@jepsen Do you think your sponsors would influence how you cover a database? I don't see a difference between a lot of separate parties sponsoring you, vs one company sponsoring a review of their product. In fact, I think the former is better.
I"d love to see more pro bono work, there's some smaller players out there for whom the cost of your work might be quite high.
@rior I'm serious about Jepsen's independence, and do my best to be rigorous regardless of funding, but there could be subconscious influences there. This is also why I don't accept equity compensation--trying to keep conflicts to a minimum. If I offer voting on "pro-bono" analyses in exchange for sponsorship, then that introduces a direct conflict.
@rior The problem is that like... when people talk about donations they usually mean $5 or 10/mo. Jepsen's standard contract rate is four orders of magnitude higher than that.
@jepsen I think that developers that generate substantial income trough Github sponsors often provide software to their sponsors that they directly benefit from. Your research is invaluable to the people actually using the databases you deliver, but the most gain is made by the company making the database. 1/2
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