Many people use open source tools, whether its NUnit, Nant, Rhino, or log4net in their professional lives. If you use any of these tools, when was the last time you donated time and/or money to any of the open source tools you use? That's what I thought.
I was recently watching the Hibernating Rhinos from Ayende Rahien and I wanted to thank Oren. Right there on the Hibernating Rhinos page it reads:
I wanted to donate. Perhaps because the videos provided so much guidance from one of our industries finest. Perhaps because I've met Oren and generally think he's a good guy. Regardless, I donated some money. Not much, but some. Something to say, "thank you, I appreciate this.
Curious if other donate, I emailed Ayende to see what revenue, if any, his video series has generated. I wanted to know well the community was supporting a popular training tool. Here's the stats, lifted a few moments ago.
So how much has Oren received from this video series? Guess. Seriously. $125 since September 2007. From the stats above there have been 242,610 downloads of the videos. That breaks down to .000515 per download!!! As a community that's quite pathetic.
From here on I've resolved to donate a dollar any time I download a free library or webcast where a donate link is presented. Why $1? In all honesty it is something I can commit to. I download and use a lot of tools, so I don't want ongoing cost to hinder me. $1 is a token to say thanks, acknowledging the work that's been put into the product. I would challenge you to make a similar commitment for the tools you use. Let's show the author(s) of these tools/libraries that we do appreciate the work they do!
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