Continuing the discussion from Sharing efforts and benefits with all Open Source projects:
Do you have any plans to make Janitor into a business? If Janitor becomes valuable enough for Discourse we would definitely put money into it. We do frequently make donations in the multiple thousands of $ to open source projects we rely on, but we prefer to actually be paying for a service.
Two quick examples:
We pay for Sidekiq Pro, not because we need it it but because we rely on the open source Sidekiq and want to help sustain it. This also gets us dedicated support should we ever need it.
We recently moved from Slack to Rocket.Chat. This is my favorite kind of quid pro quo, because we actually will be paying for their SAAS package (as soon as their beta ends). So we’re paying for simplicity (we don’t want to host RC ourselves) and we’re much more comfortable being on an open source platform with no lock-in.
So, donations is not out of the question, but even better would be a sustainable business model.