Is it appropriate to ask for donations on ones profile page? To me, it seems to be somewhat at odds with the goal of SO.

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    Apart from all that, that is an amazing contact form!
    – scrblnrd3
    Commented Feb 9, 2014 at 19:56
  • If I vote this question up, does that mean I feel that the "Donate" button is or is not appropriate? Commented Feb 9, 2014 at 19:58
  • Yeah it is! :-D Commented Feb 9, 2014 at 19:58
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    @MatthewLundberg: It means that you agree it should be discussed. Commented Feb 9, 2014 at 19:59
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    I'd like to say that people can put whatever they want in their profiles, but this does seem a bit... excessive.
    – Doorknob
    Commented Feb 9, 2014 at 20:03
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    It's perfectly okay. Let me look for the dupe...
    – Pekka
    Commented Feb 9, 2014 at 20:03
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    I think it's a little bit crass, but then I'm British, so I'm embarrassed talking about money :-) Commented Feb 9, 2014 at 20:10
  • @thecoshman 🍌 🍌 🍌 🍌 🍌 🍌 Commented Feb 24, 2014 at 13:59

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Yes. I believe it is.

There are very few places where you are allowed to advertise yourself or the product.

If people want to add donate buttons so people can donate them money if they helped them I think it's completely appropriate. It's not just that user, for example Gordon for example has an Amazon wishlist and that is appropriate as well.

That said:

  • The issue of allowing payment for quicker answers was discussed and there is a consensus that it's a bad idea.
  • You shouldn't ask for money on questions. Never, nor condition an answer on payment, or suggest it. That's not what this community is for.

Also, this is very similar to how it is allowed to promote your personal website, interests, favorite projects, tools and contracting & consulting services on your profile.


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