Has there ever been any discussion about setting up something like a legal or medical fund that could help out MetaFilter users unable to afford? Or perhaps a broader MetaFilter hardship fund?
posted by doublehappy to MetaFilter-Related at 3:38 AM (96 comments total)
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We use the phrase "lawyer up" on AskMe often enough but I don't know too many people with the time or resources to bring a claim even when they appear to be in the right. And I imagine the recent search through San Francisco could have done with a little financial support, if only to reimburse the searchers for travel, for example. Then there are tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes, and whatever else might befall us.
I'm not suggesting this be something that fully funds someone's legal team or house rebuild but I know I can probably afford to redirect a McDonald's combo or two the way of the hive each week and (perhaps selfishly) I'd feel less helpless watching something bad unfold. It'd also be nice to know that even when we're arguing about Ayn Rand's rewrite of Game of Thrones we've got each other's backs.
Is this something that would be hideously unworkable or unsustainable due to trust, scope, jurisdiction issues, etc.? Anyone want to try it anyway?