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Re: Donations for TortoiseSVN

From: Andy Levy <andy.levy_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2010 20:34:06 -0400

On Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 17:33, Bob Archer <Bob.Archer_at_amsi.com> wrote:
> Ick... will you be setting up a Google Checkout donate button or Amazon payments button instead so you can collect some cash? If you do... let us know and I will try to help you with your immediate expenses with a quick donation.

Google Checkout only works in the US and maybe one or 2 other countries.

Sounds like PayPal is a little less dangerous outside the US thanks to
better consumer protections.

>
>> Yesterday, I received an email from PayPal with the subject "PayPal
>> appeal denied". Which is surprising because I never appealed to
>> anything.
>> Reading through the email I discovered that some brain damaged
>> moron
>> decided that I belong to the category "non-registered charities and
>> non-profit organizations (NPOs)" and PayPal therefore can't do
>> business
>> with me anymore. And that their decision is "final" (case
>> "PP-001-070-523-309  (KMM5520352V28182L0KM) :ppk1").
>>
>> Now, I use my PayPal account exclusively to receive donations for
>> TortoiseSVN. The donations are used to cover the server costs and
>> what's
>> left at the end of the year is shared among Simon, Lübbe and me.
>>
>> Trying to reason with PayPal has so far been futile. They're
>> capacity to
>> resist any reasoning is astonishing, but I'm not giving up yet.
>>
>> Now, I could understand if they blocked my account because I did
>> something wrong, but they never mentioned any wrongdoing on my
>> part,
>> only that they decided that I belong to that category now. And all
>> this
>> without any notice or warning.
>>
>> Something which is obviously completely bogus, because for one,
>> they
>> advertise using PayPal for exactly this cause, and because they
>> allow
>> the biggest open source hoster to do the same for all open-source
>> projects hosted there: sourceforge.net.
>> Any project on SF.net can opt-in to receive donations via their
>> PayPal-account. That's more than enough prove (for me at least)
>> that
>> they explicitly allow using PayPal to receive donations for open-
>> source
>> projects. Why they decided that TSVN or I aren't allowed to do so
>> is
>> beyond me and they haven't (yet?) explained that.
>>
>> Since PayPal now holds all my money in that account hostage for at
>> least
>> 180 days, I'm not sure whether I can cover the server costs until
>> then.
>> I might have to dig into my own savings.
>>
>>
>> This means (at least for now, I still hope that PayPal hired at
>> least a
>> few people that actually have an IQ that's over 70) that you can't
>> make
>> any donations to our project anymore.
>>
>>
>> Stefan
>>
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