Thank you for your criticism, indeed you are right, so let me clarify:
1. The purpose:
Nope, I am not strictly targeting for money for ReactOS. I am actually targeting for publicity, and ultimately - manpower (developers, but not only). I think ReactOS needs help - and it should SAY IT. I believe ReactOS is an interesting project, but I think it needs more people. I mean not only developers. I know it is a bit rough around the edges, but I think therein, for some, lies a chance - you could develop the 100th music player for Linux or Windows, and it would not be very relevant. Linus did not get famous due to a music player. But what you could do for ReactOS may be highly valued even in 10 years. ReactOS now is, I would say, where Linux was in the mid-1990s. Yes, I am fully aware, many people will just take the T-shirts or cookies or whatever and never ever themselves contribute to ReactOS. But then, one day, they may tell a friend that they heard of that project - and that friend might grow interested.
The other idea is: start organising something, and develop some spirit of cooperation internally. I mean, I am not a fan of this attitude "we cannot do anything more, we do what we can, it is ready when it is ready, we are so few, we cannot change anything etc." that I observe at times. I want that efforts are done and BE SEEN to be done.
2. The methods:
I drew my inspiration actually from microfinancing, see e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microfinance
. In short, when the amounts of e.g. a credit are small, people are willing to repay credits. Cheating is just not worth for small amounts, having in mind the social pressure (own conscience, friends, society in general). - Here, I see the following: ReactOS as a whole does not really have a very organised financing structure; in another post I already criticised the methods of transferring money, and other forum members have criticised the intransparency of the effect of their donations. - Now my idea is: "repayment" here will be investment in an interest we all share. This interest here will be highly confined and the risk - small.
If you donate e.g. for some... lectury in the evening at some university's IT department, held by some ReactOS developer, naturally with free food and drink for all students that wish to attend - then you know exactly WHAT happened with your donation. It does not disappear somewhere for hosting costs with unclear final purpose (if a project fails, what good was its hosting?). - And I think such lectures would be perfectly possible, just talk to some professor, and moreover, some developers are students themselves, so maybe their efforts would be directly honoured by their university and make a good impression to their own professors.
3. My conclusion:
Now, let's make a computation: Let us assume, for 1000 Euro you get ONE idealistic developer - directly or indirectly (i.e, he did not attend, but a friend told him). I.e., five events for 200 Euro each were held, some people were interested, most jumped off again, and at the end, all you have is ONE developer. And he contributes for, say, 3 years. Then if you ask me, it is still extremely profitable for the project. Because if you have to pay some developer in cold hard cash, 1000 Euro are worth just one or two weeks of his time. Even if we assume ten events and 2000 Euro, this is still advantageous for ReactOS.