Bountysource Team Funds

Simon Steinbeiß simon at
Tue Jul 29 11:05:41 CEST 2014

Hey everyone,

after less than a week, here goes a quick update on Bountysource. Partly I'm doing this so it's easier to understand how things work with the platform.

So far we have two bugreports with bounties on them, you can see those on the issues page[1]. The fact that anyone can put a bounty on a bug doesn't mean at all that there'll be someone who implements it or that the developer/maintainer of that component merges it. This is important to mention in order not to create false expectations on the users'/backers' side. On the other hand, it is important for developers to know that the integrity of how they run their projects is left untouched.

We also have received generous donations for the team, in total $325[2]. This means that everybody in the developer community who has a bountysource account and has been added to the team can spend the money. (I haven't set any spending limits.)
I suggest that there would be at least brief discussions on the mailinglist or IRC before putting bounties on bugs – ideally there'd be some sort of strategy or idea behind it (e.g. we want to port to Gtk3, let's spread the money on projects that need to be ported but don't have a regular maintainer anymore). Anyhow, this process is obviously up for discussion.

I'll be doing more word-spreading over the next weeks, feel free to join in!

[2] Kudos go to our #1 contributor of the last 12 months and the founder of bountysource! \o/

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