I’ve been thinking about this funding of free software projects a lot. Sometimes people decide to do something because it helps a friend, not because they personally care about the software/feature. I was thinking maybe instead of just getting like 2cent pledges, people could do a birthday pledge, or some other kind of gift giving pledge (for any type of occasion where people normal give gifts). It would work like say a wedding registry or a baby shower registry type thing, where people would basically sign up to pledge a certain amount of money because “my friend wants that for their birthday” or something like that.
As a big bonus, it would encourage people to share snowdrift.coop with their friends to get an actually useful gift, rather than junk they don’t need (or worse yet proprietary software.)