Diaspora core developer team’s recent email plea for donations has been getting bad response. Diaspora raised about $200 000 through Kickstarter a little over a year ago. Some people seem to think it’s just a scam that they are looking for some more money.
Diaspora (or more graphically DIASPORA*) is the new community service carried out in an open source code. So far there are something like 150 code contributors, but in the heart of things, there are four young guys in New York who started the whole thing. Most of the money they raised they divided for a payroll.
According to monetary statement they put out, they took a yearly salary of bit under $29 000 each. That sounds quite modest for hot new code developers.
So what do people expect? That they shouldn’t get paid for work?
Many of the complaints seem to gravitate around the fact that there are still those who haven’t received invites to core team’s Diaspora server, or pod, as they are called. Somehow that seems to imply that there’s no working service out there. Well, guess what, you don’t need an invite. Just find yourself a nice open pod (there are lists like this) – or someone on the joindiaspora.com to invite you personally.
I’m on Diaspora, and it’s smashing. Maybe you’ve noticed that I’ve even put out some Diaspora share buttons recently. I expect to report some more on this fantastic social network very shortly.
Meanwhile, don’t slam people for getting paid.
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