Donations, the smaller brother of the Flattr system, just got some small but important updates. We added donations over a year ago and quite a few organizations and causes have used it successfully to allow their supporters to give a larger sum of money every month.
The current system was a quick hack and and suffered from several drawbacks that made it hard to understand for the uninitiated, it’s always had a fairly low limit of €50 per month etc. So we did a few small but important changes:
* Maximum donation size = €150
* Some funds no longer reserved for flattrs – Often users just want to use the donation feature and donate their whole budget right away. It’s now possible, no more of that “€5 is locked for this months flattrs” stuff. That should bring the number of support tickets down, yay! :)
* Donations are immediate to sender – pending donations, possibility to cancel them was confusing a lot of supporters, they weren’t sure if it worked, when will donation be final etc. Now it’s simple – you make a donation and that’s it, funds move to whoever you supported.
That’s it. Let us know how to make donations system even better, we feel there’s a lot of potential in making bigger donations easier and more social to use.