Re: Bug Fixing, Inc.

Subject: Re: Bug Fixing, Inc.
From: Martin Sevior (
Date: Wed Jun 20 2001 - 20:36:18 CDT

Hi Jesper,
          I was think about a similar scheme in order to address
refrequent requests for things like a Word Perfect importer. Now I
couldn't care less about this for myself except that a lot of users want

I know that it will very hard work even though the file format is well

One possibility would be a paypal system like that at Mandrake. Choose a
project to sponsor and Mandrake *says* they will pay someone to work on

I like your idea better in that the money is only delivered after the bug
is closed.



On Wed, 20 Jun 2001, Jesper Skov wrote:

> Hm, I've just been looking around for online micro/macro payment
> schemes, wondering if it would be possible to let users pay for having
> specific bugs fixed in a reasonable timeframe at their request.
> I kind of like, but haven't really looked too much into the
> details (there was something about a 100$ deposit fee that I didn't
> see appear in the quick fee overview).
> Problem with this and other online payment mechanisms like it is that
> they don't work well with what I imagine is needed:
> o someone opens a task description
> o people are able to escrow(?) payment
> o whoever completes the task collects the money
> If there's not enough money to catch developer interest, kill the task
> and people get their money back. On the other hand, if someone starts
> working on the task, he's assured payment at the end.
> I think this is what source-exchange (or the other similar site)
> did. Too bad we can't do something similar. We need a trusted 3rd
> party to maintain the pot(s) of money.
> If you are wondering why I've been looking for this, it's simply
> because it was a neat idea for improving the pace of AbiWord
> development while allowing active developers to earn a bit of money on
> the side. I don't imagine anyone could get rich, or even live, of this
> just yet :)
> Jesper

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