I contribute to creators on Patreon primarily to let them know that I want them to keep creating content. It's not about the money so much as me saying "I enjoy the work you produce and want you to keep doing it."
Patreon for a software developer maintaining an open source project, however, sounds an awful lot like giving a guarantee that if a Patreon supporter opens an issue you'll hop right on it. I can't think of many software developers who would provide that service for $5/month.
Indeed OSS devs may still feel the pressure even if the supporters do not have such an intention. Would anonymous donation be a solution to this problem?
I believe so. Occasionally, I see a single-payment "donate" button on an open source project's homepage, and I am far more likely to make a single payment than sign up for recurring payments.
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