[maemo-developers] "Donate $x" button on Packages and/or Downloads

From: Andrew Flegg andrew at bleb.org
Date: Thu Apr 15 17:20:44 EEST 2010
On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 12:55, Andrew Flegg <andrew at bleb.org> wrote:
> Similarly, as Ovi takes off, it is interesting to think about how
> micro-payments for ones software could make one a bit of money (100
> users at $1 each is a nice present); but whilst still having our
> software as open source. There've been suggestions in the past of a
> "Donate" button on each project's website, but I suggest we thrash out
> a scheme - and then implement - a consistent micro-donation system for
> maemo.org

To kick the ball rolling on this again, since I think we can get quick wins.

I've just noticed that addons.mozilla.org has exactly the kind of
standardised donation form I was imagining. For example, see:


Clicking "Contribute" opens a little box asking you whether you want
to make a one-time contribution of the suggested amount, a one-time
donation of another amount or a regular monthly donation. With
optional comment.

Clicking "Donate" then takes you to a PayPal "Billing information" page.

There's a Drupal module (apparently) which uses PayPal's Mass Payment
API[1] and a blog post introducing Mozilla's pilot[2]. Does anyone
know how it works? We must have a Mozilla developer around here, or
someone with a PayPal connection!

Thanks in advance,


[1] https://cms.paypal.com/ca/cgi-bin/?&cmd=_render-content&content_ID=developer/howto_api_masspay

[2] http://blog.mozilla.com/addons/2009/07/15/firefox-add-ons-contributions-pilot/

Andrew Flegg -- mailto:andrew at bleb.org  |  http://www.bleb.org/
Maemo Community Council chair
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