.
    WILL YOU?

    Now read this:
    #1 For a proper evaluation system it should be integrated in such a way – that after I exit the program (after I installed, registered and used this software- at least once [ maybe 2 to 3 times ]) – I get a window asking me to evaluate this program.
    And only then -this window goes to a secured page – an evaluation/survey page.
    Comments # 18, #20, #25, #26 apply.

    #2 Requesting their email and other info – Why – So what’s wrong for –Declaring a “Contest A month” where GAOTD and or by the Companies themselves – declare 1 winner for the LEGITIMATE FULLY FUNCTIONAL software package as declared that they get – FREE.
    Well — I DARE YOU!

    Questions for GAOTD.
    Do you give the software companies the feedback on your feedback page and or allow them to review it?
    Do they?
    Can you implement #2 above – with the software companies?
    What’s the problem?!!!!
    Can you integrate all the above and get it going?

    WE ARE ALL WAITING FOR AN ANSWER!

    Comment by MA'EL — September 13th, 2009 at 6:02 pm
  48. I want to say first Thank you for having this service available to all. Second I would like to say that a lot of the software does not appeal to everyone, which is fine, because you can never please all the people all the time, we are like a box of crayola crayons, we have have different ideas and use the computer in different ways for different reasons, it’s exciting. Now with that being said, I personally would like to see a great software program called FotoMix as a give away of the day. It is an image combining software and is a great alternative to Photoshop, PSP and others. It is user friendly and makes simple task of complicated ones. I know there are others out there who have the same difficulties as I getting their heads around some of the processes of the more advanced programs and it is nice to have one that is as awesome as this one is.

    There is so much free stuff out in the www that it is difficult to know what is and is’t right for everyone, therefore GAOTD is the best source for these kinds of decisions. I do have a drawback problem with the fact that if you download and perhaps want to wait before installing the software, well you loose out because the registration process has to be done within the time limit. I do live with that fact, so that is the way it is.

    I am a BIG fan of GAOTD but there is much improvement that can be made, which I am sure they will get it figured out. Again I would like to express my heart felt thanks to them and their team for providing this service to us all.

    PS I personally would like to see a little less of the technical type of software and more of the things that even us non-geeks can use in our everyday computing life.

  49. The main thing is to seperate – want it / don’t want it opinions (which may be useful to gauge interest), from good / bad opinions.

    If you gave away MS Office for free, it would get negs from people that were not after an office suite!

    Basic fact, nothing will be a hit with everyone, and a lot of responses are about hit/miss.

    One other suggestion, maybe not within the “of the day” scope, but perhaps a repository of “old version free / new version upgrade” offers.

    Comment by The Leecher — September 20th, 2009 at 8:51 am
  50. There are several GOTD apps that I looked at and downloaded. The first two I downloaded but didn’t install in time, and that pissed me off. I think you should be able to install the software later.

    As for the reviews … there are some apps that looked appealing, but upon reading the reviews, I decided not to bother with it. You do have to wade through a lot of useless comments, but several people do take the time to post really useful comments, which I really appreciate.

    I think that comments regarding installation errors should be put into another area entirely. There are SO MANY things that can gum-up installation of just about anything that it’s meaningless to hear people are having problems. I take it as a given that SOME folks will have trouble. And SOME anti-virus software will falsely tag an app. And SOME firewalls will prevent a registration key from working. Who cares? It has nothing at all to do with the app — unless of course there’s a bug in the installer and more than a few random errors are being reported.

    I think the debates about Windows vs. Mac in the comments are worthless.

    I think people who are commenting on the ad and the vendor’s web site rather than the software are worthless. That said, I did visit one vendor’s site and the preview video was in Silverlight, in a version that won’t run under Windows XP. They’ve been drinking too much Microsoft Kool-Aid! Silverlight only works on 15% of the machines in the world, while Flash runs on 99%. If you’re wanting the greatest possible exposure to your stuff, why make videos that only a fraction of your visitors can watch?

    But most of all, I DO like to see comments where people compare the features of the current offer with other software, free or not.

    Comment by David — September 21st, 2009 at 3:07 am
  51. Not being the most computer savvy kind of person, I read all the comments that are written about the product and the information on the products main site before deciding whether are not to download and try it out. I agree that whatever type of feedback system GAOTD decides on should focus on both the positives and negatives of the of the software. I do not find a comment that just says it’s good or bad helpful. I also find that when a comment includes a reference to other products of the same type (without being a sales pitch for the other product) can be helpful. Most of the information that I try to understand before deciding to use any new software has already been stated by others, except I would stress the need for the product developers to state not only which OS the product works best on but also whether 32 or 64 and if there are any known possible conflicts with existing software.

    Comment by xtremviewer — September 24th, 2009 at 3:51 am
  52. Along with a rating scale 1-5 or whatever, you could include a button for “Not Interested” — which would cover people who used ti vote thumbs down just because they weren’t interested.

    Comment by SoftMyst — September 24th, 2009 at 9:46 am
  53. .
    1) How do I ‘subscribe’ to GOTD??
    .
    2) I concur with everyone else who REQUIRES being able to move my GOTD software to a new OS Build or a new PC!!!!

    How are we allowed to do so????
    Maybe using a Software/User Info mover like ”PCmover”?!?!?!?!

    Please email me with answer.

    Comment by Long Time GOTD User.... — September 26th, 2009 at 7:39 pm
  54. Ditto!! I swapped my hd for a new larger one and can’t reinstall those programs I got from your site. A lot of them are very good and I was hoping to reinstall on a fresh install of windows vs. drive copying and keeping all the old clutter.

    Comment by k s — October 3rd, 2009 at 1:42 pm
  55. how about creating a web slice (for internet explorer 8) that shows the current giveaway. Sometimes, i forget to visit the website everyday, and a quick look at the given program would help!!!

    Comment by Mos — October 4th, 2009 at 1:03 am
  56. The 1 single problem I have with any of the software is, I try to install all my software to my external because we all know systems crash and we loose some software that we really like and use a lot, only sometimes some software will not run unless it is installed to C drive or where ever your windows runs from, I have lost some really awesome software from GOTD but…..I have also received some really awesome software from here so I guess for free software I really cant complain, love this site and pass the word often, keep up the great work guys

  57. What if the folks who often install and use developers software and evaluate the software regularly are offered a fully functional software, up datable up gradable help assistance and all ” fully functional ” software, at GOTD or developers choosing of course. just seems like a nice little initiative bonus type thing, maybe 1 free software a year for those who participate regularly, just a thought

  58. me personally I put every piece of software I use through hell-fire trials lol, like the latest DVD ripping software WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, awesome software, I tested every function even though the simplest settings work great, you folks do a super great job, keep it up. oh yea ! and Team GOTD, lunch is on me today.

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