DHH @dhh Creator of Ruby on Rails, Founder & CTO at Basecamp, NYT best-selling author, and Le Mans 24h class-winning racing driver. May. 23, 2019 1 min read

“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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