We've just published a (long-overdue) update on the status of Liberapay: https://medium.com/liberapay-blog/liberapay-status-update-a76403f4e0
TL;DR for people who use Liberapay to receive donations: go to https://liberapay.com/about/me/payment/ and connect at least one Stripe or PayPal account, otherwise new donations to you can't be processed.
@Ninjatrappeur In some cases the new system can result in higher fees than the old one, yes. However Liberapay is still designed to avoid high fee percentages, so the average should be below 5%. Also, recipients outside Europe may actually get lower fees than with Mangopay.
@Ninjatrappeur Wallets are a legal nightmare, they're so similar to bank accounts that in the EU only licensed payment institutions are allowed to provide them. We could have tried to migrate from Mangopay to another European e-wallet provider, but that basically meant abandoning our non-European users.
@Liberapay So we won't see anything more privacy-friendly then the two? Many of us who have setup Liberapay to support our FOSS projects have strong objections towards Paypal. And from what I've heard so far, Stripe isn't really that much better.
I know it's not your fault that Mangopay closed its doors on you. But the current situation is quite disappointing. Refusing the two, many of us cannot receive funding via Liberapay now.
@Liberapay good explanation and write up. Also you mentioned on github that this way of handeling payments makes it more easy to switch providers in case of new troubles. Its trouble for Dutch to make a Stripe account to recieve money. Its only available for compagnies and not individuals.
@Liberapay I really like the idea of Liberapay, though with the support of Paypal I'm more than disappointed. Paypal is collecting and sharing tons of data of their customers and more than once withheld donations to NGOs for random reasons.
Instead of providing a libre, free and open payments infrastructure it feels more like moving away from those principles by promoting Paypal.
@baldo PayPal is pretty much unavoidable. You may not like it but it allows Liberapay to be used by creators in more than 200 countries, and we had received several requests to add support for PayPal in the past.
@Liberapay Problem is: Instead of working towards an alternative this will make even more people move towards Paypal.
@baldo Fleeing PayPal isn't the solution, if they're mishandling personal data then the GDPR can and should be used to make them stop.
@Liberapay thank you for this update!
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