Subject: Re: Bounty for Bugs in Open Source Projects?
From: Laurent GUERBY <>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2005 21:38:55 +0200

This misses the point IMHO.

Free software gets written and FS bugs fixed even without
money directly involved. This is a fact, it might be hard
to grasp for some property obsessed economists, but they 
just have wrong theories.

You're talking about full costs, but bounties are not
here to cover full costs. They are here to provide
a small incentive to some FS developper to focus his/her skill
on the bounty problem instead of many other possible things.

Everyone benefits, even if the system is currently very small scale.


On Mon, 2005-04-18 at 12:21 -0400, Adam Turoff wrote:
> This is the root of another faulty assumption with bug bounties.
> Since one user won't spend $10,000 to fix a single bug, the middleman
> needs to find 500 users paying $20 each; bugs get fixed, developers
> get paid, everyone is happy.
> But if 500 users want to fix a single bug, chances are pretty good that 
> someone will just scratch that itch (or at least the itchiest part of
> that itch).  
> If only one user wants a single bug fixed, it'll probably cost ~$10,000
> to get a developer to fix it.  At that point, the user is probably
> better off contracting directly with a developer instead of going
> through a middleman who adds little to no value in the process.
> It's the old time-vs-money issue.  If it really matters to you to fix a
> bug, you'll pay.  If it's only worth $20, you're better off waiting, or
> finding a different solution entirely.
> -- Adam