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The third year of Liberapay
This week marks the 3rd anniversary of Liberapay’s launch. It’s been a very difficult year, but there are some silver linings.
A difficult year
In July our payment “partner” decided to kick us and our users out of their platform. If you haven’t done so already you may want read our two previous blog posts about this ordeal: “Liberapay is in trouble” and “Liberapay status update”.
We still haven’t fully recovered from this crisis, but since our last blog post we have been able to bring back the SEPA Direct Debit payment method.
We want to thank all the people who supported us through this difficult year, including everyone who kept donating through Liberapay regardless of the transient difficulties in doing so.
A good year?
Paradoxically 2018 was also our best year yet if we consider the volume of donations processed, thanks to the fast growth of December 2017 and early 2018. In total we transferred approximately €109k to 700 creators in 2018, that’s 4 times more money than in 2017 and twice the number of recipients.
Partial screenshot of Liberapay’s stats page (February 3rd, 2019)
It feels like we’ve spent most of 2018 trying to keep Liberapay in working order instead of improving it, but in fact the platform has gotten better in the past year.
Having to rebuild large chunks of Liberapay to work with different payment processors has been a pain and has hindered progress in other areas, but it has also enabled us to greatly improve our support of currencies.
When Liberapay launched in 2016 its only currency was the Euro, then in 2017 we added the US dollar, and in 2018 we added support for 31 additional currencies: the Australian Dollar (AUD), Bulgarian Lev (BGN), Brazilian Real (BRL), Canadian Dollar (CAD), Swiss Franc (CHF), Chinese Yuan (CNY), Czech Koruna (CZK), Danish Krone (DKK), British Pound (GBP), Hong Kong Dollar (HKD), Croatian Kuna (HRK), Hungarian Forint (HUF), Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), Israeli New Shekel (ILS), Indian Rupee (INR), Icelandic Króna (ISK), Japanese Yen (JPY), South Korean Won (KRW), Mexican Peso (MXN), Malaysian Ringgit (MYR), Norwegian Krone (NOK), New Zealand Dollar (NZD), Philippine Piso (PHP), Polish Zloty (PLN), Romanian Leu (RON), Russian Ruble (RUB), Swedish Krona (SEK), Singapore Dollar (SGD), Thai Baht (THB), Turkish Lira (TRY), South African Rand (ZAR).
You should update your currency preferences if you haven’t done it yet. Below is a copy of the two paragraphs located at the bottom of that page:
Accepting foreign currencies can increase your income by convincing people in other countries to donate to you, but international payments usually result in a higher percentage of fees, and fluctuations in exchange rates can lessen the stability of your income.
Stripe automatically converts funds into your main currency, but by default PayPal holds payments in foreign currencies until you tell it what to do. If you have a Business PayPal account you can choose to automatically convert all incoming payments in foreign currencies to your main currency. This option is currently located in the “Preferences for receiving payments” page.
Better profile settings
Over time the profile settings had become a confusing mess, we fixed that in April by splitting them into multiple tabs. We also improved the responsiveness of a few elements at the same time.
Screenshot of profile settings.
In March we implemented a new feature to help you keep your account secure: when you set a new password or log in with your current one we automatically check it against the world’s biggest public list of leaked passwords, and warn you if we find a match.
Sadly we’re still missing support for two-factor authentication (#926).
More public data
Liberapay’s Explore section has been expanded to provide more visibility into who is using the platform.
Partial screenshot of Liberapay’s repository explorer (February 3rd, 2019)
We don’t have a strict roadmap, but there are a lot of things we want to improve and a lot of new features we want to implement. Lately we’ve been working on these two important changes:
- The possibility to send money to multiple creators at once instead of having to make multiple payments, when this kind of one-to-many payment is supported by the underlying payment processor.
- The possibility to have your donations be renewed automatically. This long-awaited feature should make Liberapay much more convenient for donors and help stabilize the income of creators.
One of the reasons why progress has been somewhat slow in 2018 is that Liberapay is still shorthanded and underfunded, so please donate or contribute if you can. Having a second Python developer working on Liberapay’s core could be particularly beneficial, however programming skills aren’t required to contribute to Liberapay. For example improving the documentation or completing the translations can be equally useful.
Thank you for reading, we wish you peace and long life. 🖖
#en #OpenSource #FreeSoftware #Commons #Crowdfunding #Donations #Retrospective #Liberapay #Payments
(This article was first published on Medium: The third year of Liberapay – Liberapay’s Blog.)
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.
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.
