Thanks for the viewpoint Henning. This is actually a good chance to open some discussion about right uses of hledger's project funds, which is useful as I want to more actively manage project finances this year.
Here are a few other ways to look at it:
1. Supporting the hledger project can mean giving money to the hledger project for it to use as it sees fit. General project donations are not specifically for coding, eg. (There are probably various descriptions on various donation forms of what they are for, which we could analyse..)
2. Allocating a small portion of our assets to worthy causes now and then could be something the hledger project does, like many other FOSS projects. Some possible reasons:
- one way of "giving back" for the benefits we enjoy that enable us to do our thing
- assisting our current and potential Ukrainian and Russian contributors and their families
- participating in global efforts to minimise humanitarian crisis, escalation and nuclear war (all "bad for the project")
- we feel moved to do it
3. I have tried to position the OpenCollective funds as "project's money", unlike personal donations sent directly to me. And I have lots of great plans for how we can explore this further. But technically and in the "real world", that's a fiction; I control it and I'm pretty sure I owe the IRS taxes on it. :-/ Also, I have yet to take any of it to cover project expenses since 2006, or a personal "salary", but that's maybe a good idea and overdue. So if the project were against this, I could maybe compensate myself and then do it as a personal donation. Either way, of course it's good to be clear about what we decide.
Currently it's 3 for (on chat, including me) and 1 against.