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Dear fine users of Diasporing.ch I would like to thank everyone who donated to any of my accounts, be bitcoins, paypal or liberapay. I totally wished for but never expected it, so I will keep bringing you awesome tools just like diaspora and mastodon.
Also in the interest of transparency, I wanted to say that the progress bar you see at the top of the main page only represents the amount given on Liberapay.
If by any chance after paying the hosting for the year there is still some money left, be sure that it will be used wisely and mainly on maintenance and improvement of the said server.

Thank you again, you made my geek heart happy :D

#donation #podmin #geek #liberapay #paypal #bitcoin #thankyou
 

Donate #Tor today, and #Mozilla will match your #donation.

Stand up for the universal human rights to #privacy and #freedom and help keep Tor independent, robust, and secure. -> https://donate.torproject.org/




#internet #security #donate #torproject
 
You can make a real difference in Jomana’s life. Join me on #Kiva https://www.kiva.org/invitedby/rafael5373/for/1628491

#donation
 
It looks like @Liberapay is back in action, using Stripe and PayPal as payment processors. Luckily for us, we already have accounts with both, so we are able to accept donations via Liberapay again! Please consider donating $1/€1 per month to help keep this pod and our other services alive. If Liberapay isn't your thing, you can find other options on our donation page. Thanks!

#liberapay #paypal #stripe #donate #donation #nonprofit
 

Liberapay status update


No, we’re not dead.

Three months ago we announced that Liberapay was in trouble. Since then we’ve been working on adapting the platform to work with other payment service providers, and today we’re finally ready to announce that #Liberapay now supports two separate payment processors: Stripe and PayPal.

What you need to do


If you use Liberapay to receive #donations: you need to connect at least one Stripe or PayPal account, otherwise donations to you cannot be processed. If both #Stripe and #PayPal are available in your country then we recommend setting up both.

If you’re a donor: you don’t have to do anything right now. You will automatically receive a notification when it’s time to renew your donations. Note: the page to manage your donations has been redesigned to fit how Liberapay works now, and also to fit small screens.



How Liberapay works now


As stated in our previous blog post the way donations are processed needed to evolve for Liberapay to be able to survive and grow. This announcement caused some confusion and worry, so here’s an attempt to better explain the change.

In the past when a user wanted to donate they were asked to add money into their “wallet”, and once the money had arrived it was transferred little by little every Wednesday to the donation recipient(s). This created a very long delay (sometimes years) between when the donor sent the money and when the beneficiary actually received all of it. During that time the money stayed idle in Mangopay wallets, not being useful to anyone.

Now the entire amount of a payment goes immediately to the Stripe or PayPal account of the recipient, there are no more wallets. However, the donations are still recurrent: the amount of money sent still corresponds to a specific number of weeks and the donor is still notified when it’s time to renew the #donation.

Let’s take an example: Alice wants to donate $1 per week to Bob, and she decides to send $12 for her first payment. In the old system the money would have gone into her Mangopay wallet, then every Wednesday $1 would have been transferred from that wallet to Bob’s wallet, until there wasn’t any money left in Alice’s wallet. In the new system the $12 go directly to the Stripe or PayPal account of Bob, and every week Liberapay subtracts $1 from the amount that Alice has paid in advance, until that number reaches zero. In both systems Alice receives an email notification after 12 weeks reminding her that it’s time to pay again, and Bob receives an email every week informing him that his income” is $1, even though in the new system Bob actually receives the $12 on the first week instead of $1 payments every week.

If Alice decides to modify the amount of her donation, then the date of the next payment changes accordingly. For example, if immediately after paying she increases her donation to $2 per week, then the renewal will be 6 weeks later instead of 12. However, if Alice decides to stop the donation she will not automatically receive a refund of the money she has paid in advance, because this isn’t implemented yet. If you stop a donation and you would like a refund please contact us.

