The reason I don't have a "suggested amount" is that not only do I feel bad enough asking for donations in the first place, but also that (as Kyle has inferred) the community is full of people strapped for cash right now (myself included), and I don't want people to feel awkward if they can't afford or just feel disinclined to donate. I offered to refund Kyle's kind donation but he refused. Certainly a small donation from everyone who uses the software (and I have no idea what the numbers are, but it's reasonable to suppose we're talking about most people who bought a SIDE or SIDE2 and an Ultimate 1MB or Incognito, unless they wrote their own firmware and partitioning tools or use nothing but the SIDE loader) would be a wonderful thing, but a donation button is no more than an invitation to assist: at the end of the day, the software is free to download and use. I pushed the donation thing in the recent documentation a little because having worked at a relaxed pace on the revised APT toolkit since last November, after Marius approached me about non-working ATRs and such in February, I did a solid three week coding stint (late nights, etc) to get things sorted out and it didn't always feel like I was having fun.
However, having undertaken a task, I'd feel bad about not seeing it through to the end.
So - it's hard to feel insulted when someone backs up verbal praise with cash, no matter what the amount. I have a list of developers to whom I'm determined to show support the instant I'm able. Of course, I'd worry about donation amounts too, but I'm sure other developers are as realistic as I am.
For the record, I've received four donations since and relating to the APT update, and one was from an OEM. I can say that the total amount received was sufficient to cover my annual website hosting bill twice over, and I am immensely appreciative of that.
Edited by flashjazzcat, Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:41 AM.