I discussed this with @orenwolf and have permission to post this topic, though please do note that it is an initiative funded through Discourse exclusively and is not directly connected to Boing Boing.
We’ve done a number of “year in review” feedback topics in the past. Given the maturity of this community – it’s literally the oldest existent Discourse community in the world – while there is still plenty to do, we wanted to shift gears a bit and “give back” to the greater world based on all the beta testing effort community members have contributed since 2013 (!) to making this a great place to hang out and discuss things… despite the incredibly tumultuous times we find ourselves in.
With that in mind, please propose, in the replies, a charity that Discourse can donate to on everyone’s behalf in January 2021. The top 3 most liked posts from this topic will be chosen as the 3 charities, and a later topic will allow you to vote for which of those three charities you wish your donation (sent on behalf of Discourse, absolutely no cost to you) to be sent to.
The donation formula is $7 per user, plus $1 for each additional year you’ve been a member of BBS based on your account creation date. So
- if you’ve been a member since 2013, your vote donation (sent by Discourse) would be $7 + $8 = $15.
- if you’ve been a member since 2019, your vote donation (sent by Discourse) would be $7 + $2 = $9.
Remember this is all charitable causes and at absolutely no cost to you – the idea is to reward everyone for all they time they’ve spent not only posting here, but helping us with feedback, feature requests, bug fixes, and general improvements. We deeply appreciate the time you’ve invested here and we want to turn that effort into charitable donations that make the world better for those less fortunate than us.
So – thank you for all your time, thank you for your patience with Discourse, and please reply with (and vote for by liking) the charities that should benefit from all our work together as a community.
Let’s give this a few days; once the three winners emerge (via like counts) I’ll start a new topic with a poll and people can vote for which of three charities they prefer their donation to be sent to. Then Discourse will send the funds, along with receipts to prove that it was indeed sent.
(Edit: one very minor rule clarification that I just thought of. To keep this fair, when the voting begins on the 3 winning charities, only accounts that are at least two months old are eligible / will be counted towards the donation totals.)