More like the opposite, people who want to donate directly donate to the spriter. I didn't keep up of the whole topic but if this is mostly aimed at Sean, I'm pretty sure we can all trust him, not to mention we've done it before (when someone started commissioning him for something but couldn't finish the funding, and Sean posted about it, and everyone pitched in)
All this need is one poll to agree on a character, then we make sure enough people are interested in that character (some people might be willing to throw some bucks but then change their mind if it's a character they don't care for), and then we ask him, and then everyone pitches in. No middleman.
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