Raising money for Haiku (and other Open Source projects) via NFTs
but we’re running a campaign to raise funds to be donated to Haiku (and PCLinuxOS this month)
I am not sure how this was brought up to Lunduke’s audience outside of this forum, but it kind of sucks how the wording makes it sound like a charity sale/fundraiser – not a “I’ll have a bunch of this go to my pocket and I’ll donate parts of it to Haiku”… or a straight forward “I will be managing the funds and pick where they get to go” instead of “this project is unaffiliated with Haiku, Inc.”. As far as real money is concerned and using the brand, it feels more sketchy than it should, but hey, we weren’t all born as public relations people and anyone willing to give a large sum of money should probably be careful enough to consider the consequences. I presume the motive to be good, so. Just me being skeptical.
[NFTs are] not worth the bad PR for a measily 5% of the transactions
(I am aware of the whole "you can’t crank up the percentage to 80% because you have to somehow sell this + minting costs, but that’s besides my point.)
As always, I’m assuming that the intentions here are good, but what’s stopping a third-party individual from coming up with tokens to support the development of open-source projects, under pretexts of altruism, and then going ahead and mismanaging the proceeds or saying that “a percentage will be donated” and retroactively making that said percentage considerably small? I could see this happening, especially after the recent wave of “open source needs more money” posts circulating around the circles that are also keen on cryptocurrency. It raises an entirely new type of governance issue. Haiku, Inc. may have to lay down some ground rules about this, as this could really blow up on our faces, as if the annoying resident trolls that actively alienate new people and the drama that recently surrounded Haiku wasn’t more than enough.
As far as my personal take on this is concerned, I believe that technology should be used to liberate us from scarcity and not reinforce it. Haiku is an operating system that stands out for being completely free, built by hobbyists and for working on considerably old hardware better than the top Linux distributions nowadays. If it’s here to stay, despite all of the scandals surrounding OpenSea and the amount of people stealing and reselling art from DeviantArt, then sure, whatever, but I wouldn’t want us to slap our label on top of it because I don’t think that our identity was ever considerably defined by what’s popular in the tech industry nowadays.
edit: opinion is not representative of the project or haiku, inc., i just poke around sometimes