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LanguageTool looking for donations

For more transparency, I’ll list all donations in this spreadsheet. That page will be updated at least once a month, or more often in case there are many or large donations.

Two tests are still needed so we can announce and link the donations page:

  • Someone needs to make a small one-time donation via PayPal.
  • I must make sure the money actually gets transferred to the donation account. This will take about a week.

I have just donated €2.

Notice that the PayPal login page appears in German and it doesn’t allow to donate only €1 (it says the minimum is €2).

Thanks, the donation via PayPal works.

Not sure why that happens, I’ll ask support about that.

This topic should probably be pinned in the topic list.

I couldn’t fix this, so I’ve added a separate PayPal button to http://languagetool.org/donate/ instead. Could anybody test this? You can donate €1 or maybe less.

Thanks @Jan_Schreiber for testing it, it worked. Was the process okay from your point of view, too? Then I’ll add a link to the donation page to the page’s top navigation.

Yes, it was a very smooth experience. Looks fine for me so far.

Okay, the donate page is now linked on https://languagetool.org. I’ll report here what happens, but we might need to make the donate option more obvious in the future.

I donated small amount via PayPal, it was pretty smooth for me.

Hi, I’ve just checked the page, and I think Donate link is currently is not very visible (hidden in the top menu). For example, you could:

  • Add a box/sidebar next to the download boxes (Do you like LanguageTool? Donate to keep it going!)
  • add some thanks and a link to the License section at the bottom of the page (“Donate to help improving LanguageTool”)
  • If possible you could open the donation page after installation, I guess that’s possible when installing/upgrading an LT browser plugin

Regards,

Robert

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I noticed that too actually. Usually Donate would be separated from other menu items and will be highlighted differently (more prominently).

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We could show a request for donation close to the text area with the demo text, but only for returning visitors. We could check with a cookie whether a visitor is here for the first time. If anybody wants to work on that, feel free. It’s on my TODO list but I’m currently busy with other things.

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Okay, I managed to prepare a simply non-popup that appears when a user has had more than 20 interactions (accept spell check, ignore word, etc) with languagetool.org (note: not yet active on lt.org):

What’s a good wording? Currently it’s just “Donate to help LanguageTool pay its expenses”. Maybe someone, especially native speakers, can come up with a more engaging wording.

I’ve now activated donations on https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/languagetool/

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This is now active on https://languagetool.org, but not yet on the language-specific sub pages. Users with more than 20 actions (checks, accepted suggestions, etc.) will see a donation link. The number of checks is stored locally, so when you have 10 actions and come back the next day and have 11 actions, you’ll also see the link.

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Patreon seems to be working surprisingly well. You should probably give it a try. I would be totally willing to pay €2 a month. For someone like me who is suffering from dyslexia LanguageTool is a lifesaver! Just transferred €24 to cover my contribution for the next two years :slight_smile:

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Love the Patreon idea and would like to support your work there. :slight_smile:

Went to https://languagetool.org/donate/ but got this:

Yes, please see Update about donations for LanguageTool.

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What a bummer. Maybe a new opportunity arises in the future!