It never ceases to amaze me: DOCman has crossed 700.000 downloads (since March 2007, not counting alternative download locations). That makes it one of the most popular Joomla extensions out there. Because it’s so widespread, recently a lot of new third party DOCman addons have popped up. They even have their own category in the Joomla extensions directory. If you’ve developed one of these, or you’re planning on releasing a DOCman addon, rest assured: we’re totally cool with that. In fact, we highly encourage everyone to release their extensions to the community!
All we ask is that you play by the rules. It’s actually very simple: Your addons must be released under the GPL license. Joomla and DOCman are available to you for free, and are created by members of the community, so it’s only fair for extensions developers to adhere to the licenses for these applications. (This doesn’t mean you can’t charge for your extension; the GPL clearly allows that.)
I know from personal experience that for a couple of small addons, it’s not worth the trouble of maintaining a public forum. That’s why I closed down the old MjazTools forum and told my users to go to “3PD addons” category at the Joomlatools forum instead.
I’d like to invite all developers to do the same. Send users with questions about your extension to the forum here, and, more importantly, drop in every now then to answer those questions. Please be aware that all support and moderation on our forums is done by volunteers from the community. We can’t ask them to get to know each extension out there. A community forum only works when everybody tries to help out other people, as a favour to those that helped you.