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GitHub is launching GitHub Sponsors, allowing the community to financially support the people who design, build, and maintain the open source projects they depend on:

help.github.com/en/articles/ab

@fribbledom Hmmm, on the one hand this is great. People need financial support to do what they do better and this can help! Especially making sure that the money they receive comes from the right place.

On the other hand, I know that this will be heavily abused by the current power structure and just corrupt free software even more, by the whims of corporations.

@fribbledom If this works out it could help fill this super important gap!

@fribbledom This actaually sounds good, but too bad it is on github @gitlab are you guys seeing this .

@fribbledom I wish they just used liberapay.com/ which is fully open source instead of building their own system (which will lead to more vendor lock-in)

@drzaiusx11

They do actually let you supply a list of other donation methods for your project. I'm not sure how that'll affect the UI just yet, but I guess we'll find out soon.

@fribbledom sure but by matching payments and eating fees, they've made those second class options

@fribbledom
I wonder why Patreon hasn't seen any significant use in this space. For more artistic pursuits, it's been The One Way to get recurring donations for years now.

Not that Patreon is without problems - far from it - but the network effects weigh heavily in favour of using it instead of anything else.

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