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User Story 1: Lie to 5 existing users Since we have only 5 users, we have decided to lie to them and tell them there are 500 users. Do you really think that these 5 users won't find it strange for a website to be dead even though it claims to have 500 users? User Story 2: Remind 5 existing users of how inactive the site is Let our existing users know ...


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I have a very reliable rule of thumb when it comes to metrics: If I'm not proud of a value, I don't advertise the value. First of all, let's talk about what that doesn't mean. It doesn't mean lying. This can be tricky sometimes, but there's a difference between lying and lack of disclosure. For example, I'm still in college, and I don't put my GPA on my ...


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The GPL allows that. However, the GPL requires that you give the source to everyone that gets your GPL application and allows anyone to modify and redistribute your code. If the GPL application you release is useful, it won't take long for someone to take your source, remove the ads, and redistribute the application. And, presumably, the vast majority of ...


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The legality or otherwise of this will depend on where you are and where your customers are. However, it is misleading, unethical and misrepresentation - any of which might get you in trouble with someone. In the initial stages of the life of the game simply don't show the number. Wait until you have a real number to show. An alternative might be to show ...


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I'm actually the owner of the blog @Mona mentions, and thought I'd chip in with some feedback about the current state of things. To answer the question - Yes, ads can be profitable for your average Android app. It all depends on how much capital you're investing in the app. If all you're putting into it is your time, and you're getting a few thousand ...


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Can I use GPL licensed jQuery scripts on the website? Yes, but see the third one. Can I use GPL licensed scripts while generating ad revenue from the page? Yes. GPL doesn't say anything about generating revenue. Do I need to provide my sites source to everyone if I use GPL licensed scripts? Excepted that the GPL gives you obligations ...


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Making up the number of registered users because the REAL number of registered users embarrasses you is simply unethical. It is lying, and if anyone ever found out, you would probably lose many customers as well as trust and good-will with the community. Would you want to play a multi-player game made by a company that deliberately lied about the number of ...


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I agree with ChrisF. Your not going to get a definitive answer short of having someone from facebook answer it. If I was them them, I would base the bid off these factors: Vertical What are industry averages for this category. You could use a tool like Google's Keyword Tool to find out Popularity What ratio of relavent content, to advertisers is there?...


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This is a legal question. You better treat this seriously. Read the privacy disclaimers on RSS feed that you are using. There should be information on what is allowed and what they don't want to be used or removed.


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When the number is in the single digits there will nobody to play at the same time you are on. For some games that would be deadly. Team first person shoot games with nobody else on line would be a problem. Hangman like games would take days to play. If you are charging to register, you have to be honest with the number of people registered and the number ...


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I'd say no, you should not remove ads from the feeds, especially if you're just going to add some ads of your own - that may or may not be legal (check with a lawyer), but it's definitely rude as all get out to remove his ads and put on your own. It's like those stupid web sites that take some other site's content, plaster tons of crummy ads and try to ...


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Is this Legal?: Probably, as long as you don't accept money based on the number (e.g. from advertisers or from people who specifically want to play the game with other people). Otherwise, you're effectively lying to them to make money, aka Fraud. Is this Ethical?: Of course not. Generally, when you have to ask on a website if something is ethical, then it's ...


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"Why don't I display 500 instead?!" ;) Because that's dishonest. Do you need more reason than that? If you're going to lie about the number of users, what else would you do? Would you rig the game so that your friends do better? And even if you wouldn't, why should your users believe you once they discover that there aren't really 499 other players? IANAL, ...


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Can I use GPL licensed jQuery scripts on the website? Absolutely. Can I use GPL licensed scripts while generating ad revenue from the page? Absolutely. The GPL has nothing to do with whether your website - or any application - is for profit or not. Do I need to provide my sites source to everyone if I use GPL licensed scripts? That's an extremely ...


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