@faho Paying for Libre software - is something that has been muted before in a more pan-utility way.
(well-over a whole LTS ago - but no-one did the homework).
However, elementary needs SALT in a mixture between :-
- A, HumbleBundle
- B, Bountysource
- C, LiberaPay
So lets outline these factors.
A, If there was a system-wide average allotted to over-ride these new methods of (financially-participating) updates, by creating a ‘Beat The Average’ unit, then you wouldn’t need to waste time with being asked,
Where are your papers ?
B, If you could imagine Salt V2.0 (which is basically Patreon without the bells and whistles),
then a Beat The Average could be a ‘Moving Average’ within set upper-limits (the upper limit could be the first question that @danrabbit could request from Users (this is basic prudential accounting - you ask for projections upfront) )
i.e. similar to what ppl do on the download page - they are stating a forecast to how much they are prepared to donate to elementary.
There are other ramifications with suggested donations and other things from an accounting perspective, but I shall not bore you with them at this juncture.
C, The other application is LiberaPay which is where you can set up various accounts to perform a task to a person. Not many do this, but let-us fetter the developer’s pot into various boxes, and let people get used to those.
For example, | Box 1, basic hattip | Box 2, Cake fund day | Box 3 server costs | Box 4 Proprietary and/or Open Hardware | Box 5, Medical | Box 6 security | etc etc …
That way, there can be a conversation through reading the dev’s blog about the difference between pushing all the wonderous money down a hole & well, it is called trust.
However, due to the complex personalities of the elemtary ‘crew’ , I believe that dev’ Rabbit shall ‘get these implications’ whereas cassidyjames shall not.
Just a learned hunch.
It is for this reason, I shall expect a similar stripe-system to be implemented in other numerous distro’s within a year to this effect.
but I wish the project well