[okfn-discuss] New crowdfunding system in the works exclusively for Free/Libre/Open resources

Aaron Wolf wolftune at gmail.com
Sun Dec 16 19:31:14 UTC 2012

Snowdrift.coop is now up on Gitorious and on GitHub. There is a link in the
footer at the main homepage.
The code is written in Haskell.

The current status is: the code is public, but the live site is still

We have added a wiki system with a discussion section for each wiki page.
My goal over the next week is to thoroughly update the proposals and add
further sections to wiki pages. Anyone can ask me for an invitation code
and log in to access the wiki stuff and help refine the details. The wiki
content is stored in the live site's database, so it isn't in the code. I
will post an announcement soon after I have finished putting together the
initial wiki pages.

We are not at publicity stage yet. We want to make sure the concepts are
clear and organized before we go more public. There is tons of work to do.

Thanks everyone for your initial feedback. Please contact me with any
questions and especially if you would consider joining the official
steering committee.


Aaron Wolf

On Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 1:20 PM, Mike Linksvayer <ml at gondwanaland.com>wrote:

> On Sun, Dec 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM, Aaron Wolf <wolftune at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Speaking of another kind of dogmatism, I'd encourage you to at least
> >> mirror your repository on gitorious, which is an open service, unlike
> >> github.
> >
> > I'm COMPLETELY convinced! I have been really wary of the idea of GitHub
> all
> > along. We were trying to figure out the best way to do this and didn't
> want
> > to reinvent the wheel. We want a ticket system and easy ability to do git
> > stuff. I didn't know that gitorious was Free. I was trusting David's
> > recommendation that GitHub was the best choice.
> >
> > Is mirroring easy enough? Is it worth still using GitHub at all? Is using
> > GitHub kind of like having FLOSS ported to Windows (i.e. practical
> because
> > that's where people are already, although we'd like them to move to fully
> > Free platforms)? Maybe we should only use Gitorius, at least for now?
> Mirroring is easy; one writeup https://exyr.org/2011/git-mirrors/
> Using gitorious as primary would win the hearts of the really
> committed. Mirroring on github would then be just a way to attract
> attention, which some people think github is good for; this may even
> be true for some projects. But if you're not ready for lots of
> attention, this may not even be a plus.
> > My ideal goal is that we are in every way as Open as possible. I don't
> want
> > to rely on any proprietary tools. I even am insisting that the
> illustrations
> > for Snowdrift are done with FLOSS. I don't think requiring this is
> > practical, but I'd like to encourage and emphasize projects that release
> > "source" in Open formats (i.e. I don't like that Nina Paley, as superb as
> > her support for Freedom is, uses Flash for her animations).
> Right.
> > Thanks so much for the advice!
> >
> > Respectfully,
> > Aaron
> Likewise,
> Mike
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