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Posted by Dr Andus
Mar 30, 2020 at 12:33 AM


Dr Andus wrote:
>BTW, I recommend using the Stylus extension with this dark themed
> >https://userstyles.org/styles/180163/roam-research-dark

I took this screenshot for another purpose, but I might just as well share it here. It shows what a RoamResearch page looks like with the above dark theme:


This is showing my calendar page, which I created to make it easier to track and revisit tasks in my daily notes pages (which are automatically generated by RoamResearch). Some dates are missing, because I didn’t use Roam on those days. Plus some days are still in the future. Unticked days mean that I need to revisit those pages, as they have some incomplete todos.


Posted by NickG
May 6, 2020 at 08:02 AM


I see that charging ($15/month with some discounted categories) is planned for next month or thereabouts.

Interesting that they say specifically that the price is set to deter some users and get the numbers down



Posted by Paul Korm
May 6, 2020 at 09:33 AM


I see that the wording was “Beta price for Roam will be $15/month”.  Perhaps the “post-beta” price will be higher?  And a lower price for persons who “provide evidence they earned under 30k USD last year”.  What—share income documents with some guy running a cloud service as if Roam was some social services organization?  More of Roam’s tone-deaf marketing and PR.

Meanwhile, on the bright side, Obsidian is moving along.  Even just a few weeks into in very early development stages, it is ermerging as enjoyable, standalone alternative for many of Roam’s core features. 

NickG wrote:
I see that charging ($15/month with some discounted categories) is
>planned for next month or thereabouts.


Posted by tightbeam
May 6, 2020 at 10:45 AM


I imagine that the better features of Roam Research will be incorporated into other apps (Workflowy, for instance, soon will have “Roam-style backlinks”) marketed by developers less ... eccentric ... than the Roam guy, so it won’t matter what he charges.

From the same Roam Twitter feed: “Now starting to think it would be better to charge upfront and refund/give credits if you get bugs.” What’s a bug worth? Does everyone get a refund for the same bug, or just the person who reports it? Are some bugs worth more than other bugs? Must the bug in question earn less than $30k a year? Sounds like a good plan!


Posted by Gorski
May 6, 2020 at 02:37 PM


I doubt they’ll be charging anytime soon. They just closed off new signups because of scaling issues. Some people lost data.


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