As most of you know, the internet is populated with people who provide an amazing variety of generosity in the form of on line FAQs, tips, hacks, scripts and related stuff totally free of charge. Characteristically, hackers (they’re the good guys -it’s “crackers” who do the not-nice stuff) provide free help as their way of giving back to the community -which is fabulous, don’t get me wrong. The thing is, so many of these people have gotten me out of a serious bend or two when I most needed it but there’s no way to thank them because they don’t take donations. For example, one of my favorite sites Learning Movable Type, doesn’t take donations but I think they should. Even Slashdot doesn’t take donations! I think these for-the-good-of-the-public sites should accept donations for their private charities. Maybe they don’t want donations but I think they should accept them on behalf of their favorite designated charity. Another site that’s been phenomenal for me over the past two days is DNSstuff since I’ve been weathering a nearly non-stop onslaught of trackback spam and they don’t take donations either. Likewise, there’s a whole cadre of people who develop hacks for Firefox, Movable Type, Php -you name it- to say nothing of humor sites and bulletin boards pertaining to diverse interests. All of these people should be accepting donations to be directly deposited into their designated charities coffers. I wish somebody would set something up to facilitate this and call it gift-hackers or charity-hackers or at least put up a button so people could give to that site’s designated favorite charity. Then maybe they could compete on another level; hackers with the highest donations.
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