Subject: Re: Bug Bounties. Making $ from bugzilla.
From: burton@openprivacy.org (Kevin A. Burton)
Date: 25 Nov 2001 16:19:06 -0800

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Ian Lance Taylor <ian@airs.com> writes:

> "Jonathan S. Shapiro" <shap@eros-os.org> writes:
<snip>

> The problem I see with payment for bug fix is that the amount that people are
> willing to pay is generally much less than the cost of fixing the bug.  $20
> buys 30 minutes of my time.  People who are willing to pay the real amount it
> costs to fix a bug probably aren't willing to pay it to some random person;
> they would prefer to pay it to somebody whom they trust, somebody with whom
> they have a contractual arrangement, somebody who will provide future support
> for the fix.

Scalability.  This system allows people to scale in numbers.

Allow people to vote with their dollars.  If you think a bug is
important... contribute $10 to see if fixed...

My thoughts are that:

- - if you don't report the problem
- - don't help test the fix
- - don't create the fix

... you have no right to complain since you are using Free Software.

With the Bug Bounty system there is a 4th option.  Contribute $ to promote a
potential fix.

Kevin

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