Here are some thoughts on backing tiers for maintainers on OC.
For starters, the base should not be a sponsorship. This is very much backing a maintainer, supporting them in having time available to maintain code over time, review issues, and so on. It is a vote to say “thank you for building and sharing this” and “please have time to keep spending time on this”.
For individuals, we want to keep the price at a no brainer level. $5 / month or $50 / year. Possibly only $50 / year to keep transactions and costs low?
Should this vary by complexity? eg a plugin vs a custom app?
These business backer tiers
$50 / month or $500 / year
$100 / month or $1000 / year
Sponsorship is a different thing where the buyer is getting different things of value.
This shouldn’t be contracting. This is a direct channel to the maintainer as well as associating the company as a highly public supporter of the project.
Logos and links on README / website? Anything else?
Two tiers? Maybe the higher tier is one live call per month?
Is there any tension between backers and sponsors?
$500 / month or $5000 / year
$1000 / month or $10K / year