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  • Why is feature X missing from Revive Adserver?
  • I can't believe Revive Adserver doesn't do X. Why doesn't it have thisdo it?
  • Revive Adserver is useless fo me without feature X. Why isn't it there, and when are you going to add it?
  • Everyone needs feature X! Are you adding it in the next release?
  • Why don't you have documentation for X?

Background

The core development team of Revive Adserver took over what was then called OpenX Source and re-named it Revive Adserver back in 2013, with one goal in mind - to offer the project the a new chance to grow progress once again, after years of stagnating.

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For the first three years, though, everything that the core team did was on a volunteer basis. Although the core team are dedicated to making as much happen as possible, as soon as possible, the truth is that there will alway be more ideas for new features than a small team that volunteers its time will be able to do. So, to achieve even more than we did in the first 3 years, something needed to change.

Patreon

In 2017, Revive Adserver launched a project on Patreon - a crowd-funding website that allows supporters (patrons) to help fund Revive Adserver development and support work, by making a small (or larger!) monthly contribution. 

In the course of the first year, we are thrilled that Revive Adserver users have helped us meet our first two goals, and that we are now well on our way to meeting our third goal.

What About Feature X?

If you're wondering what all of this has to do with why feature X is missing from Revive Adserver, it's this: If a feature you need is missing from Revive Adserver, it's going to come down to one of two reasons:

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Alternatively, if the core team does want to support this feature, but hasn't been able to dedicate time to build it yet, then you have a few more options:

Support Revive Adserver on Patreon

Supporting Revive Adserver on Patreon is by far the most effective thing you can do, if you're not a developer who can implement the feature yourself. Although we're delighted with the progress made so far, and the current level of support we have is amazing, we definitely need more. It might seem like we're making a lot of money each month, but in 2017, the core team made less than 1/2 a month's rent from Patreon, which . This helps a lot, compared with where we used to be, but we have a long way to go before the core team can start to turn away other paid work to really focus on Revive Adserver on a more consistently regular basis.

Develop the Feature

If you're a developer, and you can build the feature, then please do so, and submit us a pull request on GitHub!

Sponsor the Feature

Finally, if you use Revive Adserver in a commercial setting, and you're making money from the product, then consider - if the feature is absolutely essential to your business, but you're not able or willing to sign up to Patreon, then please consider if you'd be willing to sponsor the development of your feature. Although the core development team prefers Patreon sponsorship, we do accept corporate sponsorship for specific features.