While we provide this service for free, we still have to pay for it, and if we always took the money out of our own pockets, 1. we would be broke, 2. we wouldn't be able to upgrade our hardware to accomodate our users. While we do have loads of software optimisations that allow us to have Ripple run crazy fast while still being on not so high-end hardware, the more users we have, the higher-end our hardware needs to be. So we are asking you for help on this :).
We are still students.
Ripple developers, and most of the Ripple staff, do not have a day job. This means that we get most of our income as students from doing small jobs as "freelancers" every so often, or, you know, allowance.
We do not have ads. And never will.
You may have adblock enabled and have not noticed, but we don't have ads anywhere on our website. We believe ads are bad, as they can be very annoying to you and that you would rather spend a few bucks to help us rather than watch annoying ads all the time.
We love picking random icons from our icon library.
So what can you do?
Well, you can give us even more money.
Here's what you get:
Just like in osu!, you get a shiny yellow username in the in-game chat to show everyone you're a really cool dude who has helped us pay the server bills.
Again, just like in osu!, you will get a donor badge on your profile, to show everyone you're supporting us.
Custom badge editor
You get to be able to create your own personal badge, with custom text and icon, to show off on your profile! Let the world know you're an anchor. Or prank people showing a spinnin' wheel with "Loading..."! Up to you.
Competing with friends is really cool, you can play on the leaderboard with someone more or less on your level, without getting crippling depression and RSI for not beating that pro!
You'll get exclusive access to the "#donators" text and voice channels, you'll be able to change your discord nickname and you'll get a custom role with custom username colour!
Think about spicing your profile up with some eggplants? Got you covered! Having donor privileges, you get to be able to change your profile background.
More to come!
Who knows what we could implement next? You could be able to do even more stuff for donors once we implement it.