Heikki Sørum heikkis at matnat.uio.no
Mon Apr 21 08:18:02 CEST 2008

God evening to you a/All. I'd agree that some types of "tip a
programmer" has some problems. It's been tried before and i think it
failed miserably.(At least languishes in obscurity).
But on the other hand, there might be a hidden gem inside the proposal.
Google's Summer of Code has proven to work, right?

So the alternative proposal is:
We create a community fund where people donate money. Each year
interested programmers send in a project description in the same manner
as Google summercode. Then openmoko and the community together 
select a number of such projects based in need and viability before the
community gets to vote on their priority. How many such projects get
funding will depending on how much the fund has accumulated during the
last year. Idealy we should empty the fund each year to ensure that
most of the money get spent on community projects.  After all, economics
has shown that money at 'work' generates far more long term interest
than money in the bank. ;)

sincerly, Heikki Soerum.

Den Sun, 20 Apr 2008 20:29:01 -0400
"Nick Guenther" <kousue at gmail.com> skrev:

> On Sun, Apr 20, 2008 at 8:19 PM, Brandon Kruger <bmk789 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >  This "tip a programmer" idea is very interesting.  What does the
> > community think about setting up a site where people can say "We'll
> > each donate x amount once y feature is integrated" or something of
> > the sort.  This way, Openmoko can see what features are most
> > important to the community and the community would be able to
> > donate to OM to help develop and research future products.
> >
> No, don't do this! For one, the overhead of managing that is and
> making sure all the details are fair to everyone is too much for what
> it'll pull in. For two, it'll mean that features get implemented, but
> not implemented well, and the coverage of features will be to the
> preferences of whoever (linux-land hacker, remember) pays the most,
> instead of what this phone needs to succeed commercially.
> Seriously, stay on track guys.
> -nick

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