Unfortunately I haven’t had much time to contribute to OSD for a while, I’ve only been able to help out with my monthly donation. Recently I thought that I might reduce that contribution, because it seems like OSD doesn’t really need it… and I wondered if other financial donors (or potential donors!) might also be thinking the same thing.
So far we’ve raised $6192 in our Open Collective, and we’ve only ever spent $643 of that (mostly on cards, stickers, banners etc).
I’d love to hear people’s ideas about what we could use our funds for, in order further our goals as a community.
There has been some brief discussion about getting paid hosting for OSD infrastructure, but as @jan pointed out, we can likely get that kind of thing as sponsorship.
And while $5500 is a lot of money when thinking about getting stickers printed, it’s hardly anything in terms of paying people to do OSD-related work.
There is a bunch of valuable work ongoing in the community, like re-designing the website, representing OSD at events etc. But there’s also a tonne of less ‘glamorous’ maintenance work going on behind the scenes, eg. last month @Erioldoesdesign followed up ALL of the outstanding jobs on the job board via email!
With the Secure Scuttlebutt community, we have a Scuttlebutt Maintenance open collective to support this kind of work. Admittedly we had a decent-sized grant to get things started, but I liked the framing - it’s mostly money for people in the community rather than for goods and services, and it’s not for fancy experiemental new software projects, but rather for the less public and exciting stuff - documentation, bug-wrangling, admin, etc.