After all the chat yesterday, we brainstormed a lot of things. I'm still not satisfied with the final result, but much of it is done. My notes at this point. Where I marked "FINAL", there shall be no further discussion (unless changes to those lines are forced to happen because of changes to the non-final lines). Note: I changed the numbers from those at https://pad.riseup.net/p/Fo9LxmtDZcua in order to consolidate for this email. I hope that's not too confusing. I'm basically rejecting anything from the pad that isn't here.
FINAL 1. "Things like software, music, movies, journalism, and research *can* be released as public goods." FINAL 2. "Then, *everyone* may use and share them freely, without limitations." FINAL 3. "But who will fund their production?" tentative 4a. "Our innovative platform empowers you to join with others to fund the public goods /you/ care about." tentative 4b. "At Snowdrift.coop, you collaborate with others to build greater support for public goods." I'm not happy with either 4, but the meaning I want to say here is: Snowdrift.coop (or "out platform" or similar subject) is about getting everyone to collaborate to address question just asked (i.e. to fund public goods). It's nice to emphasize that the users get to choose, but not sure that needs to be in 4. The only core thing is THIS (our platform) is for collaborative funding of public goods. Still need best wording for that. tentative 5a. "You do this with a simple pledge to the projects you care about: 'I'll donate $1 for every 1,000 patrons who pledge with me!' And you control your overall pledges by setting a monthly budget limit for the system." tentative 5b. same as 5a but "a tenth of a cent for every patron…" instead of the $1 / 1000 version We had played with phrases like "donate a tiny amount for *each* patron who supports the same projects" but I'm leaning toward just using concrete example of the proposed actual pledge amount. That makes it far easier for people to get the actual pledge instead of us hinting at something while people wonder what it really is. As for the budget part, similarly for being concrete, I'd rather go in the *direction* of stating explicitly what happens. Something like "you set a monthly budget limit, so a pledge that would go beyond your budget gets automatically put on hold." Except that brings up all sorts of questions, so we can't say all that. But I want to at least hint at the clarity that you don't just hit a per-project budget and then stop matching (because people who think that and then experience otherwise will be annoyed with us more than if we give them the right idea from the get-go). One bit we had that I like for consideration still: "You choose projects to support, and make a pledge…" tentative 6a. "We call this "crowdmatching", and with this system, our support grows together and is directed towards the most promising projects." tentative 6b. "This process, which we call *crowdmatching*, builds consensus and directs support to the most promising projects." tentative 6c. This *crowdmatching* approach means that all the patrons of a project reinforce each other, and it naturally builds consensus, directing our support to the most promising projects." 6c is longer and wordier, but I like the feel and it really draws out the feel and meaning the right way to me. FINAL 7. Join us in clearing the path to a free and open future! Note: We can *maybe* tweak the FINAL lines before the actual production is done but I don't want to discuss them until all lines are in the same candidate-for-final state.
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