This is a plugin presentation.
I have created this cluster for those who help on this forum or share plugins or free resources. These simply add his own Ko-fi component in a definition, and others can access their Ko-fi account by double clicking on the component. It’s as simple as that, I’ve just minimised the effort for both sides to offer donations.
Ko-fi is a commission-free sponsorship platform to thank creators for their work and gain access to exclusive content. The coffee is symbolic, you can donate as much as you want. It is linked with a Paypal or Stripe account.
The plugin comes as a Grasshopper file (.gh) with a cluster that you have to customise before saving it as user object (.ghuser), then you can include your own ko-fi component in a document and that’s all. Obviously you also need a Ko-fi account linked to your Paypal or Stripe account.
To configure it you have to input a text with format: “Name, Ko-fi username, component style index, personal output message”. Then save the user object in your toolset. The next time you want to be considered for donation, include your ko-fi component in the definition.
I have password protected the cluster to prevent easy redirection to other websites and to prevent bad surgeons from parasitising the cluster.
If you create a Ko-fi account to use this component, please share your ko-fi url in the comments on the food4rhino page in order to measure the success of this plugin.
There is also the option to include a html button in this forum via Ko-fi settings > Buttons & Widgets > Ko-fi button > Image, but I don’t think the effort of looking for the webpage to get the piece of code every time will pay off. Ideally it would be embedded as a reaction in Discourse comments, but I don’t know if Discourse is that configurable, nor is it in my hands.
Ko-fi integrations can done with Zapier.
I think it’s something that should have always been there. Nobody is going to make money out of this, especially not in a community so used to getting everything for free. But at least now we have an easy and simple way to support the community, by inviting for a coffee those who offer their time and knowledge helping others. It’s not about paying for help, it’s about repaying the good deed. It’s to be bi-directional, to feed back into the loop and encourage these brilliant people to keep helping and creating plugins for the community.