Request for donations for my development work

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Re: Request for donations for my development work

by paramat » Fri Feb 09, 2018 01:44

Thanks so much for the donations. I feel i should state my appreciation more in this thread but i feel bad about bumping it too often as it may seem like self-interest.
I must apologise for the poor state of my Patreon page, it doesn't seem to come naturally to me to blog there often, and i tend to assume people follow my progress at Github or in the forum. Perhaps i will just post screenshots there.

I want to especially say a big thanks for small donations, that may seem weird, but the fact is most MT users are young and / or have very little money. The number of people only able to give a small amount is very large, so it can add up. So i encourage small donations, don't ever feel any amount is too small, it will never offend me =)
 

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Re: Request for donations for my development work

by paramat » Sat Mar 03, 2018 16:14

The UK government just took away the last tiny bit of income i had, meh. Now it really is zero.
 

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Re: Request for donations for my development work

by voxelproof » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:13

paramat wrote:The UK government just took away the last tiny bit of income i had, meh. Now it really is zero.


I really appreciate your (and of course others) work here and I really, sincerely hope you'll find the way out of your financial woes. Believe me, I'd be happy to make more than just a symbolic donation, but I am a seasonal worker, so now I must count every penny too :| But tell me, how could I contribute from Poland? I haven't used PayPal or any other transfering tools yet. Is there an easy way to send a small amount of money to you?

I've looked at your PayPal account - is filling the exact personal data of my card obligatory to make a donation?
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Re: Request for donations for my development work

by bell07 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 08:26

@paramat, if I look trough minetest_game commits I see your name in ~ 99 % on them. Great work!
I did a payment now, do not like to call it donation but earnings for your hard work.
 

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Re: Request for donations for my development work

by paramat » Sun Mar 11, 2018 22:26

bell07 Thank you.

voxelproof, the only way to send money is from your own Paypal account if you have one, or by entering your card details on that page. Or of course through Patreon. Don't worry, i understand many do not have Paypal, or do not like it, or don't feel comfortable entering their card details, no problem.
 

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Re: Request for donations for my development work

by paramat » Mon Jul 16, 2018 05:56

Sometimes i feel i let this thread go too long without updating. I don't want to give the impression that i am ungrateful, it's because i am worried about bumping this thread too often in my own self-interest.
As always, thanks for the donations, i find it a little difficult to write because i find it a little difficult to describe how grateful i am.
Financial situation is the same, rent for where i live is paid but no other income.

So, stuff i've been doing:

I see that in January of this year i posted about passing 600 commits total (engine plus game). I've been working insanely hard over the last few months and have now just passed 750 total: 418 in MTEngine and 335 in MTGame.
In MTEngine 3rd highest contributor, 2nd highest of active core devs. In MTGame highest contributor by a large margin, not far off 3 times that of the next highest.

As we work on MT 5.0.0 i have discovered and fixed many bugs in mapgen, lots of cleaning up, and have added many useful new mapgen features.

I am experimenting long term with the possibility of biome-defined 'atmosphere' nodes, as the atmosphere is the last node not definable in a biome. This will help MT to 'do space' and allow vacuum nodes, alien atmospheres, but also mist and fog, or hazardous gases in a biome, such as cave gases.

As always i have been working on a new core mapgen, on the 4th rewrite of it currently, still not sure if or when it will be mergeable, but if it is liked perhaps in time for MT 5.0.0.

In MTGame lots of improvements to biomes, new trees and flora, new surface nodes. Recently the biomes are beginning to actually 'impress' me.

For details on my commits see the links in the first post of this thread.
 

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Re: Request for donations for my development work

by fstltna » Mon Aug 20, 2018 03:14

If you give me the paypal email address rather than that form I will add a donate area for you at minecity....
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Re: Request for donations for my development work

by paramat » Thu Aug 23, 2018 20:11

Thank you, but that would mean making my email address public, which i prefer to not do.
 

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Re: Request for donations for my development work

by fstltna » Sat Aug 25, 2018 04:57

True! No problem... I added a menu item just for your page...
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Re: Request for donations for my development work

by paramat » Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:16

I'm up to 800 commits in total for MTEngine, MTGame and the website repo. Just so you know i'm still coding like nuts.
 

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Re: Request for donations for my development work

by ptvirgo » Sun Nov 18, 2018 21:36

Not sure if this is your kind of thing, but I automatically give small donations to sites I visit via Flattr. I know they support github accounts, so that might be an easier way to turn things around.
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Re: Request for donations for my development work

by paramat » Sun Jul 28, 2019 22:08

Wow so long without an update.
As always, indescribable appreciation for the donations.
I've just hit 500 commits in the MT Engine, 374 in MTGame. I'm also working with a few others on an excellent new game for MT called 'Hidden Worlds'.

As you may know, over the last few years i have been working obsessively on MT.
Now that MT 5.0.0 is released, the result of 1.5 years of work, i am feeling less obsessive, and have also realised i was, in a way, working 'too hard', out of balance with the rest of my life in a way that was somewhat unhealthy.

So this update is partly to let you know that i am now working less hours on MT, instead of the previous 4-8 every day with no days off, now more like 2-4 per day and the occasional day off. Anyone who is donating deserves to know how much i am working.

My financial situation is the same as before. Rent for where i live is mostly paid by my city coucil, otherwise i have no source of income, and no savings.

As an indication of my devotion to MT, many months ago i was offered a paid job as a developer for a commercial Android-focussed fork of MT. I turned it down because: My heart wasn't in it, i don't like these commercial MT forks that profit from what is mostly other people's work. It would also have greatly reduced the time i have for MT.

Of course, i am more able to turn down offers like this if i receive donations for my MT work ... =)

Just a note about my Patreon account: I hardly ever post there, but i need to make it clear this is not an indication of lack of appreciation for my patrons, i just prefer to post in this forum.
 

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Re: Request for donations for my development work

by runs » Mon Jul 29, 2019 00:11

Developers should be paid by celeron. I know this site generates advertising revenue. A part should come to you all.

If I saw one thing clear, I'd donate money. I hate the concept of 'charity' of the Anglo-Saxon people, in my country it is totally despised. Better to call it a donation to improve Minetest.
 

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Re: Request for donations for my development work

by TumeniNodes » Mon Jul 29, 2019 01:08

runs wrote:Developers should be paid by celeron. I know this site generates advertising revenue. A part should come to you all.

If I saw one thing clear, I'd donate money. I hate the concept of 'charity' of the Anglo-Saxon people, in my country it is totally despised. Better to call it a donation to improve Minetest.


This bit which celeron55 receives goes toward maint of the website/server, it is far more than enough, what he does... when he really is not obligated to do so. (and where do you believe advertising revenue is coming from?) The site survives solely on donations so I'm not sure where you got your info from.

I prefer and support devs who see to their own calls/requests for donations. This is the way it should be.
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