A big shortcoming of the new system is that every donation has to be paid separately, which can be quite annoying if you have many of them. We’re planning to tackle this problem in two different ways: by avoiding it whenever possible (Stripe and PayPal both have partial support for doing multiple payments at once), and by making it easier to manage the multiple payments when we can’t bundle them all together. The latter involves helping the donor to schedule the payments in an optimal way, then either executing them automatically (if desired and possible) or simply notifying the donor when it’s time.

Another important issue is that PayPal payments are currently not anonymous, the donor and the recipient can see each other’s email address. We may be able to fix that in the future, it depends on getting approval from PayPal.

Finally, a drawback of abandoning wallets is that Liberapay’s team system relied heavily on them. We’ve been able to make donations to teams work again, but only in a simplistic way: when a donor wants to send money to a team our software selects one of the team’s members to receive it, whereas ideally the payment should be split into multiple transfers so that every member receives its share. This shortcoming means that some members can receive more money than they should, although over time the disparity should tend to disappear as new payments are received by the other team members.

Status of Mangopay


We disabled adding money to a wallet on July 19th, and stopped processing transfers between wallets on August 21st. However, withdrawing money to a bank account is still possible. As of today €23.6k and $2.6k remain stored in 640 wallets. You may want to check your wallet.

Image/photo

Thanks to the donors who followed the recommendation in our previous blog post, a total of €37k and $5.8k was donated in advance, thus greatly reducing the short term impact of the Mangopay crisis on the available income of creators. Unfortunately €16.8k and $8k were refunded to donors instead, either by choice or by inaction (on August 25th we refunded as much of what was left in the wallets of donors as possible). Hopefully at least some of that money was donated in other ways.

About Stripe and PayPal


Stripe and PayPal are both #payment services that can be used without Liberapay, whereas Mangopay accounts cannot be accessed directly by their owners and aren’t shared between platforms. This big difference means that if you were to stop using Liberapay you would still be able to receive #payments through Stripe and PayPal in other ways.

Stripe is a payment service designed to help businesses collect payments from their customers easily and securely. On Liberapay it allows donors to pay by card directly from our website, whereas PayPal payments require redirecting the donor to PayPal’s website. Stripe also supports other payment methods in addition to cards, the one we’re currently working on is the SEPA Direct Debit, which as you may know we used to support through #Mangopay.

Stripe’s biggest flaw is that it only supports sending money to a relatively small number of countries (less than 30), so some of our users cannot use it. This is one of the reasons why we also support PayPal, which operates pretty much worldwide (more than 200 countries).

While it is sad that Stripe isn’t more global, at least they’re clear about which countries they support, whereas Mangopay wasn’t clear at all and even silently dropped support for countries they had users in! Liberapay will work much better outside of Europe now that we use Stripe and PayPal instead of Mangopay, and we will be able to support many more #currencies in the future.

Conclusion


Liberapay is recovering, but it will take at least several more months before everything is fully operational again.

Original post on #Medium

#OpenSource #en #Crowdfunding #Micropayments #Commons
 

Liberapay status update


No, we’re not dead.

Three months ago we announced that Liberapay was in trouble. Since then we’ve been working on adapting the platform to work with other payment service providers, and today we’re finally ready to announce that #Liberapay now supports two separate payment processors: Stripe and PayPal.

What you need to do


If you use Liberapay to receive #donations: you need to connect at least one Stripe or PayPal account, otherwise donations to you cannot be processed. If both #Stripe and #PayPal are available in your country then we recommend setting up both.

If you’re a donor: you don’t have to do anything right now. You will automatically receive a notification when it’s time to renew your donations. Note: the page to manage your donations has been redesigned to fit how Liberapay works now, and also to fit small screens.



How Liberapay works now


As stated in our previous blog post the way donations are processed needed to evolve for Liberapay to be able to survive and grow. This announcement caused some confusion and worry, so here’s an attempt to better explain the change.

In the past when a user wanted to donate they were asked to add money into their “wallet”, and once the money had arrived it was transferred little by little every Wednesday to the donation recipient(s). This created a very long delay (sometimes years) between when the donor sent the money and when the beneficiary actually received all of it. During that time the money stayed idle in Mangopay wallets, not being useful to anyone.

