Possible to donate money to Discourse?

i would be interested in supporting the Devs through patron but since i don’t have much disposable income, i don’t think i could contribute anything.


@uwe_keim i need for hosting…But None of hosting plans fit my budget… :smile:


Something like this would be great. I have no needs for a hosting plan yet I still want to donate.

Give me some Paypal button or Bitcoin address (for those that have beef with paypal basically) and a box with “What should these funds go to” or something like that.

That probably makes people feel entitled and maybe even angry when that feature X isn’t developed yet after Y months, but IMO it’s not too tragic.

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We appreciate the sentiment, but often the best way to contribute involves your time more than money.

Yes, you could sign up for a hosting plan. That’s always appreciated.


  • set up a Discourse development environment and contribute pull requests to Discourse for copy, features, bugs, or translations

  • repro bugs and post detailed (and reproducible, on try.discourse.org or here) bug repro steps here on meta

  • run your own Discourse forum and provide feature and support feedback based on your live instance


I find myself in the same position. I dink with my install too much to be a good candidate for hosting, and we’re technically capable of managing our own Discourse instances.

But we love the product, and do what we can to support development and evangelize as well. If a formal system of setting up monthly/annual support were to be put in place, it would be nice to be listed as a proper supporter.


Why not open a lighthouse campaign? Some people just dont have time to donate, but they want to see the project prosper.

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I get a lot of request from people to port their forums to discourse. (i work as a freelancer)
Most of the time people are saddened to know the horrible condition of the importers.
for example Vanilla importer can even import the media files.

i think the best way to contribute financially to Discourse will be to hire a developer who will make importer scripts for discourse.

This way a lot of people will switch to discourse, in a way you are encouraging people to use discourse :slight_smile:


Hmm our paying customers we used the Vanilla importer on did not seem to care about the media files. Perhaps this is specific to your case? That said better importers are a plus, it is open source, feel free to either

  • contribute code


  • buy hosting with a business plan and we will do your import, improving the Vanilla importer as we go.

And of course we always release our importers as open source, we just don’t typically spend time improving them unless it is for a customer.


Keep in mind that many philanthropy professionals will tell you that some people don’t have time or skills to give, and giving money is the only practical way for them to show gratitude. In fact, there are lots of anecdotes where stakeholders even become alienated when there’s not a way for them to contribute back to what they see as a good cause.

I realize CDCK Inc. is not a charity or a non-profit, but people still might want to send in money anyway. There’s obviously accounting overhead involved, but simple take-a-cut solutions like PayPal or Amazon’s service if it’s still around can make that easier. Or even just a PO Box where someone could mail a check. Keep it in mind as growth continues.


It also makes you feel like a beggar, panhandling for change. Is that really worth it? Why be perceived that way, when you don’t want to be?

If people really have absolutely no time to contribute, that’s fine, they just passively benefit. That is how open source works. And even by running or merely using a Discourse you indirectly contribute to the ecosystem and expose yourself and others.

If we make a good product, then there should be natural ways to pay, and there are. If we do not make a good product that inspires people to support us, then we deserve to fail.


That is probably one of the more profound things I’ve read lately (regarding business in general, not specific to Discourse). It was really well said and I’ll be sharing that with other small teams I interact with.


We are migrating one of our forums to Discourse hosting today.


That is exactly my point!
People are waiting for better importers in good conditions!

Also another problem is that most poeple dont have enough :dollar: to spend on DIscourse.org hositng or installation. They find the 10$ Digital Ocean expensive too! (People are used to cheap servers for their php forums :frowning: )

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Installing discourse anywhere increases adoption and thus helps us


Not everyone who supports the work being done here needs to run their own forum. Would it be OK if John Doe signs up for a hosting plan and then doesn’t use it? If so, maybe that’s enough. (But it seems wasteful.)


Perhaps you could “sponsor” someone else, e.g. evangelize / recommend Discourse and convince them to sign up as a customer. This is always greatly appreciated and it is as if you signed up yourself in my book :wink:

Longer term, @sam suggested we have a referral program where both parties get one month free.


I imagine just mentioning to people that Discourse is a thing would suffice. They may not have the need directly but they may know someone who does.

Organisations can’t pay for that kind of advertising so it would hold far more value than money.


Do you accept Bitcoin donations?

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We don’t accept any donations at this time, other than your time. Spreading the word about Discourse is always appreciated, too!


quick side note: Saw the message advising this might be ‘bumping’ as I started writing so it’s not deliberate - more the case that donating is the higher priority for me and this page covered most of what I thought.

Sounds like a dream set-up asking for our time more than money.

I have tried to contribute writting two things so far… mouse clicking arrows to jump reply and also about a way to send [suggestions without needing to signing up with all the legal speak and associations] (Sending suggestions without involving legal terms, TOS, external agencies etc) which might be similar to the attachment to have it hosted on Digital Ocean… and not on my own space/other server… I’d like self-hosted because of data & privacy reasons… mainly against external agencies or spreading control… anyway it’s not that serious but kind of is and inter-twines a bit with legalities and 3rd parties overall.

Back to this, I’ll definitely try those things and donate time though I’m not sure what a pull requests is, and I’m already using another Discourse forum to say a few suggestions there, and lastly one of the suggestions is running our own forum, but that leads me back to trying to self-install.

What downey said about overheads might be true when donating… but donating has overheads either way if it’s time or money and both need figuring out and managing avenues. What about a love box people can just press (even multiple times) to show how much they like it and just for fun?

By the way, I’m never saw anyone as pan-handling here so far… I actively searched and had to dig a few pages just to get some info on donating!! Often like you said codinghorror something wide spread - but actually I think that’s not half a bad way of doing things, have a link somewhere hidden / deeper linked somewhat and make sure you’re never close to pan-handling… or have a click box with a heart and perhaps that’s a type of feedback without needing to get money in the mix… It’s quite an honour to be around these ‘people’ and times I see… such environments/developments!.. goooooaaaal! and yes money is just one thing… and certainly believe more in other things.

Another thing I did, which I do anyway, is make an appreciation page on my site for anything good (like Discourse), to show the forum moving on from things like phpBB and the forum called Fractal Future Forum, which is quite a bit about making processes and awareness in life better/progressive… though I am starting to realise heading towards using heavy technology instead of ourselves will top out and start to lose more values than gain because we all see and understand technology differently and using ourselves is best overall from start to finish of life/death. (i.e. technology birth and death is inherently problematic and consuming in various ways… and not unifying by default but individuals finding their own place in a free world is perhaps more unifying or happy bubbles can exist that for them that technology can’t provide in the same way). Sorry it’s a bit off topic.

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