The past year I have been registering shareware and donating to most of the software projects and sites that I frequently use under Windows, Mac, and Unix. I started wondering if there was a way an individual user can contribute easily to the Atari Software Community? I am talking about being able to donate to support Atari related Web Sites, Developers, etc. Very few sites have a Donate Button or an obvious way to donate some money to them. For example donating to ARANYM, AFROS, EmuTOS, FreeMiNT, SpareMiNT, Highwire, XaAES, Hatari, (add your other favorite Atari site or software here), etc.
Reason for me wondering is that I am aware that the number of Atari Enthusiasts and developers is dwindling as the years go on. Many if not all are doing it for the love of the platform, challenge, enjoyment and obviously not the money. Hosting Sites and bandwidth isn't free. Besides saying Thank You to the Developers and Site Administrators is to give them some money so that they can continue. Obviously none will be able to quit their day job but hopefully pay part if not all of their Hosting Fees and if lucky a few Dollars or Euros left over for a cup of coffee.
Over in the MorphOS Community (Amiga Clone OS) www.meta-morphos.org/
they have a couple of Support the Developer Donation Drives a year. The first drive in 2014 netted 41 Euros per developer. www.meta-morphos.org/viewtopic.php?topic=1294&forum=62
The second drive in 2014 netted 35 Euros per developer. On these drives the developer Opts In to the program and then splits the total raised equally among the developers in that fund raising drive.
This happens to work out real well for MorphOS because the Operating System is commercial and these are Independent Developers working on individual projects. For almost all the Atari related projects currently they are Open Source and in the example of FreeMiNT about a dozen active developers. If something along the lines of this type of program would be implemented in the Atari Community then possibly Project Web Sites can be included into the Donation Pool. Another option could be that Individual Developers and Site Administrators could be in the Donation Pool. Neither option is perfect. The first option helps support the Web Sites directly and the second option supports the individual developer and Admins who may or may not be working on multiple projects. Maybe an annual Drive for each method 6 months apart? I know that there are Software Bounties on other platforms but I don't recall ever seeing one for an Atari software project. Maybe this could be an option for very specific projects. I didn't even bring up the administrating of a project like this. That is whole other discussing.
I'm just throwing out my thoughts here if this is even possible to do in the community. The remaining Atari related sites and projects in my opinion are worth continuing. There must be a decent way to financially support our developers and sites. I will also post this question in a couple of Atari Forums for community discussion. If anybody has a better idea how we can Thank and Support our Atari Sites and Developers please comment on the forums.
I know I can donate to this Site I found that thread in the Forums here.