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Re: Proposal: SPI as international money transfer service

Neil wrote:

On Sun, Oct 08, 2006 at 08:07:10PM -0400, mmlacak wrote:
>    So, my question is: can we make SPI ( http://www.spi-inc.org/,
> http://www.debian.org/donations ) into monetary service which accepts
> from and is able to transfer money to any country in the world?

In short no. This isn't SPI's purpose.
> Is able to deliver money basically from door to door (
> post-office/bank to PO/B ) ?

> Doesn't require anything beside internet connection and local bank /
> post office account?

No, we need the co-operation of the receiving party.
> Charges only some percentage for its own operational expenses, so
> there could be some sense in donating just a few bucks, and be sure
> that most of it gets to intended developer (and yes, this is crucial)?

> Accepts donations for any developer and any project, not just
> supported ones?

> Provides traceable and secure transactions, even if it doesn't deliver
> within minutes, days, weeks?


I'm npt quite sure why this hasn't been brought before the attention of
SPI first.

<moray> hm, maybe wearing a black t-shirt while dusting my bedroom for the first time in years wasn't such a good idea

Neil, thanks for your answers. Pardon my ignorance, but
did you give them as an official SPI member? If so, may I
ask you to reconsider accepting donations for any
developer and any project, not just supported ones. I mean,
there is no project which is set to financially support general
open source community. Your parent project, Debian, does
this, only within its domain, that is source code. But, as much
as Debian project contributes to an open source community,
it also draws much from the same. So it seems to me that
supporting only Debian and related projects is one sided, and,
in a long run, not in a best interests of both community and
Debian project. You can get only as much as you're giving
away. Why give less, if you could easily give more?


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