You can now use Basic Attention Token (BAT) to tip developers directly for any specific contribution or issues raised on GitHub.
Users no longer need to search for someone’s BTC address to send a tip as the functionality has now been incorporated into GitHub itself. With a simple click, you can tip developers directly for their work.
GitHub adds BAT tips
BAT is an Ethereum token that powers the Brave blockchain-based digital advertising platform.
According to the Brave blog, the update to add BAT tipping to GitHub was released in late August.
Now, any GitHub user can simply create a Brave Browser account to receive BAT tips or tip others with BAT.
The benefits of tipping
Since platforms like YouTube, Medium, and Patreon appeared, more people have been able to create content that goes directly to the public with fewer intermediaries.
Now that people can use their cryptocurrency to directly fund developers for their work, we could potentially see more people contributing to open-source projects.
Twitter tipping with BAT is here! @brave desktop browser users can enable Brave Rewards and click the “tip” button on each tweet to send @AttentionToken directly to the author of the tweet for an amount of their choosing. #TipWithBravehttps://t.co/rs0I4nSqyY
— BasicAttentionToken (@AttentionToken) August 1, 2019
GitHub users can now simply click on an icon to learn about BAT and tipping with cryptocurrencies. This addition could therefore create a brand new funding channel for cryptocurrency developers.
In essence, work can be directly incentivised by cryptocurrency users, which seems to be one of the goals of decentralisation: to enable new, exotic funding methods and business models.