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Re: KickStarter for Debian packages - crowdfunding/donations for development

Paul Wise dijo [Fri, Jun 14, 2013 at 10:33:58AM +0800]:
> (...)
> Tying donations to one payment processor doesn't sound like a good idea to me.
> I am very concerned about motivations of Debian project volunteers
> being distorted by money so I would suggest only allowing donations to
> Debian as a whole or directly to individual upstream projects.
> I am also concerned about the distortions that monetisation has had on
> the web and worry about the consequences of embedding this into
> browsers. Both the modern web and modern web browsers are very
> concerning in general though.

FWIW, I agree with Paul here. Some Debian people have requested
(individually) for public sponsorship to their free software-related
work. That's all fine. We have a mechanism in place to help people
donate money to Debian as a whole. That's also fine. But I'd very much
rather keep both things separate — Not instate mechanisms in Debian to
get funds to individual developer. We have never needed it, and from
the discussions I have taken part in or witnessed, I really doubt we
would need it now.

Of course, I cannot decline the offer in the name of the whole
project. I just state my opinion.

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