Yesterday, our second-to-last “big” feature addition got online (last will be a “buy-now” option). So now we have a way to support your favourite open source, commons-oriented, open hardware and other beneficial but non-commercial projects, with moneyless donations.
To check it out: Log in on makerfox.com, then go to “Transfer -> Send Value” and click “Support: + New”. You can find a form for regular moneyless support payments to one or several recipients. Recipients are other users on the Makerfox platform. Entering multiple at once (like your group of favourite open hardware projects) is preferred, as then the algorithm can decide who gets what part of the support. This helps the algorithm to catalyse more network barter deals, and also results in yourself getting more deals. Your support payments are executed as parts of regular network barter deals that include products and services – for example, when you have to give stuff for 30 EUR away in a deal, while getting stuff for 60 EUR, the 30 EUR “profit” would come from receiving payments (donations or “regular” moneyless payments). For sending donations / payments, the numbers would be the other way round. Makes sense?
'Nough said We should now care about publicity rather than tech, and I guess the “donations” feature can help with that. Because creating a support payment does not need a critical mass of users; executing it does of course, but potential beneficiary projects might like to join before that already. Making this a moneyless gittip.com for the open source economy
@Ben and @elf Pavlik, the unMonastery could profit from such moneyless support for example. Edgeryders itself could also get some donations, and can spend them in the community again for Drupal development etc… Should we get us a Makerfox account, Edgeryders-the-Company?