MSP Social.netis creating a social platform focused on Twin Cities, MN regional issues
Select a membership level
You will enjoy appreciation from MSP Social users and admins, if you're into that sort of thing, and will be acknowledged on the about page, unless you opt out.
Patrons at this level can have a custom emoji of their choice added to MSP Social server for everybody to use (subject to approval)! You will also be acknowledged on the about page, unless you opt out.
This tier is limited to four people—current server costs don't justify having more patrons at this level.
It is intended to be an escape from the massive, corporate social networks; a place for locals to connect and discuss their lives and regional issues without the cacophany of global, commercial platforms that have incentives to promote noise and negative interaction to impress investors and advertisers with big "engagement" numbers.
The primary purpose of this Patreon is to defray the costs of running and maintaining the MSP Social server—which aren't that high, right now! Contributions will always go first to defraying current hosting costs. Cost information will be publicly available. Patrons will have the MSP Social admin's ear for ideas about improvements or ways MSP Social can serve the community.
The Community has also voted to allocate $16/month to the following community organizations: Wedge Live, Streets.mn, The Minnesota Tool Library, and Grease Rag.
Funds that exceed the ongoing hosting costs and the comunity funding obligations are retained. The first $15 each month are retained for future expenses, and anything above that is kept in a pool and the community will decide what to do with it. Community priorities are determined through a hybrid committee/referendum process: the committee nominates community-oriented organizations to receive funds, and the community at large votes among the nominees (the voting system is set up to ensure financial contributors get a bigger say).
In the long-term, surpluses could also go toward costs of building a sustainable, accountable organizational structure, e.g., fees to organize and register as a nonprofit. The size and scope of what is possible and appropriate will all depend on future growth and what the community wants out of the project.
Thanks so much for considering supporting a community-based, non-commercial platform!
Amounts exceeding current server costs either go back to the community or into reserve accounts for future server costs or community priorities. The current budget structure allocates $31 above the monthly server costs to reserve funds and community recipients.
This will help weather times when cashflow is down, or to anticipate future server expansion needs (more storage or bandwidth will increase monthly costs), allowing the expansions to take place as soon as they are needed.