[asterisk-dev] Bounty Posts
voip at facts.com.au
Tue Jan 22 00:05:14 CST 2013
On 22/01/13 05:31, Tilghman Lesher wrote:
> Bounties honestly make no sense whatsoever on any list. By
> definition, a bounty is an amount of money less than the cost of
> developing a feature, such that only with a number of people posting
> additional monetary support for such a feature will it reach someone's
> threshold for spending the time to develop that feature. On the other
> side of that, I've developed features for others for free, for no
> other reason than the problem interested me. So in either case, the
> posting of the bounty makes no immediate difference to anyone as to
> whether a feature is developed or not. What makes more sense is a
> clearinghouse of some sort, where people wanting features post them,
> along with how much they're willing to pay to see said feature
> developed, and as soon as a number of people post enough to fund that
> request, it gets taken up by somebody. Or contrarily, the feature is
> added by somebody who is interested in the problem but isn't motivated
> by the money.
> A list generally has an immediacy to it that simply doesn't meld with
> the patience required (time for others to add to the bounty) for the
> first type of developer and is utterly irrelevant to the second.
Just my two cents worth, but I don't think you can take a commercial
economic approach to this question.
I don't think the bounty is meant to cover the cost of development, but
to be an incentive to prioritize it. I see nothing wrong with being
provided a cash (or beer) incentive to do a bit of work that may have
been done freely anyway.
If the request is to get people to contribute to the bounty, sure -biz,
but if someone wants to incentivise a coder, this is probably the better
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