So far perthchat.org has been quite affordable to run, this is mainly due to the generous free hosting that we've been provided with. The service itself, including all the side-services we run like this news site and our lemmy instance currently only costs around $30 a month to run.
We want to keep growing though, and it's not safe to just assume the free hosting we currently have will always be available. If it were retracted suddenly, this service would cost 10x more to run and that's not a position we want to be in.
Why not just put ads on Perthchat.org?
The service was designed to be ad-free, that's the appeal of it. There's a perverse trend of monetising human communications that we want to break free from. You shouldn't have to view ads in order to experience human connection, you also shouldn't need to give up your privacy for it!
Ads are the root cause of the internet surveillance growing out of control. Where advertisers have no issue profiling and collecting massive amounts of data from their users, all in the name of profit.
Advertisements are also detrimental to our mental health. As they often promote unrealistic standards of success, beauty, and happiness, creating a social comparison that can lead to feelings of inadequacy. Many ads also foster a materialistic worldview, suggesting that purchasing certain products or services will lead to happiness or fulfillment.
So today we're launching a fundraising effort for the service, that's powered by Patreon:
We don't just expect you to give us free money however. So we're also going to host a show! Come September (hopefully) Mike will be starting a Youtube series! Checkout the following channels to see what we're up to:
We'll also be taking donations via cryptocurrency, if you're a libertarian hiding out deep in the woods who's concerned about their freedom be sure to wire us some coin:
So Donate today and help fund Australia's largest public Matrix service!