This is in regards to a Tweet from Ben Milne reaching out in a discussion regarding Open source micropayments / donations and how it’s (until now) always been a hurdle, and that he’s interested in discussing possibility of creating a solution that works well for the community.
I, like many, don’t think lack of donations is an issue of people not wanting to make a difference. I think it’s more an issue of the right workflows and backend logic to ensure making micropayments doesn’t interfere with a user’s daily workflow. I firmly believe the fewer decisions a user has to make about micropayments, and the smoother we can make the experience (without compromising security, etc) the better. For a while I have kicked this problem around in my head to the point that I think I understand the problem well enough (as developer and as donor) that I can offer a basic proposal for how a system like this would (should?) work.
I’ve created a basic summary of the proposal here:
That’s not to say that I think I have everything figured out. After review, you may be able to provide some reasons why the proposal won’t work (as drafted). I’m happy to engage in discussion to work through those issues to see if we can’t create something the entire open source community (and its users) can embrace, which could help sustain open source and even make it thrive beyond what it’s capable of today.