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"Get Involved" nag line

asked 2018-12-11 19:49:33 +0200

landersohn gravatar image

Lately, in LibreOffice I get a nag window on top asking me to get involved. Are you trying to become obnoxious windows-like software? How do I get rid of that thing?

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"How dare you offer your program to everyone, and not shut up, but also sometimes show a bar asking to get involved and help the project?!!"

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2018-12-11 20:05:49 +0200 )edit

how i dare? - there is a prominent page in this regard on the download page - it is embarrassing if this shows up in a business setting, eg on a projector

i don't mind this in the about box but plastered over the screen is a turnoff

landersohn gravatar imagelandersohn ( 2018-12-11 23:58:12 +0200 )edit

Although I am not (yet) using LO v6, I can't recall ever seeing such a nag window in LO. Is this a new "feature" in LibreOffice??

ve3oat gravatar imageve3oat ( 2018-12-12 15:36:56 +0200 )edit

yes, it has been introduced in 6.1.

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2018-12-12 15:38:13 +0200 )edit

OK, thanks. In a sense, the Questioner has now become involved. Do you know if the nag window will recognize this and now stop appearing on his screen?

ve3oat gravatar imageve3oat ( 2018-12-12 17:22:11 +0200 )edit

:-) well - great you asked. Interesting thing that the AI in the infobar is not smart enough to see my involvement (although I am bold enough to think I am even more "involved").

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2018-12-12 18:17:21 +0200 )edit

ve3cat: It gets even worse with 6.2. Even if you donate, it will now still beg for more donations every 180 days

jluth gravatar imagejluth ( 2018-12-19 06:30:01 +0200 )edit

Marketing thinks that no one cares about the nagging because statistically they haven't heard any complaints. I added the "Stop begging" extension to the official templates and extensions website. Perhaps if that gets upvoted enough they will remove their inappropriate method of soliciting.

jluth gravatar imagejluth ( 2019-02-16 09:22:50 +0200 )edit

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answered 2018-12-17 19:09:35 +0200

jluth gravatar image

There is LibreOffice bug report 120271 about this topic ( which contains an extension that will disable both the Get Involved and Donate infobar messages for LibreOffice 6.1.3+.

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If you don't want to trust an extension, you can do it manually by setting the LastTime* settings to the maximum number 2147483646. In the LibreOffice menu, go to Tools - Options - LibreOffice - Advanced - Open Expert Configuration. Search for lasttime, and change the values for LastTimeGetInvolvedShown and LastTimeDonateShown.

jluth gravatar imagejluth ( 2018-12-19 06:38:14 +0200 )edit

Starting in LO 7.0, there is a new, generic way to disable cetain infobars, including donate and contribute. See This does not impact the current solution, which still works.

jluth gravatar imagejluth ( 2020-10-02 06:25:55 +0200 )edit
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