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Alternative to BackerPass #310

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potomak opened this Issue Jan 20, 2019 · 8 comments

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potomak commented Jan 20, 2019

BackerPass, the service that we're currently using to accept donations for paying for Tomatoes hosting services, is sunsetting. We have until the end of January to find a replacement and to migrate current users donations.

What would be a good alternative to accept donations for the project?
What strategy we can use to migrate current donations?
How can we communicate to current donors about this migration?

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gragland commented Jan 21, 2019

I would recommend https://opencollective.com or https://patreon.com. Open Collective seems to be the most common for open source projects, as it has some features that OSS tends to want (like visibility into finances, ability for multiple contributors to get paid out, etc). But I think Patreon would also work reasonably well. Hopefully you can get some feedback from current donors (or other people that have yet to donate) since if most have an account with one of those platforms that might be the one to go with.

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typenil commented Jan 24, 2019

👍 for https://opencollective.com/
I've encountered it with other open source projects I use.

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babaliba commented Jan 25, 2019

I would recommend whatever reduces processing and payment costs.

As a donor I would appreciate the choice to pay for longer periods. For me a yearly payment would work better. Also the option to get at least a receipt (I do not need a proper invoice) would be great.

Thanks for the service anyway! I temporally tried another pomodoro methods due to a project without proper internet connection and I missed my daily and weekly rankings.

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potomak commented Jan 26, 2019

Tomatoes has already an OpenCollective project page: https://opencollective.com/tomatoes/.

I agree with @babaliba, OpenCollective charges 10% + Stripe fees, see https://opencollective.com/opensourcecollective.

What would you think of contributing using a cryptocurrency?

Another option would be to setup a bare Stripe account and a small interface in Tomatoes.

@babaliba isn't the credit card expense line enough as a receipt?

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babaliba commented Jan 28, 2019

Credit card expense line is fine. I just mention it because supporting other projects I get a more detailed expense report. Having said that do not worry about it.

A bare Stripe account could work. 10% for OpenCollective seems a lot of money I would prefer that money going to the project directly

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manzwebdesigns commented Jan 30, 2019

Maybe I am a bit naive, but couldn't we each one just setup a recurring charge on our bank to pay you directly?

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babaliba commented Feb 5, 2019

Recurring banking charges could be an issue for other currencies. For those like @manzwebdesigns it could work and that should be fine. Could Paypal be an alternative for those like me with bank accounts in Euros?

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andrew-chiz-muzychuk commented Feb 12, 2019

Or for those Stone Age countries like Belarus.

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