Thank the open source maintainers you depend on! 🙌✨

"Put your money where your love is." – The Grateful Dead

Open source maintainers do the work that makes our awesome apps, websites, and projects possible! Many authors devote countless hours to open source. Let's help out authors and make the software we rely on healthier at the same time!

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Hey everyone! 🙌 I just released a neat little tool you can use with npm (the package manager for Node.js). It's called `thanks` and it helps you donate to the open source maintainers you depend on! ✨ Here's how to use it: 1. Run `npx thanks` in your Node.js project 2. See which of your dependencies are seeking donations! 💸 🌟 If you're an open source author, add yourself to the list so people will know you're seeking donations for your open source work: I'm really excited by the opportunity to solve the crisis of "open source sustainability". If you haven't heard here's the tldr: "Our modern society—everything from hospitals to stock markets to newspapers to social media—runs on software. But take a closer look, and you’ll find that the tools we use to build software are buckling under demand." – Nadia Eghbal (from Lots of the open source that we use to build the awesome products that we share on Product Hunt every day are in dire need of help. We need more people to maintain code and triage issues. But also more funding so we can justify spending more time on open source instead of working for clients/working at traditional jobs. I know maintainers who even need funding to feed/shelter themselves (this is not an exaggeration). We have a lot more work to do. `thanks` is just one attempt to help, but it's only the beginning. For now, take a look and see if any of the software you depend has authors who are seeking donations to continue their work. Happy hacking!
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@feross I love the idea!
@feross This is awesome <3
@vesln @imkmf Thanks – means a lot to hear that!
@feross Awesome idea! I'm not a JS person so I you inspired me to build a Golang equivalent! :)
@southclaws Nice work! You should tweet this out! I'll reshare it :)
This is wonderful. What a nice thing 💖
@barnabybones Thanks Jeremy. Support OSS ❤️

So wholesome, so awesome, and as a dev relying on open source packages, extremely useful and eye-opening— I discovered multiple devs that I use 100s of packages from!


Well implemented, super straightforward, and eye-opening



This makes me happy to hear. ✨ It is indeed quite eye-opening the first time you run the tool! Many people have had exactly the same reaction as you – shock at just how much they depend on the work of specific individuals (or teams) in the community. 💪
Oh wow I love this!
This is great! Thank you