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December 13, 2011, 02:34:47 PM
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Agreed on all points.  Sorry for the sidetrack.

I don't know much about fees but which payment processors charge a fee for donating money and how much?

Visa / Mastercard are roughly 2-4% + $0.30 for card-not-present (over the internet).  They don't care if you're a nonprofit, but if you're doing very large volume they can knock it down a little.  There are also fees for setup ($100-300), gateway ($15-30 per month), statements ($10), and chargebacks will cost you dearly.

Amex is 3.5-7%, though the nickel-and-dime fees are lower.

Paypal's rate is 2.2% + $0.30 for qualifying nonprofits.

Currency conversion runs around 3% and is paid by the buyer, not the merchant.

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December 13, 2011, 02:34:54 PM
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You are right.

In my last email reply, after thanking them for posting the address, I asked for the BTC address to be posted directly on the donate page, with a label.  

However, if more people email them with their comments on the placement, as well as their enthusiasm to donate, they might be motivated to improve the placement sooner.

Let's keep the conversation positive.
I agree. The way my browser window is set up, I can't even see the donation link without scrolling the page! I can see the other donation methods just fine though. I'm not being unreasonable here, the positioning is extremely bad. It's a good point that more people should point this out, that it was difficult to even see it. I will email the archive today.

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December 13, 2011, 03:18:26 PM
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This is great, I'm sending three days worth of my mining income. Hope they would be able to spend those coins directly rather than exchanging them for fiat.

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December 13, 2011, 04:27:47 PM
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I pledge 5 BTC once the address is on their donation page.

Sent 5 BTC.
Current donation to this address : 222 BTC an growing
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December 13, 2011, 06:46:08 PM
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I wrote a letter my snailmail to them a month ago... seems they've taken it to heart!
Great!
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December 13, 2011, 10:17:52 PM
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http://blockexplorer.com/address/17gN64BPHtxi4mEM3qWrxdwhieUvRq8R2r
According to Blockexplorer at the time of this post, 252BTC has been donated so far.  (USD value ~$806)

This means we are about 60BTC away from donating $1000 worth of bitcoin!

I propose we set raising $1000 by the end of the week as a goal.

First, because Internet Archive is a great non-profit.

Second, because $1000 sounds like a lot more than $900.  

I think if we can show that we can raise over $1000 in a week, this story becomes newsworthy.  If we can get news articles written about the Bitcoin100 (and Bitcoin charitable giving in general), many charities will see what we have accomplished and think about setting up their own bitcoin address.

I am sending another 3.XXBTC now, cleaning out my mobile phone wallet.  

Lets break $1000!
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December 14, 2011, 02:30:00 AM
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You are right.

In my last email reply, after thanking them for posting the address, I asked for the BTC address to be posted directly on the donate page, with a label.  

However, if more people email them with their comments on the placement, as well as their enthusiasm to donate, they might be motivated to improve the placement sooner.

Let's keep the conversation positive.
I agree. The way my browser window is set up, I can't even see the donation link without scrolling the page! I can see the other donation methods just fine though. I'm not being unreasonable here, the positioning is extremely bad. It's a good point that more people should point this out, that it was difficult to even see it. I will email the archive today.

They've moved it up now. Nice Smiley

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December 14, 2011, 04:02:34 AM
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http://blockexplorer.com/address/17gN64BPHtxi4mEM3qWrxdwhieUvRq8R2r
According to Blockexplorer at the time of this post, 252BTC has been donated so far.  (USD value ~$806)

This means we are about 60BTC away from donating $1000 worth of bitcoin!

I propose we set raising $1000 by the end of the week as a goal.

First, because Internet Archive is a great non-profit.

Second, because $1000 sounds like a lot more than $900.  

I think if we can show that we can raise over $1000 in a week, this story becomes newsworthy.  If we can get news articles written about the Bitcoin100 (and Bitcoin charitable giving in general), many charities will see what we have accomplished and think about setting up their own bitcoin address.

