So I guess I can have all my GitHub Sponsors donations go through Open Collective, which would result in Open Collective taking 10% of the money that my sponsors are paying me.
My question is... how does this benefit me as an open source maintainer of a project with a bus factor of one?
Near as I can tell Open Collective's big selling point is that it offers accountability in how money is spent. So am I supposed to log how many hours it takes me to work on a particular feature and then create an invoice on Open Collective that I can use to withdrawal funds?
If someone wants to pay me $100 / hr or so I'll log my hours with glee, however, I'm not logging my hours for $10 / month.
Or maybe I'm supposed to set a dollar amount for a given feature? If it's a feature that takes all of 5m to implement it seems like it'd be excessive red tape to create an invoice and if it's a feature that takes 6 months to implement... I mean, I guess I could create an invoice for $60 ($10 / month) but idk it just seems like a lot of red tape unless you're making enough money to justify 1040-ES's.
If you had multiple developers making substantive contributions I could see it being more meaningful in that it could provide transparency in how the funds are being distributed. But with my bus factor of one project all the donations to my project go to me.