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Raymond outlines his reasons for refusing donations on the ublock wiki, if anyone is curious: https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/wiki/Why-don't-you-accept-...

One thing he (rightfully) points out is that the real power of ad-blocking solutions comes from the community-maintained blocking lists. In theory one could manually block every url they run across, but in practice we can use these tools (or a tool like pi-hole) almost effortlessly.

Can't he just accept donations while also maintaining the same 'no expectation' attitude ?

Isn't it what donation is ?

on the other hand, political "donations"

Or just simply called donation

In theory I could do every computation my CPU does, but I don't want to.

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