Thoughts on Open Source Bounties?
hans at fugal.net
Wed Jan 30 10:02:30 MST 2008
> Hi everyone,
> I'ld like to add an additional feature to an existing open source application.
> I had considered writing it myself, but to be frank, I'm getting quite
> lost in the API.
> It probably doesn't help that this feature would be of limited benefit
> to anyone but myself, and so my motivation just isn't as high as it
> could be.
> The feature addition should be fairly straight forward especially for
> someone more familiar with application itself and how the underlaying
> language (Perl) handles email.
> I'm curious to know if anyone has had any luck with open source
> bounties, or do you think it would be better to simply contract the
> work out?
> I'ld be willing to pay up to $500 to have the feature added since it
> would be a major convienence for me, but like I said, I think the mod
> probably has very limited applicability.
> p.s. If any good Perl programmers want to make a quick $500 for a day
> or so worth of work, on an open source project, please contact me off
> list, smorrey at gmail.com
As I see it, a bounty is just contracting the work out to
you-don't-know-who-yet. If you have someone who you know is likely to
take the contract than by all means go straight to him. If not, a bounty
is a possible way to find someone.
A bounty can possibly be cheaper, because you might not have personal
contacts with the people who already know the application inside out,
who might bite on your bounty. It would take them less time than a
programmer who hasn't looked at the source yet. OTOH, people offering
bounty often offer a laughably small amount for the task and then wonder
why the lazy slobs don't want to make a "quick" $50. I don't know if
that's the case in your situation - probably not since $500 is more
probable to actually be worth someone's time. Even if you are offering
enough, you may be offering more than enough which is great for the
bounty hunter and for you in the sense that it gets done (but maybe you
paid too much).
Hans Fugal ; http://hans.fugal.net
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