Now the entire amount of a payment goes immediately to the Stripe or PayPal account of the recipient, there are no more wallets. However, the donations are still recurrent: the amount of money sent still corresponds to a specific number of weeks and the donor is still notified when it’s time to renew the #donation.

Let’s take an example: Alice wants to donate $1 per week to Bob, and she decides to send $12 for her first payment. In the old system the money would have gone into her Mangopay wallet, then every Wednesday $1 would have been transferred from that wallet to Bob’s wallet, until there wasn’t any money left in Alice’s wallet. In the new system the $12 go directly to the Stripe or PayPal account of Bob, and every week Liberapay subtracts $1 from the amount that Alice has paid in advance, until that number reaches zero. In both systems Alice receives an email notification after 12 weeks reminding her that it’s time to pay again, and Bob receives an email every week informing him that his income” is $1, even though in the new system Bob actually receives the $12 on the first week instead of $1 payments every week.

If Alice decides to modify the amount of her donation, then the date of the next payment changes accordingly. For example, if immediately after paying she increases her donation to $2 per week, then the renewal will be 6 weeks later instead of 12. However, if Alice decides to stop the donation she will not automatically receive a refund of the money she has paid in advance, because this isn’t implemented yet. If you stop a donation and you would like a refund please contact us.

A big shortcoming of the new system is that every donation has to be paid separately, which can be quite annoying if you have many of them. We’re planning to tackle this problem in two different ways: by avoiding it whenever possible (Stripe and PayPal both have partial support for doing multiple payments at once), and by making it easier to manage the multiple payments when we can’t bundle them all together. The latter involves helping the donor to schedule the payments in an optimal way, then either executing them automatically (if desired and possible) or simply notifying the donor when it’s time.

Another important issue is that PayPal payments are currently not anonymous, the donor and the recipient can see each other’s email address. We may be able to fix that in the future, it depends on getting approval from PayPal.

Finally, a drawback of abandoning wallets is that Liberapay’s team system relied heavily on them. We’ve been able to make donations to teams work again, but only in a simplistic way: when a donor wants to send money to a team our software selects one of the team’s members to receive it, whereas ideally the payment should be split into multiple transfers so that every member receives its share. This shortcoming means that some members can receive more money than they should, although over time the disparity should tend to disappear as new payments are received by the other team members.

Status of Mangopay


We disabled adding money to a wallet on July 19th, and stopped processing transfers between wallets on August 21st. However, withdrawing money to a bank account is still possible. As of today €23.6k and $2.6k remain stored in 640 wallets. You may want to check your wallet.

Image/photo

Thanks to the donors who followed the recommendation in our previous blog post, a total of €37k and $5.8k was donated in advance, thus greatly reducing the short term impact of the Mangopay crisis on the available income of creators. Unfortunately €16.8k and $8k were refunded to donors instead, either by choice or by inaction (on August 25th we refunded as much of what was left in the wallets of donors as possible). Hopefully at least some of that money was donated in other ways.

About Stripe and PayPal


Stripe and PayPal are both #payment services that can be used without Liberapay, whereas Mangopay accounts cannot be accessed directly by their owners and aren’t shared between platforms. This big difference means that if you were to stop using Liberapay you would still be able to receive #payments through Stripe and PayPal in other ways.

Stripe is a payment service designed to help businesses collect payments from their customers easily and securely. On Liberapay it allows donors to pay by card directly from our website, whereas PayPal payments require redirecting the donor to PayPal’s website. Stripe also supports other payment methods in addition to cards, the one we’re currently working on is the SEPA Direct Debit, which as you may know we used to support through #Mangopay.

Stripe’s biggest flaw is that it only supports sending money to a relatively small number of countries (less than 30), so some of our users cannot use it. This is one of the reasons why we also support PayPal, which operates pretty much worldwide (more than 200 countries).

