MSP Social.net is creating a social platform focused on Twin Cities, MN regional issues
15

patrons

$46
per month
MSP Social is a social network (specifically, a mastodon instance) for people interested in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, and the surrounding region.

It is intended to be an escape from the massive, corporate social networks; a place for locals to connect and discuss their lives and regional issues without the cacophany of global, commercial platforms that have incentives to promote noise and negative interaction to impress investors and advertisers with big "engagement" numbers.

The primary purpose of this Patreon is to defray the costs of running and maintaining the MSP Social server—which aren't that high, right now! Contributions will always go first to defraying current hosting costs. Cost information will be publicly available. Patrons will have the MSP Social admin's ear for ideas about improvements or ways MSP Social can serve the community.

Surplus contributions will be set aside to cover costs during months of deficit. The server is being administered through volunteer labor. Presumably this can continue indefinitely, but if the size or complexity of the project grows, Patrons will be informed before anything changes.

In the future, Patrons may also support using surplus funds to give back to contributing community members. This is a possibility that hopefully can be explored, but only if contributions reach a level that exceed the monthly hosting costs, so that the platform itself is sustainable.

In the long-term, surpluses could also go toward costs of building a sustainable, accountable organizational structure, e.g., fees to organize and register as a nonprofit. The size and scope of what is possible and appropriate will all depend on future growth and what the community wants out of the project.

Thanks so much for considering supporting a community-based, non-commercial platform!
Tiers
1 Day of MSP Social
$1 or more per month 9 patrons
Keep the server running for about a day!


You will enjoy appreciation from MSP Social users and admins, if you're into that sort of thing, and will be acknowledged on the about page, unless you opt out.

5 Days of MSP Social
$5 or more per month 4 patrons (sold out!)
Keep the server running for 5 days.


Patrons at this level can have a custom emoji of their choice added to MSP Social server for everybody to use (subject to approval)! You will also be acknowledged on the about page, unless you opt out. 


This tier is limited to four people—current server costs don't justify having more patrons at this level.

Goals
$46 of $50 per month
FUTURE MSP Social!

Amounts exceeding current server costs will be set aside for future server costs. This will help weather times when cashflow is down, or to anticipate future server expansion needs (more storage or bandwidth will increase monthly costs), allowing the expansions to take place as soon as they are needed.

A surplus can also create an opportunity to pay local creators for contributing to MSP Social. No specific plans to implement this are in place; all surplus funds paid to contributing community members will be done in a transparent fashion, with the input of Patrons.
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MSP Social is a social network (specifically, a mastodon instance) for people interested in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, and the surrounding region.

It is intended to be an escape from the massive, corporate social networks; a place for locals to connect and discuss their lives and regional issues without the cacophany of global, commercial platforms that have incentives to promote noise and negative interaction to impress investors and advertisers with big "engagement" numbers.

The primary purpose of this Patreon is to defray the costs of running and maintaining the MSP Social server—which aren't that high, right now! Contributions will always go first to defraying current hosting costs. Cost information will be publicly available. Patrons will have the MSP Social admin's ear for ideas about improvements or ways MSP Social can serve the community.

Surplus contributions will be set aside to cover costs during months of deficit. The server is being administered through volunteer labor. Presumably this can continue indefinitely, but if the size or complexity of the project grows, Patrons will be informed before anything changes.

In the future, Patrons may also support using surplus funds to give back to contributing community members. This is a possibility that hopefully can be explored, but only if contributions reach a level that exceed the monthly hosting costs, so that the platform itself is sustainable.

In the long-term, surpluses could also go toward costs of building a sustainable, accountable organizational structure, e.g., fees to organize and register as a nonprofit. The size and scope of what is possible and appropriate will all depend on future growth and what the community wants out of the project.

Thanks so much for considering supporting a community-based, non-commercial platform!

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Tiers
1 Day of MSP Social
$1 or more per month 9 patrons
Keep the server running for about a day!


You will enjoy appreciation from MSP Social users and admins, if you're into that sort of thing, and will be acknowledged on the about page, unless you opt out.

5 Days of MSP Social
$5 or more per month 4 patrons (sold out!)
Keep the server running for 5 days.


Patrons at this level can have a custom emoji of their choice added to MSP Social server for everybody to use (subject to approval)! You will also be acknowledged on the about page, unless you opt out. 


This tier is limited to four people—current server costs don't justify having more patrons at this level.