Charlie H. wrote:
Discussing this in public is NOT price fixing.
I agree with you here and I’m glad you wrote this. I see now that the
link was provided to show why others didn’t want to discuss this, not
that it was price fixing. Sorry about that.
This price FAQ is more
about why a HTML Writer’s Guild won’t discuss prices. They’re just
trying to keep their libability to a minimum. It’s a big difference
between what we’re doing here and HTML Guild suggesting prices. That
would be price fixing. Better for them to stay away from it altogether.
We can let the Guild do what they want. It’s their choice to run their
forum the way they want. There is no such restriction here AFAIK.
Also, I would not have done what the Guild has done and wouldn’t
recommend it here. If I have the freedom to discuss something, then I
will. I do not apply a filter and surrender hard earned rights because
others are worried about some risk of liability. There are plenty of
things that are more risky and we do them without any trouble.
Out in the open is a great way to ensure there is no fixing. Offline,
closed doors, and you might run into trouble. Besides, who here can
really control prices? There are too many places to go for developers
to even try to fix a price. It would be a wasted effort.
I’d love to put this boogeyman to rest. If people want to reveal their
prices, go ahead. If you choose to be risk averse, don’t read this
thread and certainly don’t contribute to it!