I just registered in order to post this. Until now I have been mostly a passive observer, but I hope to be able to do something for the community.
It's an new kind of funding model for software projects, and will make people make use of blockchain technology without exposing them to the consept of cryptocurrencies. As a side effect it will add buying pressure to the chosen cryptocurrency. It's all explained in my draft website grati.fi/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=start.
Bitcoin has the strong network of services, but it has its drawbacks, like high fees compared to bitshares, and volatility (vs bit???).
Please give me any constructive feedback!
Here's the full description from the website without any links:grati.fi
A funding model for free software projectsShort description
This proposed model will try to address problems and shortcomings of existing funding models for free software projects. There exists many business models that work for big enough and professional projects, but really none that help small projects, even important ones like security related software projects. The result is that many projects stagnate, the perceived quality stays poor and popularity low. Some good projects die, and lots of effort is wasted.
We are not trying to replace any of the other models, but rather complement them. We hope to make developing free software more viable and sustainable by making it as easy as possible to both donate and receive money. This will create a positive feedback loop: Easier to donate → more donations → more resources for development → better software → more users → more donations → competition between similar software projects → better software…
We are going to raise funds for creating the software, improving the model and attracting partners (roadmap). We beleive there are lots of people who can see the benefit this concept could bring to the free software community and ultimately the whole society.How it works
Blockchain technology makes it possible to make payments automatically and very securely with no middle-man or third party who has to be trusted. There is only the donator and receiver. In addition it makes very small payments possible and viable, which in turn makes it reasonable to split the donation into quite small pieces. Here are some thoughts on choosing the right cryptocurrency.On GNU/Linux distributions
The gratifi -software will come bundled in any GNU/Linux distribution.
Each piece of software can can be provided with a bitcoin-address (for example in the .conf -file), if they want to get their fair share of each donation.
The donation can be initiated manually, regularly or by the package-manager when installing/upgrading. It will check the balance. If balance is 0, it will suggest loading some money and spend them the next time.
When the donation is initiated, the software checks for each donation-address and shares the amount equally between the addresses. This might mean hundreds of recipents.
Each recipent will get lots and lots of very small donations, which will gradually sum up to a meaningful amount.
The software developers can ship different receiving addresses with different distros, for extra data.On Windows
A standalone application (gratifi) can be installed separately or bundled with any free software program.
The gratifi -application will regularly (annually) check for installed free software and check the wallet balance. If balance is 0, it will suggest loading the wallet with some money.
gratifi will ask for confirmation and then automatically send out the donation spread between each recipent.
recipents will receive the donations the same way as from GNU/linux systems. They can provide a different address to monitor how much windows users donate.Other
We will provide a library that contains the essential functionality, so it can be integrated into different platforms and software.What is grati.fi not
It is not a crowdfunding system in the typical sense. It will not help create new software like some Kickstarter or indiegogo.
It is not a centralised payment gateway or -processor.
A profit making machine for me
A system for making payments to websites, either donations of micropayments. One will still have to separetely donate to Wikipedia and alternativeto.net.
A payments system for freeware or other closed source software, even though technically possible. They have the sourcecode closed, so they can force users to pay.Why will people adopt this system?End users / donators
It lowers the cognitive barrier of donating, because it doesn't require pro-activity from the user.
Donators will like the fact that they support all and only the projects they benefit from with just one donation. This will make grati.fi their donation-system of choise.
It will not neccessarily expose the user to bitcoin at all, but they will be able to donate their own currency.
Smart end-users will understand that in return they will get better softwareDevelopers
It doesn't compete with any existing model, but actually works well in conjunction with them.
Depending on the implementation it encourages donating, which means more revenue.
It takes almost no effort for developers to reap the benefits of the system. It will actually require deliberate discarding to not benefit.
Creates a new method to estimate number of users.GNU/Linux distributions
More, or even much more revenue.
Probably the first payment system that fits into the typical values of free software communities, and could thus be integrated.
Developers can track which distro generates the most revenue, and accordingly adjust development resources.Cryptocurrency exchanges
They see the potential for more liquidity and turnover.
They can gain visibility.Cryptocurrency advocates
It brings more fiat-money into cryptocurrencies, raising and helping stabilise the price. People buying bitcoin even unwittingly.
It is one of the many envisioned applications of bitcoin
It will increase the usability of bitcoin. One more use-case.Everyone
It lowers the cost of transfering the donations. More benefit for everyone.
It works on an inherently borderless payment network, which makes it instantly international to both donators and recipents.
It is a collective effort of all the participating parties. Everyone benefits from everyones contributions. No-one looses.
It is an inclusive and flexible system, open to new use-cases, exchanges, currencies, cryptocurrencies, implementations.
Everyone can see that there is no single entity that can control the system or benefit disproportionately.