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The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, July 7 2015 3:59 AM UTC +00:00
$2,468
pledged of $7,500pledged of $7,500 goal
53
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, July 7 2015 3:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

We designed Seltzer to make it easier and less time-consuming to organize cooperatives. Unlike traditional CRMs, which are usually used by trained staff, Seltzer is designed to be simple and intuitive enough for all members to use, and reduces the amount of training needed for volunteers with limited time commitments. Over the past five years, groups like i3 Detroit have used Seltzer to grow to hundreds of members without needing paid staff. Now we're taking everything we've learned and building a secure, stable 1.0 release. Seltzer is Free and Open Source, so you'll always be able to download it, run it yourself, and contribute improvements. We also have some cool rewards for our backers!

Designs of the 2" laptop sticker and 1.5" "visa stamp" sticker
Designs of the 2" laptop sticker and 1.5" "visa stamp" sticker

This campaign will fund several weeks of focused development time to work on improvements that are too big to do as side-projects: linked data support, REST API, modern single-page interface. The funds will also pay for server space to host a publicly accessible instance of Seltzer. Anyone will be able to use it to organize their publicly available data for free, and subscribers (or $100 backers) will be have the ability to restrict their data to certain groups or users. Of course, as free software, anyone can download and run their own private version with all the features!

What will Seltzer do?

  • Tracking membership status
  • Online dues payment
  • Tracking door access privileges
  • Coordinating mentorship
  • Coordinating volunteers
  • Secure handling of member complaints
  • Member contact and emergency contact info
  • Visualizing membership growth

What makes Seltzer different from other software?

  • Ease of use
  • Intuitive interface
  • Active community of users and developers
  • Track record of maintenance and support
  • Decentralized
  • Common core, specialized extensions
  • Linked open data

You can see the old version of the code here, but the new version will look very different!

Risks and challenges

Software development time can be difficult to predict. We will focus on the most widely-requested features at the beginning, and add further features as time permits. Our goal is develop a useful and stable application that will be easy to improve through open source collaboration. Backers can track our progress on the project's public code repository.

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    Have your name and a message listed in the source code.

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    1.5" Seltzer "visa stamp" sticker. Great for hackerspace passports.

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    2" hexagonal laptop sticker and a "visa stamp" sticker.

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    45 minute pair programming session with Seltzer's lead developer, a 2" hexagonal laptop sticker, and a "visa stamp" sticker.

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    Access to create and manage an organization on a hosted version of Seltzer for one year, a 2" hexagonal laptop sticker, and a "visa stamp" sticker.

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    One year of hosting for a private instance of seltzer on a custom domain, a 2" hexagonal laptop sticker, and a "visa stamp" sticker.

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    A visit from Seltzer's lead developer to present a workshop on using the software, a 2" hexagonal laptop sticker, and a "visa stamp" sticker.

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