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New KDE application

Hi,

A very happy new year to all. Hope you guys are doing good. :)

Me and Rahul (CC'ed; IRC nick - rahulch) came up with an idea for a
new application in KDE, and we were hoping to get an opinion on it.

The central idea behind the app will be to manage the expenses of a
group of users. As a user, you can create one or more groups, add
members to them, and add entries for expenses for a given group. You
can also check the outstanding balances and choose to settle-up with one
or more members. There will be options for fine-tuning a given entry -
decide who all have born the total expenditure and by what
proportions, how should the total expense be divided among the members
(equally/specific amounts/etc), add pictures for receipts, add
comments, and so on and so forth.

We are planning to start off with desktop application with a decentralised
approach, i.e. the users will hold the data of the shared expenses. Now again,
there is a possibility of tampering with the expenditure so we might need to
set a centralised archived or something similar data set to maintain the
integrity and persistence of a transaction. We are open to opinions and
discussions for this also. Further to that we will be building mobile
application for the users ease of usage and add expenditure on the go. After
all, mobiles are more widely used by user than desktop application.

For settling up we were thinking of integrating some standard payment
gateways (PayPal, etc) but I am not sure of how much of this
integration is possible in KDE. Until then we can just maintain a
transaction record indicating that members A and B have settled up. We
were also considering developing a cryptocurrency (we could call it
KCoin or something) that would serve as a means of payment. Opinions
are welcome in this particular segment as possibilities can be immense.

As for maintaining the ledgers, we wanted to implement it using
blockchain, but again, I am not sure if it can be done in KDE, or if
we have some libraries that support blockchain implementation, etc.

An application like this comes in handy when a group of people need to
manage their regular expenses, and we thought it might be a good idea
to have something similar in KDE. The target audience for this will be
college groups, work groups, school groups, etc whoever is entitled to
shared expenditure. We would love to get your feedback, mainly on the
feasibility of the features mentioned above.

Regards,
Sayan