Over the past several weeks, I’ve been getting progressively more frequent emails from the Binary Canary monitoring service letting me know that CalTopo was down. It was sometimes unresponsive for extended periods of time, but since it generally came back on its own, I did what any good developer would do and ignored the problem until it reached red alert levels.
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- Most of the site will always be free. From a purely self-interested perspective, I want to be able to hop on someone’s laptop and sketch out a map without having to log in, verify my account, etc.
- Any paid features would be part of a subscription rather than pay-per-use. A number of people have suggested pay-per-print, but that seems rather petty; I’d prefer that people not have to ration their usage.
- I’ll try to align paid features with my cost structure, i.e. the features that cost me more time or server resources to support will be the ones I charge for.
- Everything, including offline map data, will continue to be free for SAR and other first responders.
- I’ll be selling related items like GPS maps and 3D posters as an additional funding source.