Over recent years, we've observed a significant decline in website usage, likely attributed to our pdf templates being shared by the students and distributed internally by the educators. While we are humbled by the widespread utilization and the value our service provides, the reduced usage has impacted our ability to continue maintaining this platform, and we are falling way short of recovering the initial development costs.
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If you are a teacher, we encourage you, rather than redistributing our templates, to place a link to the paper helicopter experiment website on your design of experiments course homepage:
...this way, you empower your students with the choice to either utilize our paid service and save time or to create the templates by themselves - which mirrors the types of constraints an experimental planner would encounter in real life.
If you are a student and receive our templates from your teacher - we'd like you to be aware that this isn't fair to us or to other students who choose to support our work. We'd appreciate your understanding and adherence to fair usage practices.
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