Support #8607



Added by Marilyn Weber about 5 years ago. Updated over 4 years ago.

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User Feisal Mohamed asks:

"The next step for us is to add PayPal to the site, if possible. Does the Commons have its own plugins for that, or should a WordPress plugin work? Are we allowed to set up ecommerce on the Commons platform?"

Actions #1

Updated by Matt Gold about 5 years ago

I am checking policy on the ecommerce issue. Boone, can you advise from a technical perspective? I think there are a lot of ways include PayPal, including a link; a link + image; an embed code for a button (which I assume the WP page editor would strip); or a plugin

Actions #2

Updated by Boone Gorges about 5 years ago

I'd need more detail on what's being requested here. Depending on the kind of data being stored, we may need to be PCI compliant, which is very complex and probably out of scope for the Commons.

Adding a PayPal button or link is easy and can already be done. However, by itself it probably doesn't allow for integration into ecommerce plugins, which need to be able to engage in two-way conversation with PayPal and other processors.

I think we should get more details on the nature of this request, and then assess it alongside the overall policies for Commons use. This'll give us a sense of (a) whether such a use is appropriate in this case, and (b) how we can extend our thinking to cover more general rules for appropriate/inappropriate use of financial integrations on the site.

Actions #3

Updated by Marilyn Weber about 5 years ago

This is for Feisal can be reached at if you'd like to may email him for clarity.

Actions #4

Updated by Matt Gold about 5 years ago

Hi All -- I'm following up with Legal and with Feisal on this. Marilyn, if it's okay with you, I'd prefer if you were the primary interface for members so that Boone can focus on development.

Actions #5

Updated by Marilyn Weber about 5 years ago

Yes, that's no problem. I just thought it might be speedier in this one case. But it sounds like this may be complicated.

Actions #6

Updated by Boone Gorges almost 5 years ago

  • Assignee set to Matt Gold
  • Target version set to Not tracked

Moving this out of triage while it's being discussed by CAC leadership.

Actions #7

Updated by Marilyn Weber over 4 years ago

I assume this can be closed?


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