Thank you @Justin_Barrett !
@Dominik_Bosnjak - first of all, I’m glad you like the site
To add some comments to your points:
Not long after the scripting app was released and after I had set up airscript.dev, Airtable asked me if they could link to the site and, of course, I said “yes!”. I think they did this because the scripting app was a big thing for Airtable and opened up a lot of possibilities and anything that promoted this in the right way was worth linking to. (I have no idea if this is actually true, just what I think). I think it also helped that the content was aimed at non-expert developers.
As @Justin_Barrett notes, the copy was on the site before Airtable decided to link to it. I’ve never thought to modify this text since then. Is a link an endorsement? It is a good question and maybe I will update the text. What I’m really trying to say to visitors here is “this site isn’t by Airtable - you can’t blame them for the content of this site”. I also tell users that they use the scripts at their own risk. Same kind of thing, really.
Guilty! Yes, sometimes, if I see a particularly relevant post on the forum, I link to a post on Airscripts that addresses the question.
My reading of this is that Airtable didn’t do it “for free”. It was a value exchange - they traded something they had of value (the link) for something which they perceived to have value for them (a site about Airtable scripting that they didn’t have to write). On the face of it, I write posts on Airscripts and on the forum “for free”, but, again, I’m trading my time for something in return - to exercise my brain, reputation, introductions to potential clients, opportunity to be “an expert” (I’ll let you be the judge ), lots of reasons.
Just because I know I’d be interested in this: airscript.dev gets about 500 - 600 unique visitors a month. I don’t make any money directly from the site - no ads, no subscriptions - but people do contact me occasionally about doing Airtable development for them, so I have earned some money indirectly.