LanguageTool is going to start looking for donations soon. The reason is that we'd like to do more and provide more stable services.
Our current expenses
- Virtual server at Host Europe: €40/month
- discoursehosting.com (this forum): €12/month
How are we planning to spend the money?
- Move from a single server to two servers with a load balancer for more robust services: €66 (estimated, Amazon AWS)
- Soon, we'll hopefully also have a student to work on machine learning for error detection. The exact amount for that hasn't been decided yet, but it will be around €500 per month for a period of six months.
To cover all these costs by donations, we'd need:
€578/month for a period of six months
There are more ideas, like paying students to write error detection rules, but with €578/month we'd reach our first goal. If that sounds like much, it's less than 30 users contributing €20 each.
We now have to decide how asking for donations will work: what payment provider are we going to use? Or are we going to use a platform like patreon? This is something I don't have any experience with, so please share your ideas.