The right way to ask users for help

I haven’t ever used MLKSHK but their appeal for peo­ple to help fund prod­uct devel­op­ment makes me want to contribute.

For $24 a year you get a site and ser­vice run by peo­ple who care about their com­mu­nity. We’re peo­ple who care about deliv­er­ing a good prod­uct and who are com­mit­ted to build­ing out the site for as long as there’s a com­mu­nity that cares about MLKSHK. We have an amaz­ing list of places we want to take the site but we won’t be able to do it if we can’t devote all our time to it. And to be clear, we’re not against get­ting money or fund­ing from the right peo­ple; we just want to be able to do MLKSHK the right way.

Just a bit of time spent pok­ing around the prod­uct shows that they really get it. The founders have put a lot of time, cre­ativ­ity, and per­son­al­ity into things and it shows.

There’s noth­ing wrong with ask­ing your com­mu­nity to help sup­port you and they’ve done it in a won­der­fully thought­ful way. Great stuff.

(via Gru­ber)


I won­der if Kick­starter would allow some­one to raise funds for an open source ver­sion of Kickstarter.