At present the only method for users to donate to projects on Sourceforge is via and very small link to a PayPal donations page. Many people probably don't even see this link and not everybody likes to donate via PayPal.
I rarely go through the PayPal donation system if I see it on websites or here on Sourceforge. It is a cumbersome tedious process. However if I see a Flattr button on a page and I want to donate, I simply click the button and boom, I've donated.
Flattr is a micro payments service. Users pre-load some money into their Flattr account. They decide how much of this is to be shared out each month. They then browse the web, wherever they see a Flattr button, if the want to donate they just click the button and it is marked as a donation. At the end of the month the money the user has allocated in their Flattr account for the month is shared out evenly to all the Flattr button owners they have clicked on. This makes donating fast, easy and social. It is akin to 'Liking' something except it has some real monetary value. You can find out more about Flattr here https://flattr.com
There are already Twitter and Google+ buttons on the Sourceforge projects pages. Why not give projects owners the option to include a Flattr button on their project page and easily collect donations from happy software users. Flattr has also introduced a revenue share option for developers that integrate Flattr into their apps (https://flattr.com/partner)
If Flattr was on Sourceforge, I would be Flattr'ing every open source project I use here. Please consider this.
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