I’m not sure either (see my 2 cents at the end of this post). I picked up a number of issues of debate, I’m trying to suggest ideas to cover them:
the basis: everybody contributes the same amount
the limit: each contributor sets their own limit
question: what happens when you reach your limit? My first understanding was that you might get “bowled out”, meaning that your contributions were not welcome. It’s not so, but we need to be explicitly clear about it so other people don’t get the same impression. And even if the limits are far away (@wolftune said you only reach 10$ when there are 10,000 contributors), I’d want to know exactly what I’m getting into before taking the plunge of leaving my bank references.
- some people have talked about providing initial funding.
So based on that info, the badges correspond to different stages:
the spark is for people who are currently giving at the suggested rate, who have not yet reached their limit, whose contribution increases when more people arrive. The red color symbolizes the “live” status.
or (historic or honorary) is for people who have reached their limit and are contributing a fixed amount every month
the star is for people who chipped in an initial contribution to the project. We could call it a pioneer badge/ It’s red because I don’t know whether this is a valid option in the project or not. (latest thought: Pioneers and red stars might suggest the Soviet Union, maybe find other ideas).
=> Personally I’m not sure whether it’s a big deal or not that different people are giving different amounts. If it isn’t, then we don’t need the detailed icons/badges. Just one shovel (contributor) would do.