While it is sad that Stripe isn’t more global, at least they’re clear about which countries they support, whereas Mangopay wasn’t clear at all and even silently dropped support for countries they had users in! Liberapay will work much better outside of Europe now that we use Stripe and PayPal instead of Mangopay, and we will be able to support many more #currencies in the future.

Conclusion


Liberapay is recovering, but it will take at least several more months before everything is fully operational again.

Original post on #Medium

#OpenSource #en #Crowdfunding #Micropayments #Commons
 
Hi everyone at diasporing.ch, I wanted first to thank every single one of you because the amount of users has increased and its making me very happy and slightly worried. Very happy because more people means better visibility for the pod and for the decentralized web, so don't hesitate to invite all the people you know because the more the merrier.
Then it's also making me slightly worried, because the server hard drive space is currently at half capacity, and even though it took nearly 2 years to get to that state, it's now accelerating. So the server is going to be out of space next year for sure.
So I will have to either close the new users from being able to register or increase the space, and who says increase space means increase cost. So to be perfectly transparent, I currently receive around 70 cents per week on liberapay, which only covers 4% of the cost of running this server.
So what I would like is to make a donation drive to be able to get 9.- per month from 10 persons per month. You would agree that it's not really asking much...
So tell me dear users what should I do to convince you? Should I dance the makarena or jump to the moon and back?
Don't hesitate to pm me or send me emails I always answer to those.
Enjoy your time on my pod and let's hope to keep it up against all odds!

#podmin #donation #users #worried #honest #happy #decentralized #liberapay #finance
 

Finally, I have deleted my #Google account today!


It was a long an challenging breakup. It started roughly 2 years ago, when I was not able to ignore anymore that Google started switching to the #darkside.

You can easily guess which social network I use instead of #googleplus. [Yes, I use and <3 #diaspora* ;-).]
Instead of #gmail, I use the email account provided by my workplace and #disroot for personal emails.
I chat by using #xmpp (via clients #conversations and #gajim using #omemo for #encryption).
I use #davdroid to synchronize my contact list, calendar and tasklist to my #moblie.
Instead of #chrome, I use #firefox, #torbrowser, #iceweasel, and #icecat.
Instead of #webmail, use #thundebird, #icedove and #k9 email clients.
I use #nextcloud and #syncthing, instead of #googledrive.
For #searching, I sue #duckduckgo and #searx.
Instead of #android, I use #replicant.

Instead of paying with my #privacy, I pay with #donation using #liberapay.


I'm also grateful to @Tiberiu C. Turbureanu (from #technoethical) for helping me fixing my broken replicant install.
 

Hello user : Looking for a good cause ? joindiaspora.com !


joindiaspora.com is one of biggest pod in the federation and fails to get its #donation target.

Help them !


#cause #diaspora #podmin
 

GIMP receives a $100K donation


Handshake and GNOME Foundation donated $100,000 to GIMP.
Article word count: 166

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=17925637
Posted by domedefelice (karma: 202)
Post stats: Points: 181 - Comments: 75 - 2018-09-06T12:11:41Z

\#HackerNews #100k #donation #gimp #receives
Article content:

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Earlier this month, GNOME Foundation announced that they receieved a $400,000 donation from Handshake.org, of which $100,000 they transferred to GIMP’s account.

We thank both Handshake.org and GNOME Foundation for the generous donation and will use the money to do much overdue hardware upgrade for the core team members and organize the next hackfest to bring the team together, as well as sponsor the next instance of [1]Libre Graphics Meeting.

[2]Handshake is a decentralized, permissionless naming protocol compatible with DNS where every peer is validating and in charge of managing the root zone with the goal of creating an alternative to existing Certificate Authorities. Its purpose is not to replace the DNS protocol, but to replace the root zone file and the root servers with a public commons.

GNOME Foundation is a non-profit organization that furthers the goals of the [3]GNOME Project, helping it to create a free software computing platform for the general public that is designed to be elegant, efficient, and easy to use.

