Open Collective
Open Collective



Provide the Mastodon instance


Thanks for visiting the Mended Drum OpenCollective Page. The Mended Drum is a Mastodon server hosted at, and serves as a friendly social place for fans of Terry Pratchett and/or Neil Gaiman to connect to 'the Fediverse'.

Running the server is of course not free, so your contributions are welcome! I strive to be as transparent as possible about the financial aspects of the Drum. Expect monthly financial updates in the news section below.

The running of the server is a private undertaking for family and friends, and any gifts are personal gifts for tax purposes. To prevent me from being taxed (and your money therefor being collected by the taxman and not one of the goals below), there is a €2000,-/year maximum donation limit. (Dutch tax laws would kick in with higher amounts, so Elon you needn't apply). Just to be absolutely crystal clear: donations are voluntary and no rights can be derived from them.
Any donations raised will be spent in the following order:
  1. To pay for the current (or last) months hosting bills;
  2. To improve the server capacity where deemed necessary; 
  3. To save for the coming months hosting bills up to a maximum of 12 times the last bill[1];
  4. Every six months, any superfluous donations will be given away, in turn, to support Alzheimer Research and the Orang Utan Foundation, in remembrance of #GNUTerry.
Thank you for your support, have a drink and don't mind the Orang Utan at the bar!

[1] If ever the Drum ceases to exist, or this buffer isn't necessary anymore, the amount will be added to the donation as in #4.


Let’s get the ball rolling!

News from MendedDrum

Updates on our activities and progress.

February Update

|That was the shortest month of the year, and also (at least on this hemisphere) not only are the months getting longer again, so are the days. In terms of usage this was a quite month. User count is up to 216, of which 154 active according...
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Published on March 6, 2023 by Patrick Dersjant

January Update

So, 2023 is settling and some people are mentioning spring already. I'm not that far yet, but it is a good time to write a short update. Growth in user count has slowed down a bit, but as I write this there are 206 accounts, of which three...
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Published on February 1, 2023 by Patrick Dersjant

December update

Happy new year! I hop that 2023 contains many happy Ooks! for you! First, let me start by expressing my gratitude to all of you you've made the last month amazing for me. It's been filled with some hard work, getting the instance running sm...
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Published on January 2, 2023 by Patrick Dersjant


Become a financial contributor.

Financial Contributions

One-time contribution
Visitor of the Drum

Thanks for your (one time) support in keeping the Drum open!

Starts at€2.50 EUR

Latest activity by

+ 2
Recurring contribution
Regular of the Drum

Thanks for being a regular to the Drum, and for your support in keeping the Drum open!

Starts at€2.50 EUR / month

Latest activity by

+ 14
Custom contribution
Make a custom one-time or recurring contribution.

Latest activity by

+ 28


Transparent and open finances.

Contribution #604064
Contribution #634375
Contribution #633168
Today’s balance

€263.74 EUR

Total income

€423.67 EUR

Total disbursed

€159.93 EUR

Estimated annual budget

€991.28 EUR