“Most importantly, this helps to change the open source narrative: you shouldn't feel like you need to work for free, especially if companies are actually making money off of your work.”, I swear I didn’t have a crystal ball for my RailsConf keynote 🙈 https://char.gd/blog/2019/github-is-building-the-developer-platform-we-always-needed …
“Why haven’t you fixed my issue yet!? I sent you $10! I demand you honor your obligations here. I paid you”, welcome to small-donation open source 2019 🙈
I’m sure GitHub had all the right intentions here. And I’m sure this will work out well for a select few developers who will amass enough donations to ignore individual claims to their time. But I think it’s a grave risk to the culture of open source.
If your initial reaction was just “oh, OF COURSE donations are good. End of story!”, then I have a keynote for you to chew on. https://m.signalvnoise.com/open-source-beyond-the-market/ …
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