So finally I'm starting to write something that will certainly end up being tagged as 'simpleyeteffective' or 'improvingtheworld', hopefully both is true.

There is to date no working revenue model and system for people contributing to open source projects. First of all I want to clearify that from my point of view, it's not about money creating free software, it's partially fun, maybe a result of paid work or simply a productive hobby, yet we are living in a world where money counts. So we are happily spending money for everything, while trying to fade out the fact that a lot of stuff we use in our daily lives ( and just be it some free and open source server software we don't use directly ) is a result of people working for free, out of idealism or whatever.

We need something to show those people our respect. While I've been donating like .. 3 times in my live ( each time about 2-5€ ), there are certainly people donating more, and people donating less or not at all. And it depends on how well a project is organised, a good marketing and mostly the project size, it's highly unlikely that a simple cli-tool meant to be used for just one specific task will be a vital target for money transfers.

So what about a pool, a common adress to receive donations with a ( fair, as far as possible ) system to distribute those amounts among active projects. I haven't thought about a precise system on how to split those amounts, yet I'm sure that capable people will be able to do so, in a fair manner, which is a cornerstone of this project.

Factors influencing the distribution could take e.g. project activity, team size, download counts etc. into account, although the different uses demand a highly customisable system.

What do you think about it ( Still hoping for comments ) ?