The Rust Analyzer extension for VS Code has 121k+ installs. Despite this, the Rust Analyzer project has only 13 GitHub sponsors, and is falling well short of a (very reasonable) funding goal. Obviously, getting a few corporate sponsors to step up would very easily reach the goal, but I think the community engagement of having many individual sponsors would also be good for the project.
Is it worth considering a lower tier, similar to what Homebrew and other OSS projects offer (4–5 USD/month)? It is true that, given the option, most individual sponsors will take the lowest available tier. However, with so few people sponsoring, the net gains of simply getting more people on board might make it worthwhile. The 20+ USD tiers could still be encouraged by offering prioritization of issues or other support.
Here is an example of a Github action that will label issues coming from sponsors. Even these little subconscious reminders have some impact, even if there is no official policy connected to them at the start.
Sponsors already get a badge next to their name
True, but I was thinking of something that would be prominently visible when scrolling the issue/PR list.
most of our sponsors are on OpenCollective, so I don't know about giving special treatment to GitHub sponsors
Ah, good point—all sponsors should definitely be given equal benefit.
But I think that gets back to my original post: Why is the minimum contribution on Open Collective 5 EUR, but the minimum contribution on GitHub sponsors is 20 USD?
I think I'd prefer GitHub sponsors instead of OpenCollective because I get charged a $1-$2 foreign transaction fee every month on OC. However, there is no $30 tier on GitHub. I think it would make sense to have more tiers on GitHub, like $5, $10, $20, and $30.