References

Visible links
1. https://libregraphicsmeeting.org/
2. https://handshake.org/
3. https://www.gnome.org/

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I still like Lukas Matt for running J O I N D I A S P O R A despite not being able to meet his donation target !!!

#donation #podmin
 
Dear people of Diasporing.ch I wanted to tell you that Liberapay has now fixed its problem with the bank they had, and is now available to receive money again. I've done the necessary modifications to the account so that it will correctly send the money to the FairSocialNet bank account.
If you feel so included to start supporting this website it would be a great help! Thank you in advance!
Yours sincerely Tursiops, your friendly podmin.

#podmin #liberapay #donation #diasporing
 
- Opt-out #organ #donation in #place by #2020 for #England


Under the plans detailed by ministers, adults will be presumed to be organ donors unless they have specifically recorded their decision not to be.
https://www.bbc.com/news/health-45056780
 
- Opt-out #organ #donation in #place by #2020 for #England


Under the plans detailed by ministers, adults will be presumed to be organ donors unless they have specifically recorded their decision not to be.
https://www.bbc.com/news/health-45056780
 

Please donate to the Libreboot founder


The Libreboot founder, Leah Rowe, needs money for an operation that is probably the most important one in her life: gender reassignment surgery. She cannot afford to pay for the operation herself because she has funded Libreboot with her money and paid a lot of money to get Libreboot onto server hardware and other hardware. You can read more about this topic here:

https://vimuser.org/surgery/

Plase consider making a donation to her. She has given so much money to make Libreboot available to us all for free. I don't think that it is asked too much to give her some of our money in return.

This is also one of the very rare occasions where I ask you to reshare this post so that more people know about this opportunity where you can directly help someone else in the free and libre software community by sending money.

#Libreboot #FLOSS #LeahRowe #Donation #Surgery #Help
 

Please donate to the Libreboot founder


The Libreboot founder, Leah Rowe, needs money for an operation that is probably the most important one in her life: gender reassignment surgery. She cannot afford to pay for the operation herself because she has funded Libreboot with her money and paid a lot of money to get Libreboot onto server hardware and other hardware. You can read more about this topic here:

https://vimuser.org/surgery/

Plase consider making a donation to her. She has given so much money to make Libreboot available to us all for free. I don't think that it is asked too much to give her some of our money in return.

This is also one of the very rare occasions where I ask you to reshare this post so that more people know about this opportunity where you can directly help someone else in the free and libre software community by sending money.

#Libreboot #FLOSS #LeahRowe #Donation #Surgery #Help
 
**And we're back bigger and better! **
So the story begins with a small server receiving about a day's worth of public posts at once and being a bit overwhelmed by all this...
In the moments after it started to become unstable and crash, that's why if you have tried to access the site in the last 15 to 30 minutes you might have seen a message saying it couldn't be reached for maintenance or because it was too busy, because it was!
So since a few weeks it was already obvious that the current server config was becoming was too small for what it was growing in.
I've tried to trick it into freeing as much ressources as I could but in the end it could barely hold the load.
So long story short, I made a generous donation to myself, and upgraded the server until next January where I would need to have around 800 CHF to renew the hosting for a year. Yeah I know it's a big number, specially knowing that currently I have around 2$ of recurring donations per week (not counting single donations).
So I might be able to renew it myself, but I also might not we never know... So this is a call for a renewed action for donations to keep this service running at the current specs level. (btw I literally doubled the power, to 4 cpu and 12G of ram)
So pretty please gimme money lol ! ;) Liberapay donation

I will be eternally grateful!

Your devoted podmin!

#podmin #diaspora #server #crash #overload #notice #donation #better #alloftheabove
 
Hi Leute bin wieder zurück. ;-) Meine Mastodon-Instanz lahmt gerade etwas. Der RAM ist knapp.

Wenn jemand helfen will, mehr RAM dauerhaft zu finanzieren: https://liberapay.com/thomasleister/

Würde mich über Unterstützung freuen!

#metalhead.club #donation
 
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