Flattr with Bitcoins

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I have a fair supply of Bitcoins. Flattr is a purely internet based payment system, it would make so much sense if it worked with MtGox or direct Bitcoin payments to fund your Flattr account. This has real potential to jumpstart the Bitcoin economywithout having to deal directly with traditional payment networks
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Linus Olsson, Co-founder

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As we can't add Bitcoin as a second currency (people in general don't know or want bitcoins) it becomes kind of a no go. We would love to be able to support it, but we don't see how.
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No idea which one is best, but Wordpress is using BitPay. Their website says they can do daily Euro deposits to banks in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Finland, and the Netherlands. https://bitpay.com/bitcoin-direct-dep...
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Linus Olsson, Co-founder

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We need a processor that pays to UK, bitpay does not.
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thilo.planz, Champion

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It does, I think, but only in pounds.
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Cite: "The majority of BitPay's merchants are in the United States, followed by the U.K., Canada, Australia, and Finland. Businesses in a total of 98 countries use BitPay to process bitcoin payments."
There is a "U.K." in this sentence :) Just register for free and have look at the API or maybe ask bitpay how you can solve your problem with their help.
The thing is that people can add some money to their flattr account by sending bitcoin to bitpay and flattr receives pounds and adds some flattr points to his/her account.
As far as I know the API is really deep and should cover all your needs as a merchant.

(You ain't a small guy selling some cans of beer. You are Flattr! If there is no existing solution then they will create one for you!)

Have fun and a nice day.
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https://bitpay.com/bitcoin-direct-dep...
"Payments in Euros are only available to bank accounts in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Finland, and the Netherlands."
Couldn't Flattr's current partners exchange the pounds (£) for euros (€)?
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Was just going to propose this. Really good idea. You could add an option for accepting Bitcoins beside your euro balance. And why not make it possible to switch bitcoin for euros? It shouldn't be so hard to make that work?
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Trading Bitcoins for euros would require some kind of agreement with a Bitcoin exchange, and if you're just going to exchange them for euro you might as well go to one yourself. What would be interesting would be to actually Flattr with bitcoins, but that would require keeping another account of Flattrs made in Bitcoin which would really complicate the whole process. Hopefully some day there will be enough demand to justify doing this. A bigger thing on their mind is probably cracking the US market, good luck if you guys give it a shot! I'll be your first user ;-)
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By polling the actual value with the chosen Exchange's API, I think you could represent BTC value with Euros, Dollars, Yen or anything else you fancy. Please add BTC!

EDIT: how do you currenly represent value? Do you use USD within the code? You could try to convert anything into an internal 'coin', say, Flattr-dollars. Users can then choose their preferred/national currency. Given that you already offer 3 currencies, some conversion mechanism is already in place. (And frankly, it wouldn't surprise me if someone already built a framework for currency conversions...).
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Tomislav Nakic-Alfirevic

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Mindshare aside for a moment (every new idea is a fringe idea when it starts...), Flattr and BitCoin are a perfect match: BitCoin has a few shortcomings (e.g. minutes to confirm a transaction...), but none of them have any impact in the Flattr use case, at least that I can see.
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https://bitcoin-central.net/ was recently accredited in france.
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Great to know, thanks.
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I like supporting lots of stuff. I don't like supporting Visa, it's too big. There are two or three groups (visa/mastercard.... amex) that control all commerce over the Internet and I really don't want to encourage that.
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This is a great idea. I think it's important to distinguish between supporters funding their accounts with bitcoin, which should be relatively easy, and which a lot of commenters above seem to want, and actually flattering with bitcoins. The latter is more complicated, and could come later, I'd think.
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It would be great to have a native Bitcoin-Flattr-Wallet integrated into Flattr for Receiving funds directly to a Bitcoin address.

And a button in the settings, to check if you want to receive the Flattrs in BTC or the FIAT Currency of your choice.
And or Flattr with Bitcoins or FIAT Money.

Mere BitPay to receive Funds only would be OK too. Please make a least BitPay available for funding.

Native Bitcoin integration would be the best thing.