Old City Bitcoiners

Old City Bitcoiners is a Bitcoin-only meetup in St. Augustine and Jacksonville Beach, Florida. One of the objectives of this site is to minimize the reliance on meetup.com. Sovereign Stack users can utilize open source software to provide coordination features similar to meetup.com!

Website

The public-facing website is provided by Ghost and the design is the Firma Theme. Several modifications were made to the theme including adding Social Links. Posts are tagged with useful information like location, meetup type, sponsorships, etc. This allows you to view cross-sections of all the posts on the site.

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The default behavior of site is to respect your system's dark-mode settings.

The logo is provided by DarkSquare Design, a local design firm accepting on-chain Bitcoin payments! Nice!

The Old City Bitcoiners logo.

Notifications

If you're interested in staying informed of new posts, you MUST subscribe to the RSS feed of the website. Remember, Sovereign Stack sites DO NOT support email. RSS keeps the user in control. It also makes it so the website administrator doesn't have to collect any PII such as names and/or email addresses.

Calendar

Old City Bitcoiners utilizes Nextcloud for calendaring functionality. There's a sexy HTML/CSS front-end for web users, but users can also subscribe via webcal in their calendar client! The calendar app on your phone will automatically refresh with new Bitcoin & Beer events! Sweet! Check out this post on the Old City Bitcoiners website for details on using the feature.

Nostr

Commenting

I am evaluating projects to use for public NOSTR commenting. Right now, I'm just linking to a twitter-like NOSTR client called branle. People wanting to comment can simply click the link then comment under their established NOSTR identity.

Nostr Relay

Old City Bitcoiners has deployed a rate-limited relay at wss://relay.oldcity-bitcoiners.info. This helps the nostr ecosystem and provide messaging infrastructure for a good user experience.

NIP-05 Compliance

Sovereign Stack allows you to make a domain name NIP-05 compliant. By specifying your nostr pubkey, you can have your Sovereign Stack website attest to your Nostr identity. The result is you get a Blue Checkmark in your nostr client of choice.

This is what NIP-05 compliance gets you when using the branle Nostr client.

Donations

The Old City Bitcoiners website leverages BTCPay Server to accept bitcoin. These funds help offset the operational costs of running the meetup. Lightning payments are the only option available to users. I no longer share Bitcoin receiving addresses with the general public due to their on-chain doxicity. Everything is Lightning only, and all donations apply to the monthly crowdfunding goals.

Conclusion

Check out the site today! It's a great case study for monetizing a Bitcoin meetup!


If you really appreciate the Old City Bitcoiner website, go donate to the monthly crowdfund we have set up. Support your local Bitcoin-only meetups!