This sounds like a great thing.
but looking at the state of the “Current Year™” with its deplatforming shenanigans, and the deep corporate involvement in all corners of the internet, I forsee this being a shitshow.
Things that will definitely happen:
Projects made by devs who have committed “Wrongthink™” or projects using the wrong code of conduct will be financially harassed via charge-backs or smear campaigns to get their funding cut. A fork of the same software + “correct” code of conduct/philosophy will be made, and funds will go there.
Reverse engineered/legally grey projects that get funded will get nuked from orbit by whatever company is buttmad about it, and cause major headaches for github for allowing them to be paid, which will probably affect other projects (site wide payment processing put on hold)
Also guaran-fucking-teed to happen: shitty rebranded fork of good but obscure project with no changes except malware/tracking bullshit integrated into it will roll in the cash and the original project won’t get a penny.
bonus Vantablack blackpilled take:
leaving donation links should be an option… but patreon/game-ifying open source software will, in the long run, probably frustrate people and push them away and possibly kill old-but good projects.
-final edit, then i’m leaving this depressing chain of thought.
github sort of fit the unix “do one thing, and do it well” idea.
hosting source for teams/projects, tracking bugs… that was great.
They’re expanding it into different territory now, crowdfunding.
i’m sure they’ll eventually take a cut, to help turn a profit, understandable considering all the free projects they’re hosting.
But its opening them up to legal issues and will wind up making them have to set new policies (projects are on their own if they break copyright,etc).
Microsoft has been doing a lot of smart things the past few years, maybe they can pull it off without shitting things up, but i can’t not press X to doubt.