I laughed… I cried (repeatedly… like a lot)… I gasped in disbelief…
I speak for myself and everyone on the team when I say that we are all absolutely flabbergasted, floored, shocked, astonished, gobsmacked and most of all humbled beyond all meanings of the words. There are just not enough words to describe our appreciation; you have all been so incredibly generous.
At the time of writing this, 12:46PM SLT, the balance is L$2,087,455. Our target goal—which I didn’t think we had much hope of hitting—was L$1.6 million. This would give us enough for our Kakadu license, some money for marketing and some money for an accountant, a lawyer and the taxes which we’ll certainly have to pay because of this fund drive. We are over 2 million linden dollars right now, and actually it is too much! Really it is!
The unfortunate reality in what we do is that most of the time we only hear from the disgruntled, upset, screaming, frustrated, angry users while only occasionally hearing from the folks who genuinely appreciate what we do and offer us a thank you. That thank you, while not much to most, is usually all we ever need. It is what fuels our fire and drives us to push forward. To merge the next code drop, to help the next user requesting help, to write reproductions of bugs, to respond to JIRAs and to carry on in all the facets of what we all do.
It is so easy to forget just how much impact we make here and just how many people we help. But this weekend you have all, so many thousands of you, thanked us in the loudest voices ever possible through demonstration, example, action and sacrifice. Your contributions this weekend have been so much more than financial, and as a result morale on the team right now has never been so high. You have renewed our spirits, dedication and commitment and our resolve to keep doing what we do. You have validated to us that it is all worth it, all the hours… Your thanks has been heard so incredibly loudly.
You have my solemn word that every single cent donated to this project will go back towards our operating costs. Every dollar will in some way or another go back into the community that has so generously contributed. And as always, we will all remain purely volunteers in what we do, with our reward being your thanks. None of us have ever, nor will ever, gain monetarily from our efforts.
Because we have well surpassed our goal I am tempted to remove the jackets from Marketplace now, but I also understand that doing so may upset folks who still want to contribute but haven’t yet had a chance to. So I will leave them available but with the mention that we really don’t need any more financial support at this point.
You have been so incredibly amazing, thank you all so very very much!
Jessica Lyon and the entire Firestorm Team.