Frequently Asked Questions
We've learned that Kickstarter's platform doesn't enable backers to select more than one tier, but it's still possible to purchase more than one! All you have to do is:
1. Add the price of the tier you want to the current amount you have pledged and
2. Send us a private message indicating what that money is for.
More precise directions follow:
1. While logged in, click on "manage your pledge" in the upper right-hand corner.
2. In the next screen, click on the blue "change your pledge" button.
3. Add the price of the tier you want to the current amount of money you have pledged.
4. On the Pursuance Project Kickstarter main page, click on Barrett's profile picture in the top left-hand corner and click on the "contact me" button at the bottom of his profile.
5. Write and send a message that specifies the additional tier you would like to purchase.Last updated:
What makes Pursuance different from other group collaboration software like Slack, Trello, and Loomio?
Pursuance provides the usability of Slack (but more securely), the task management features of Redmine (but better-designed), the privacy of Signal (but suitable for complex organizing), and the community-building of Reddit (but with recruitment by skill set), plus truly unique features like cross-group task assignment, Pursuance network visualization, and infiltrator mitigation via a robust permissions system.Last updated:
We are building Pursuance for activists, journalists, and nonprofits -- especially (1) digital activists, (2) those who understand the immense potential (and successes) of crowdsourced journalism, and (3) nonprofits who believe in empowering volunteers to help directly contribute to the goals of nonprofits.
That said, Pursuance's feature set is purposely starting out general, so that many different kinds of groups of people can use it to make themselves more effective.Last updated:
Why can projects/pursuances trust their messages and shared files to the Pursuance software and the people behind it?
With end-to-end encryption, we can mostly design this problem out of existence. Once we've finished adding end-to-end encryption to more parts of the software, not even the Pursuance server hosting your group/project/pursuance will be able to see your messages and files; this data will be encrypted with crypto keys that the server never has access to. (And once we have native mobile apps, users will be able to perform Signal-style key verification, which will prevent certain kinds of attacks, making Pursuance even safer.)Last updated:
Nope, and here's why.
The current generation of blockchains (1) don't scale or (2) require centralization to scale.
But these first-gen blockchains that everyone's using -- Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Stellar -- either scale very poorly (BTC and ETH), or scale much better but use trusted servers to do so (Ripple and Stellar).
Another practical issue is: what about mobile? An Ethereum-secured mobile app would require the user to download over 1TB (1000GB) of ledger history just to get started -- not exactly feasible on a smartphone.
It's also troubling that ~6 people control the vast majority of hashing power on the Bitcoin network, for example, which means that, while Bitcoin's computation is decentralized, its power is even more centralized than traditional banking -- not exactly the solution we're all looking for, right?
Perhaps the next generation of blockchains will scale without introducing centralization and work well on mobile devices, but the current one doesn't, so for now, we'll pass.Last updated:
Once more of it exists to be audited, probably after we've made native apps using React Native and Electron; at that point the code base will be much more stable, and therefore a security audit will be much more meaningful.Last updated:
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