Liberapay is recovering, but it will take at least several more months before everything is fully operational again.
Original post on #Medium
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Liberapay is in trouble
As a translator of the Liberapay interface I have followed the Github discussion for some weeks. Mangopay has rather abruptly terminated the agreement that made the system possible - I hope that Liberapay will get through this crisis.
Read the announcement here:
#Liberapay #Mangopay #crowdfunding
Back from Greece
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Good news, everyone!
I'm on my way back from Greece to Munich right now and it's time for another new update!
And it's not just about the cases...
So, what happened in Greece?
Three things actually...
1. Discussing the production run with FormAction
As you know, FormAction will produce 500 sets of the transparent cases.
As the seem to be finished and okay now, they will start as soon as possible.
However, they also have other customers and will close down August 1st for a full month.
So we made the deal with them that they will produce as many as they can and afterwards, we'll move the molds over to UniquePlast, the new company.
Some of you might have noticed that I said "seem to be finished" - are they or aren't they?
Well, I didn't find the time to fully assemble a Pyra yet with the latest set of cases I received.
However, as the only fix were the shoulder buttons and the stlylus, I tested these and they were fine.
Everything else WAS already okay and hasn't changed, so that should be fine.
Still, I will assemble a full Pyra during the weekend to make 100% sure it's okay.
You should be able to buy transparent Pyra cases in August - with immediate delivery, if you like :)
2. Discussing the logo plate
If you read my last news, you already know that the logo wasn't made of anodized aluminium but instead was painted black.
This looks awful and is certainly not what we want.
So what was the problem here?
Well, apparently, it's nigh impossible getting anodized aluminium in Greece.
There's just no real demand for it there and therefore, it's a material that can't be bought there.
They will still try to find a source, but if they can't find any, we'll use brushed stainless steel.
This looks nice and I can also imagine that it looks neat as well on a black shell.
The logo itself will be milky white until you switch on the LEDs, so it fits well inside the metal plate.
We won't let a metal plate cause us any delays, that's for sure!
3. Upcoming production with UniquePlast
The last thing I had to do in Greece was discussing the upcoming production run of the Pyra case with UniquePlast.
Especially with different plastic materials, etc.
They're very experienced with different colors (and have many of them in stock). I think you will be very pleased with the final case the Pyra will have!
We could now also mix different colors together, for example, have the keyboard part a different color than the lid, etc.
Time to resurrect the old thread with the different color themes to see what we can do to make it look good, eh?
Anyways, they're also on holidays from August 1st until August 21st, so nothing will happen during that time.
So we're planning to move the molds there end of August / early September so that the cases can be produced in September.
BTW: It's not the first time I'm working with them.
They are also producing all my MegaDrive, SNES and NES shells, incl. the variations for the Retrode Plugins. So they made at least 5000 shells in various colors for me already.
Now we're only mising the...
And yes, some good news here as well:
Global Components has populated the mainboards. Now it's time for Nikolaus to pick them up and do a quick test run.
As you already know, the 4GB RAM CPU boards have been finished a while ago and are working fine.
So a bug-free mainboard is the last piece of the puzzle now!
Well, these mainboards and CPU boards will be used to assemble Pyras with the transparent cases (I already have a set of ten) and these will go to the Prototype Preorders and some developers.
This will hopefully help to improve the software a lot as well.
I will also have a final (transparent case) unit with me at the GamesCom, in case you're planning to visit there.
Once we confirm the mainboards to be working fine as well... it's time to place the order for the mass production... and then it's only a bit more of waiting until we start assembling and shipping the units!
I hope you enjoyed that little news post.
Remember the live video Q&A I mentioned? Well, I'll start a poll with different timeframes soon, so we can find the best time for everone.
Hopefully, you'll have some interesting questions for me ready by then!
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PeerTube v1 92% funded
With 13 days to go, PeerTube has reached 92% of it's funding goal of €20.000 for finishing up the work on version 1. Spread the word and get more people to chip in. Perhaps they can reach some of the stretch goals too!
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News around Liberapay
Here is a summary of the April and May months most important news about #Liberapay.
Status of Liberapay's polyglotism: the website is fully available in 14 languages! The new ones are Romanian and Malay. You can contribute on hosted Weblate and support the team financially through its Liberapay account.
Addons.mozilla.org now supports Liberapay as a donation platform that add-on developers can link to.
The well-known free software image editor GIMP now has its own team account on Liberapay. This means that you can donate to the project as a whole, then its members will decide how to split the money, whereas previously you had to figure out by yourself who the contributors are and how much to donate to each one.
