do you think a bounty for software can work?
there's an app that a community has been clamoring for for, literally, years, that just hasn't been fully implemented. it's been attempted at least twice, (one open source, one closed) with ~90% functionality implemented. After the initial rush of coding, what remains are tiresome boundary cases, that never get around to completion. I thought if people pooled into a reasonable bounty (a few hundred $, max $1000), it might sweeten the pot and lure out programmers already interested in the project.
I use donationcoder programs (desktop coral ftw) and I initially immediately thought about posting it up as a donationcoder idea, but ultimately felt it was too big/unwieldy. Ironically, though, i came across a post on the donationcoder forums (http://www.donationc...ndex.php?topic=503.0
) which pointed me to fundable.org, a site which could manage the fund-raising portion of the bounty.
But I still have doubts, especially after reading about a disastrous $30,000 bounty involving the GIMP project (http://dneary.free.fr/gimp_bounties.html
). I think the big critiques of bounties is it that they create a mercenary feel and take away the fun of coding a project, which is a problem because you're still reliant on programmers being naturally interested in the project unless you can raise the obscene $ to pay for an actual contract programmer.
Finally, if this goes live, would there be any objection to posting about the bounty on donationcoder? I know for a fact that people would be interested in the topic as donationcoder already has one program directly related to it. All the other community-oriented bounty sites are dying/dead, and sites like rent-a-coder are too commercial. Besides if cash is to be spent, it may as well be spent among friends