I am sending another 3.XXBTC now, cleaning out my mobile phone wallet.  

Lets break $1000!

It's already happened. $2000 need to be the next goal. (I hope they backed up their wallet though or know what they are doing - I'd hate the story to turn sour)
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December 14, 2011, 04:08:44 AM
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Yes, I would like to see them move some of this soon, just to make sure they have everything working.

This is a pretty amazing turnout for the couple days it's been up!  It's great to see so many coins going to a good cause.

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December 14, 2011, 04:34:49 AM
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Please forgive me if I'm slightly posting off topic. I have a thread with a poll here https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=54414.0 discussing Bitcoin100 and archive.org. I believe this information is relative to this thread. Again, my apologies if I'm off base. Thank you.

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December 14, 2011, 05:04:56 AM
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You are right.

In my last email reply, after thanking them for posting the address, I asked for the BTC address to be posted directly on the donate page, with a label.  

However, if more people email them with their comments on the placement, as well as their enthusiasm to donate, they might be motivated to improve the placement sooner.

Let's keep the conversation positive.
I agree. The way my browser window is set up, I can't even see the donation link without scrolling the page! I can see the other donation methods just fine though. I'm not being unreasonable here, the positioning is extremely bad. It's a good point that more people should point this out, that it was difficult to even see it. I will email the archive today.

They've moved it up now. Nice Smiley


Why don't they simply add the Bitcoin address to the donation page?
That would avoid having to go read the FAQ to know how to donate.
A Bitcoin logo would help too.
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December 14, 2011, 05:17:12 AM
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I sent them .50 BTC. I am poor.

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December 14, 2011, 05:22:03 AM
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Why don't they simply add the Bitcoin address to the donation page?

because to most people, random strings of 33 characters look ugly.

most qr codes are pretty ugly too for that matter.
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December 14, 2011, 09:57:22 AM
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They don't really do fancy web features, do they? A bitcoin button that pops up a div with a QR and a code would be nice.

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December 14, 2011, 12:17:55 PM
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They don't really do fancy web features, do they? A bitcoin button that pops up a div with a QR and a code would be nice.


  If a button to use bit-pay or some such is not available then even a button that just copied the address to the clipboard would be nice. Maybe have it displayed in a smal [bitaddyhere] pop out at the same time just to show it, would work also.

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December 14, 2011, 12:39:57 PM
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They don't really do fancy web features, do they?

If your job was to make a browseable archive of the whole web, you probably wouldn't be too fond of some of those fancy web features either Wink
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December 14, 2011, 01:19:40 PM
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Wow they changed the link location! I was originally planning to donate 1 BTC but thanks to their continued effort to support Bitcoin I will donate 5 BTC. We will also probably reconsider using Bitcoin100 to donate even more to them.

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December 14, 2011, 01:39:32 PM
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This is a huge step toward greater acceptance.  Archive.org and not only their history, but influence among other websites in general, so good.  As long as I have been into Bitcoin, this is one of the larger strides I have seen made.

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December 14, 2011, 01:57:56 PM
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I checked out this flattr thingey that was suggested in archive.org's blog's comments.

How does it work?
Pick how much you’d like to spend per month, for example €3. Then, whenever you see a Flattr button on a blog or website that you like, click it.

We count up all of your clicks at the end of each month and distribute your monthly spend between everything you’ve clicked on.
Funny idea.

Users are able to pay a small amount every month (minimum 2 euros) and then click Flattr buttons [etc]
In the beginning of the service Flattr itself takes 10% of all the users monthly flatrate, although this fee may be reduced at a later date if the economics permit it.
Expensive stuff.

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December 14, 2011, 02:00:59 PM
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I checked out this flattr thingey that was suggested in archive.org's blog's comments.

Support the Bitcoin like flattr service that has been around for quite a while, offers buying Bitcoin with Paypal, and so much more https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2877.0

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