Let's get open source maintainers paid ✨
This is an open source funding experiment! The current model of sustaining open source is not working. We desperately need more experimentation. This is one such experiment.
npm install funding
This is an open source funding experiment! ✨
Whenever users install open source software, this package will display a message from a company that supports open source. The sponsorship pays directly for maintainer time. That is, writing new features, fixing bugs, answering user questions, and improving documentation.
The goal is to make sure that packages are well-maintained now and for the foreseeable future, with regular releases, improved reliability, and timely security patches. Healthy open source packages benefit users and maintainers alike.
You can take a look! All the code is open source in this GitHub repository. Essentially, it calls
console.log()on some text. There is no tracking or data collecting — and it will always stay this way. You can look at the code to verify – indeed, this is the beauty of open source!
This experiment is currently running on a few open source projects that Feross maintains:
Hey there, I'm Feross!
I wrote and maintain several popular browserify + webpack ecosystem packages like buffer (38M downloads/month) and safe-buffer (64M downloads/month). Some of my favorite npm packages that I've written are simple-get (4M downloads/month), run-parallel (1.6M downloads/month), and simple-peer (32K downloads/month).
My goal with this experiment is to make StandardJS healthier. If we learn that the experiment works, perhaps we can help make all open source healthier, too. For complex reasons, companies are generally hesitant or unwilling to fund open source directly. When it does happen, it's never enough and it never reaches packages which are transitive dependencies (i.e. packages that no one installs explicitly and therefore no one knows exists). Essentially, we have a public good which is consumed by huge numbers of users, but which almost no one pays for. Fortunately, there exists a funding model that usually works for public goods like this – ads. The goal of this experiment is to answer the question: Can we use ethical ads – ads that don't track users or collect data – to fund open source software?
The funds raised so far ($2,000) have paid for Feross's time to release Standard 14 which has taken around five days. If we are able to raise additional funds, the next thing we'd like to focus on is out-of-the-box TypeScript support in StandardJS (one of the most common feature requests!) and modernizing the various text editor plugins (many of which are currently unmaintained).
You can open an issue. But please be kind. I'm a human with feelings. ❤️
Just to be super clear: This package does no tracking or data collecting — and it will always stay this way. It's just a fancy
If you support open source through direct contributions, donations, or however else you see fit, you can permanently silence
fundingby adding an environment variable
OPEN_SOURCE_CONTRIBUTOR=trueto your terminal environment.
fundingalso respects npm's
loglevelsetting, so e.g.
npm install --silentand
npm install --quietwill be respected.