[Development] Changes to Qt offering

Florian Bruhin me at the-compiler.org
Thu Jan 30 16:47:30 CET 2020

On Wed, Jan 29, 2020 at 05:22:04PM -0500, Matthew Woehlke wrote:
> On 29/01/2020 17.13, Konstantin Shegunov wrote:
> > On Wed, Jan 29, 2020 at 11:55 PM Matthew Woehlke wrote:
> >> We need more open-source-meets-kickstarter...
> > 
> > ehm, Patreon?
> Aside from issues with Patreon's reputation, there's a reason I wrote
> "kickstarter". I can't think of any instance where I've seen tangible
> rewards for supporting *an open source project* via Patreon. Conversely,
> Kickstarter offers *specific* rewards of the payee's choice, and often
> involves some sort of public "thank you" (which I don't think I've
> *ever* seen with Patreon).
> Besides, I was thinking more along the lines of something that could
> integrate with other OSS tools (e.g. GitHub).
> I want a "proud sponsors" page. I want to be able to offer bounties for
> specific bugs or feature requests. (IOW, read the rest of my previous
> message that you didn't quote.)

FWIW I've done both Indiegogo/Kickstarter (i.e. one-time funding) and GitHub
Sponsors (recurring funding, perhaps unsurprisingly, integrated with GitHub)
with my project:


The problem with one-time fundings is that you usually need some tangible new
shiny feature to be funded, while - at least in my case - the area needing most
work is what's generally necessary but not very appealing to oudsiders (i.e.
general maintenance).

I offer physical rewards (like stickers/shirts) in return of longer recurring
contributions, though some things (e.g. t-shirts) I'll only order once.

I'm pretty sure there are other projects with some kind of reward - though not
necessary physical things, as those often are one-person projects where the
developer might not want the additional work.

Here are some more examples with Patreon FWIW:


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