Thanks for taking the time to respond John.
While it’s been fun to watch certain MH members expose themselves as two-faced hypocrites and liars by publically claiming they have never supported splits and trades, when there are posts, PMs and emails proving they have actually taken part in ones the past (you people know who you are) I’m getting bored, so it’s time to lay our cards on the table.
So far you have not provided any reason why discussion of MH bundle splits (specifically and limited to MH bundles) needs to be banned. And until you can I will continue to (silently – I’m not going to post any more in this thread) question your integrity.
The argument that bundle splits create extra work for developers does not apply in the case of MH bundle splits since all the work is done through the MH gifting feature. It makes absolutely no difference to individual developers whether I arrange to split a MH bundle with a friend in real-life versus one or more I met on the MH forum.
The argument that bundle splits create piracy since there is no way to ensure the original purchaser doesn’t continue to use the license information does not apply in the case of MH bundle splits since license information is sent directly to the person assigned as the gift recipient at the time of purchase.
The argument that bundle splits have little or no impact on sales revenues for the bundle organizer is yours so I’ll let it stand, in which case this also fails to provide a reason not to allow MH bundle splits to be arranged on the forum.
MH had the opportunity to provide a convenient and safe model of how splits can work for the bundle market, but instead decided to choose the option that limits customer choice the most.
You say this decision has been brewing for a while, and yet you sat back and watched the most recent MUPromo (one of your major competitors) turn into “probably the biggest failure in bundle history as far as the major bundle players go.” But then you still want to claim this is not a business decision, and that it's actually the fault of piracy.
You want me to accept that you're simply a victim of bad timing (that it's purely a coincidence that this new policy comes nicely after most other bundle organizations have finished their activities but before MH holds its flagship event) while dismissing anyone looking to maintain a dialog on the issue as simply thieves on the make.
A previous poster talked of the need of having the courage of your convictions, and I couldn’t agree more. The only way for me to prove I’m not a thief is to continue to support bundles through purchases, and to make sure that any splits I’m involved in are legitimate and follow the terms of the bundle.
The way you can convince me that your intentions are pure is to allow spits of MH bundles (since they do not present any of the issues raised) on the forum.
I’m prepared to put my money where my mouth is, are you?
I pledge to show my support for a decision to allow MH bundle splits by buying at least one copy of the next MH bundle for myself (whether I need any of the apps or not) as well as a second which I will split for free among the next n* (n* = number of apps in the bundle) individuals (excluding MH staff and mods) to post in this thread.
Obviously if splits are still prohibited it will be impossible for me to arrange who gets which free app, in which case everyone gets nothing.
Earn us both 5000MB extra space when signing up for Dropbox, thanks