Lobste.rs is just about the only tech news site I bother with anymore. I enjoy it greatly.
However, lobste.rs is almost certainly a money-losing operation. Would the Powers That Be be interested in a Patreon for lobste.rs? Or some other mechanism to ensure that the infrastructure is paid for? I’d be willing to kick over some monthly consideration.
I know that the “flavor” of the site would be lost if it became a for-profit venture, but I suppose excess money beyond the cost of infrastructure and some buffer could be (as a suggestion) donated to free software projects/charities.
I did a quick search of old stories and I don’t see anything mentioning this sort of thing specifically. I do, though, I have a vague memory of someone suggesting it a while back so forgive me if this is a repost.