GitHub ( tweet Hacker News):
Financing developers through GitHub Sponsors is a way to contribute to open source projects you appreciate. Help developers get the resources they need and recognize contributors who work behind the scenes to make open source better for everyone.
With Sponsors, any GitHub user can sponsor any open source developer in the program.
] Yes, GitHub swallows the cost of these transactions completely to give the creator as much money as possible. But what is even more wild is that matches every dollar that was contributed in the first year, a fiercely bold commitment that is only possible with the support of a company like Microsoft.[…]
Most importantly, this helps change open source storytelling: you shouldn't feel you need to work for free, especially if businesses actually make money from your work. Sponsorship right there on the site with the installation instructions helps beat the way for businesses to actually fund the work they trust, and that matters.
I'm sure GitHub had all the right purposes here. And I'm sure this will work well for a few developers who want to collect enough donations to ignore individual demands for their time. But I think there is a great risk for open source culture.
If your first reaction was just "oh, OF COURSE donations are good. The end of the story!" Then I have a main speech to chew on.
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