This topic is a reply to an earlier discussion and comment (I couldn’t find the “Reply as new topic” button) :
As I have struggled to understand the philosophy behind the project, I hope my contribution towards explaining it can help others get the message about how it works. Below are a couple of diagrams, and a draft text.
- Diagrams. Note that the second diagram ends on a question, and I’m not sure we have a definite answer right now.
- Text explanation.
… is discouraging if you feel you’re the only one doing it.
It’s the same with contributing to an open source project. I’m willing to start giving, but I don’t want to be the only one, because if I am, I’m not going to go very far, now am I?
Enter Snowdrift.coop. Being the first one to help is painless because the very first contribution is one tenth of one cent per month. It’s only when more people start chipping in that the contribution rises.
As the number of participants rises, the overall contribution to the project expands quadratically (meaning it hits the roof). In the meantime, your own contribution rises arithmetically, just adding one tenth of one cent for each new shoveller joining the effort.
To avoid overreaching your budget, you set a limit to what you are ready to give.