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.

April update: six months Drum

Six months ago I invited people to join the Drum in a soft launch of this Mastodon instance. Yes, it's been half a year of destruction on the birdsite which was such a big part of online life - at least to me - in the last decade or so. But...
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Published on May 4, 2023 by Patrick Dersjant

March update

Hi there, This is a quick update. All was quiet on the drum front: uptimerobot reports a 100% uptime, no updates or upgrades needed this month, so I will just leave you with the financials. Expenses (EUR) -----------------------------------...
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Published on April 3, 2023 by Patrick Dersjant

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


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

+ 29


Transparent and open finances.

Contribution #596054

Credit from Uitlander to MendedDrum

Contribution #652630

Credit from Uitlander to MendedDrum

Contribution #652630
Today’s balance

€291.08 EUR

Total income

€534.71 EUR

Total disbursed

€243.63 EUR

Estimated annual budget

€921.59 EUR