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I was going to announce it a bit later and more properly, but Mastodon received a $70k grant from Samsung NEXT through OpenCollective. I intend to make it available to those who contribute to the project, and have already notified some of the most regular contributors. The way OpenCollective works is that anyone can submit an expense and all transactions are listed transparently. It also holds the money.

As for myself, I intend to continue using Patreon for my own wage/costs.

@Gargron Nice, would the moderators of mastodon.social be also considered as contributors?
@lanodan @Gargron now now, let the usual agitators have that discourse :)

@Gargron hey nice how much of that is going to your moderation team of two

@Gargron My Twitter account is private but I'll share this for you there, some people will get to read it

@Gargron thats good to hear! But I can't help but wonder why 🤔

@geotechland If I understand it correctly, the sum is peanuts for such a big company and investing in promising tech gives them a good name.

@Gargron Congratulations!!! Hope we get the EMAIL_DOMAIN_WHITELIST feature enabled so we can restrict those who can register to certain organizations.

@Gargron I would like to nominate @jzs42069@nutt.church as a contributor for being #1 poster and @Excuse_haver as number two.

Also please ensure that the Turban Sage toot is at the bottom of the list along with Stickenum.

@Gargron wow! That's amazing, both you & them!

@Gargron ...ok... Did not see that coming. I'm not sure what to think of it right now as I don't know what it really means for the future of :mastodon:. I love the work you've done so far but I hope they won't start asking you to make samsung-specific software. That I sure would not like at all.
I hope I'm being silly thinking this may happen. Mastodon is free software & alternative for great reasons and I'm sure you'll keep a focus on holding them true 😉
Good luck anyway

@ChameleonScales @Gargron Hi! No worries, that's not going to happen. If that was the intent, it would have been focused specifically on people building mobile clients, and it wouldn't have been a no-strings-attached grant.

(Source: I ran the program. 😉 )

@ricardojmendez Thanks. Sorry if I missed a chapter but which program are you talking about though?

@ChameleonScales The Samsung NEXT Stack Zero Grant which selected Mastodon and others. It's an on-going program.

@ChameleonScales Yeah, I'm pretty happy we are doing this. We'll have an announcement soon going over the teams we awarded, and plan to help showcase them as much as we can.

@Gargron What concerns me is Samsung is inextricably linked to Google which is inextricably linked to the CIA. I've been suspended from Twitter 2x, I believe bc of tweets that may have run counter to their policies/connections.

Otherwise I'd be glad to learn Mastodon got some funding.

@Gargron Congratulations! You deserve it. I hope and believe Mastodon is the future. I just wish more of my friends where on here, and I'd never open twitter again.

@Gargron this is great for Mastodon's contributors and developmeny but a reminder to everyone that Samsung is an evil, evil company that systematically abuses its workers and the ecological & social environment. Its owners are doing this solely out of a selfish desire for profit.

@twome @Gargron Yes, Samsung, like all corporations, earns money through exploitation. This is always in the back of my mind when free software projects receive such funding. But at least this donation socializes a tiny part of their profits in some way, and if the software and community being built helps enable activists like yourself, even better! We must not compromise on the principle that donations come with no strings atttached.

@Gargron
Yeah ! That's awesome news for the future of Mastodon that big companies support it !
Congratulations ! :)

@Gargron Congratulations. Glad that you're distributing the good fortune to deserving contributors while you rely on your generous Patreon backers. I plan to become one myself soon!

@Gargron congratulations!!! And thanks for the great work!!!

@Gargron congrats! as there currently is discussion about the workload of m.s. moderators, I'd love to know that they are going to profit from it so that they are compensated for their time realistically!

because keeping mastodon social moderated well is so important for the whole project!

@distel I've always paid the mods a mutually agreed upon amount. I'm in favor of fair compensation, but it's up to them to decide how much exactly that is for the time that they put in (which is not full time).

@Gargron thanks for replying! that you're in favor of fair compensation is great!

what you can always do in this case is encourage your mods to be bold and estimate their time realistically, (for example, being on call is not exactly "free time", and so on)

sometimes, often in smaller projects, where people volunteer at first, people tend to underestimate themselves..

@Gargron
Maybe an idea to put a full page advertisement in a few quality news papers (or magazines). I remember Firefox did this years ago, but financed with crowdfunding.

@Gargron don't take it... It's a trap... They always want a return on investment which is bad for freedom... Corporations shouldn't fund mastodon!

@Gargron congratulation for the #samsung funds, we're in the way to make #mastodon even better

You built #Mastodon and you became innovator.

You share the profit and you becoming a great man!


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