Open Collective
Open Collective

Guppe Groups Platform Co-op

The social groups app for Mastodon and the Fediverse where supporters decide what features to develop - brought to you by Immers Space

Estimated Monthly Budget
$60
Server Costs
$100
per month
Today's Balance
$203.71

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Become a financial contributor.

Financial Contributions

Membership
Member

Become a member of Guppe with a vote on all development decisions

Starts at$5 USD / month

Latest activity by


+ 2
Membership
Annual Member

Become a member of Guppe with a vote on all development decisions, and help us save on fees by paying annually

Starts at$60 USD / year

Latest activity by


Top financial contributors

Individuals

1
Kate Carruthers

$60 USD since Dec 2022

2
Michael Reeder

$60 USD since Jan 2023

3
Leo Sammallahti

$60 USD since Jan 2023

4
Hollie

$60 USD since Jan 2023

5
david

$20 USD since Nov 2022

6
AlgoCompSynth

$10 USD since Nov 2022

7
bengo

$10 USD since Nov 2022

8
mwfc

$10 USD since Dec 2022

9
Steve Yelvington

$10 USD since Dec 2022

Organizations

1
// no comment LLC

$10 USD since Nov 2022

Guppe Groups Platform Co-op is all of us

Our contributors 11

Thank you for supporting Guppe Groups Platform Co-op.

Kate Carruthers

Annual Member

$60 USD

Michael Reeder

Annual Member

$60 USD

Leo Sammallahti

Annual Member

$60 USD

Hollie

Annual Member

$60 USD

david

Member

$20 USD

// no comment...

Member

$10 USD

AlgoCompSynth

Member

$10 USD

bengo

Member

$10 USD

mwfc

Member

$10 USD

Steve Yelvington

Member

$10 USD

Budget


Transparent and open finances.

Yearly financial contribution to Guppe Groups Platform Co...

Credit from Hollie to Guppe Groups Platform Co-op

+$60.00USD
Completed
Contribution #615207
Monthly financial contribution to Guppe Groups Platform C...

Credit from Steve Yelvington to Guppe Groups Platform Co-op

+$5.00USD
Completed
Contribution #603044
Monthly financial contribution to Guppe Groups Platform C...

Credit from mwfc to Guppe Groups Platform Co-op

+$5.00USD
Completed
Contribution #602261
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Today’s balance

$203.71 USD

Total income

$310.05 USD

Total disbursed

$106.34 USD

Estimated annual budget

$725.22 USD

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News from Guppe Groups Platform Co-op

Updates on our activities and progress.

First monthly budget report and a vote on marketing tactics

Over in our members Loomio group, I've posted the November budget report and opened a poll about whether and how we might use Guppe itself to promote membership. Check it out and cast your vote! If you don't have your Loomio invite, please...
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Published on December 2, 2022 by William Murphy - datatitian[immers.space]

Don't miss out on your member voting rights!

Thanks very much to our earliest contributors! As members, you get an invite to our private Loomio group where you can make development decisions and set priorities for Guppe by voting. If you have an e-mail listed with OpenCollective, we'l...
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Published on November 25, 2022 by William Murphy - datatitian[immers.space]

About


Guppe Groups adds simple social groups to Mastodon and other federated social networks. I created Guppe because I had moved all my online social activity to Mastodon to rid myself of the manipulation of extractive social platforms, but I missed the ability to connect with new people around shared interests using groups features that those platforms offer. It started in 2019 as a simple demo to help me learn ActivityPub in order to build Immers Space, the fediverse app for 3D immersive content, but I've kept it going because so many people find it useful.

In 2022, with the unprecedented influx of traffic to Mastodon from people leaving Twitter, the cost of operating Guppe has risen from $10/month to over $100/month as it now serves 4,000 requests per minute during peak times. That's more than I can justify spending on this hobby horse, so, with some prompting from Guppe users, I've set up this Open Collective page to allow contributions - with a twist.

I fundamentally do not believe that being a programmer gives me any special right to make decisions for others, and I recognize that the interests of the operator of a social app often conflict with the interests of the users of that app. That's why we invested in consultants and legal counsel to develop a cooperative governance model for Immers Space that shares power between the workers and the users of the software, and Immers Space will now manage Guppe with a similar model.
  • Your contributions to Guppe on Open Collective will count as membership dues
  • Contributions received in excess of operating costs will be used to fund development hours to improve Guppe and add new features
  • Development decisions will be made democratically through member votes on our Loomio group

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