You can now attach a longer and nicer public name to your Liberapay account. See here.
#OpenSource #Donations #en #Crowdfunding #Micropayments #Commons
A symbolic donation challenge
Since you are reading this post I guess you are directly interested in the improvement of Diaspora*. As you probably know Diaspora* couldn't improve without the hard and enthusiastic work of the developers. That is why
I challenge you to give at least a symbolic €0.01/week amount to the Diaspora* developers
€0.01/week is not much. It just €0.52/year so probably you can easily afford that. I guess you throw away much more to buy some fancy junk you don't even need at all
Isn't €0.01/week too little?
Yes, it is symbolic, but it is much more than nothing.
Also it can be a lot if most of us are willing to join (especially if some of us are willing to give a bit more).
For example, imagine if just 1% of the currently registered users of the federation have been taking this challenge. That would mean about €65/week for the developers. Just 15% of the users that were active in the past 6 month could give €75/week this way. 70% of the monthly active users could give €105/week for the developers by this "symbolic" donation.
Of course, you are free and encouraged to give more. (I also do so.)
How to participate?
- Create an account at https://liberapay.com.
- Add some money to your wallet.
- Start directly donating the developers.
Please, also encourage others to join this cause by spreading the message and voting on the poll below.
#diaspora #developer #donation #liberapay #crowdfunding #freesoftware #free-software #opensource #open-source #foss #floss #gnu #freedom #privacy #poll #hubzilla #gnusocial #friendica #federation
****#Pastilda: Open-source hardware password manager****
Pastilda is an open-source hardware #password #manager, designed to manage your credentials in a handy and secure way.
Pastilda works as a #middleman between your #computer and keyboard. It provides easy and safe auto-login to your #OS, bank accounts, mailboxes, corporate #network or social media. Pastilda stores #encrypted passwords in its memory. You can request a particular password at any time by pressing a special key combination on your keyboard.
Pastilda has two USB ports: one for your keyboard, one to connect to your #PC. Your OS will recognize Pastilda as a USB keyboard and a USB flash drive.
The flash drive component stores the encrypted #KeePass 2.x database (.kdbx file) and the KeePass 2.x portable #app as needed. Your real keyboard is now visible only to Pastilda, your PC won’t see it at all.
In normal working mode, all keystrokes from your keyboard are passed through Pastilda to your PC unchanged.
When you need to sign into an account, you switch to “Pastilda mode”. That’s done by placing your cursor inside the login text box and pressing the “Ctrl + ~” key combination. Pastilda will then ask you to enter the master password for your KeePass database, right in the current text box. If the password is entered correctly, Pastilda will decrypt and display your database. You can navigate through it with left, right, up, and down arrows or you can just start to input the name of the entry in your database and Pastilda will display matching variants. Once you find the entry you’re looking for, press Enter and Pastilda will automatically enter the corresponding login and password. If the password is incorrect, Pastilda gives you the option to try again or go back to regular mode by pressing the Esc key on your keyboard.
Features & Specifications
- #Open-source #hardware and #software - you can trust Pastilda
- Never reveals the master key to the host
- Decrypted data stays on board, unreachable by malware
- List text heresummon Pastilda’s menu to any text field
- List text heresimulates a common keyboard, so it works with most systems by default, requiring no drivers or client software.
- List text hereworks with command line interfaces, BIOS, etc.
- MCU: STM32F415
- Connectivity: 2 x USB 2.0
- Memory: microSD card slot up to 32 GB
- Dimensions: 20 mm x 60 mm x 12 mm
- Weight: 50 g
#FOSS #FLOSS #OpenHardware #HardwareLibre #Crowdsupply #Crowdfunding #Security #Privacy #Libre #Free #Freedom
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Pepper et Carrot : une bande dessinée Open Source publiée chez Glénat | - S.I.Lex - sur WordPress.com
Excellent article qui montre qu'il est possible de marier #bédé #opensource, #crowdfunding, et réseaux de distribution classique: David Revoy l'a fait avec Pepper et Carrot. L'article comprend également des précisions sur la distinction entre #libre et open source, ce qui fait plaisir à voir.
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Earth-friendly EOMA68 Computing Devices | Crowd Supply
Just pledged for this really cool crowd-funded project, I really hope it makes it to the target! 10% left, about 35 hours to go!
Please consider supporting this #FSF -endorsed project that does something for #freesoftware, the #envionment and #openstandards.
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