1. 2022

    Giving Back

    Yeah, I’m just running with the most cliché possible title for this post.

    One of the things I’ve always liked about Stack Overflow is their “Stack Gives Back” program. Each December, they donate some amount of money to open-source software projects that the Stack Exchange sites use, as well as to five or so charities with the allocation chosen by the site moderators. I always thought that was a really nice thing to do: when you benefit from the work of volunteer open-source developers, it’s only fair to support them if you have the means to do so. And back when I was a moderator on Physics Stack Exchange, it was nice to be effectively given the choice of where to donate $100 so I could support organizations that were meaningful to me, especially at times when I couldn’t really justify making a donation from my own money.

    So now that I have the means, I’m going to do my own round of “giving back”. In the past few days I’ve made donations to the following projects:

    • €50 to KDE, the desktop environment that I use every day at home and work and the …