After more issues with Paypal it appears the only solution to accepting donations is to get a real (business) bank account for Red Matrix development. Here in Australia, that involves monthly fees running about $40/month - once you add in a payment processor like authorize.net with the bank's typical fees.
So it suddenly becomes necessary for the Red Matrix to pull in $40/month just to break even. We no longer have any crowd-sourcing initiatives (thanks to Paypal) and looking at our past history of raising money, it isn't obvious that break-even is going to be possible. We do have currently about $25 in regular monthly donations but every month one more seems to cancel and a new one comes on board only every 3-4 months. I think only two of the regular donators even have a current Red account, so I'm not optimistic that we'll be bringing in many more. I can no longer access the donations from Australia. I can only use them to buy stuff on eBay.
Nothing I need on eBay.
So I'm between a rock and a hard place. I simply can no longer develop this project at a net loss. In the first year or two this was OK, but now the family farm is eating my entire income. There's nothing left to lose, and I'm not sure where to go from here. (I had to give up #homebrew
recently because I can't afford to brew any, much less buy a six-pack of real beer). I watch as projects like MediaGoblin take in tens of thousands of dollars overnight to build an online photo gallery - (like that's never been done before). Every other decentralised communication project can raise tens if not hundreds of thousands and hire people to get work done - and their projects are totally underwhelming in what they actually do.
Basically this project is about to drown from apathy. It kicks ass on Diaspora and pump and tent and all the others, but nothing I can do is good enough.
Not sure why I'm mentioning this. Maybe somebody out there has a brilliant idea.
I'm fresh out.