Robin Paulson robin.paulson at gmail.com
Mon Apr 21 09:24:39 CEST 2008

2008/4/21 Brandon Kruger <bmk789 at gmail.com>:
>  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.

the problem with paying a bounty for these sort of things, is that
progammers then end up competing against each other, so are less
inclined to share their part-way results, thus potentially slowing
down a solution to the problem

this was shown quite clearly a couple of years back, with the 'get
windows xp to boot on an intel mac'. there was iirc, a 10k+ prize fund
by the end, and it was a return to the bad old days of closed-source
programming. no community, no-one helping each other

if people want to donate money when they feel like it, in an
un-advertised way, that's great, but setting bounties gets a -1 from

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