I was going to announce it a bit later and more properly, but Mastodon received a $70k grant from Samsung NEXT through OpenCollective. I intend to make it available to those who contribute to the project, and have already notified some of the most regular contributors. The way OpenCollective works is that anyone can submit an expense and all transactions are listed transparently. It also holds the money.

As for myself, I intend to continue using Patreon for my own wage/costs.

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@Gargron congrats! as there currently is discussion about the workload of m.s. moderators, I'd love to know that they are going to profit from it so that they are compensated for their time realistically!

because keeping mastodon social moderated well is so important for the whole project!

@distel I've always paid the mods a mutually agreed upon amount. I'm in favor of fair compensation, but it's up to them to decide how much exactly that is for the time that they put in (which is not full time).

@Gargron thanks for replying! that you're in favor of fair compensation is great!

what you can always do in this case is encourage your mods to be bold and estimate their time realistically, (for example, being on call is not exactly "free time", and so on)

sometimes, often in smaller projects, where people volunteer at first, people tend to underestimate themselves..

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