paul wheaton wrote:I think if you follow the links, you should get all the answers you seek.
Mike Barkley wrote:Welcome Toby. There are so many cool things here.
Here's a link to info about PIE.
Kenneth Elwell wrote:What if I could donate to further a specific project? say rocket mass heaters, or freezer wofati research, from a thread(s) about the topic. I'm interested, and I'm right there...Maybe it's direct donation, or maybe earmarking a PIE purchase towards the well.
Sort of like the Biological Reverse Kickstarter, but this would go towards supplies, professional services... and be a bit like "the stick" to go along with "the carrot" that is the BRK.
Maybe you choose one or a few projects to focus on, or maybe you open it to many projects and it acts a bit like a poll of what folks care enough about to back with some money.
Kenneth Elwell wrote:Two, NPR does a "sustaining membership" where a monthly charge is made, rather than a lump sum, and presumably budgeting is easier for the station and the donor.
What about an "all PIE, all the time" membership, where one could always have PIE? There could be different levels:
One level "A slice for me, another slice for me...", where you are "subscribed" and always have PIE. (you'd get charged an equivalent of the 12 slices price, spread over the year)
Another level "A slice for me; one, two, three slices for you..." level, where you are "subscribed" and (kind of like the settings in Patreon, you agree to pay for more PIE if you would like to give away PIE to folks... you could maybe budget limits, as in Patreon?) or maybe you are getting 2 or 3 slices a month, instead of just one?
Could Patreon be the platform for implementing these sorts of subscription type purchase/donations?
paul wheaton wrote:So maybe there is an escrow service that handles something like this. 40 different people put their coin in, so you know it is really there. And then when the time comes say "okay we are ready for all that coin" and it is released.
paul wheaton wrote:So maybe a BK? I can create a thread and say "If this ever gets enough pledges I'll move forward with this" and then I can say something like "I need $50,000 to get a well at the lab." And then if there are $20,000 in pledges and I come up with $30,000 I can say "today's the day! We're going for it! Send the monies!"
Something like that?
Kenneth Elwell wrote:... and rather than monies going to the general fund, you set those aside for the purpose. (which you then follow through on...)
paul wheaton wrote: If somebody gives me five bucks, I'm not quite sure what to do. I feel weird.
If you share the results of that research, it's not "money-for-me-and-you-get-no-thing", we all benefit. Not having to suffer through the same mistakes, sharing the advancements... Plans, videos, maybe products...
The "buy me a well" thing is more difficult, I agree. You get a well, we get nothing.
But do we? There are other things that well enables that maybe are a benefit to us all?
More activity on the Lab?
Never hearing about "if I ever have a loose $50,000 we can finally get a well on the Lab" in a podcast ever again? (half-joking)