Jeff Chandler notes in ‘Is WordPress A Thankless Community?‘ that:
Over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend. Many of the plugin authors I have spoken with throughout the community tell me that very rarely do they ever get a donation let alone a Thank You for releasing their work to the public. Based on the plugin authors feedback, end users demand more features, demand better support, and in the end, have this feeling of entitlement even if the plugin is available without a price tag.
I don’t know about you, but every every plugin author I have used their plugin for over three days, I have donated to. [Wow, that’s really bad sentence construction, isn’t it?]
That includes Ozh, Alex King, and several others whose names don’t immediately spring to mind. (yes, it’s 10:45 on Friday night and I’m too lazy to click on my ‘plugins’ tab).
I guess what I’m saying is, let’s support the hard working programmers out there. Even if it’s ‘free as in beer.’ We’re a community, not a bunch of parasites, OK?