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Subject: Re: Proposal for Bounty to get Linux & Rockbox ported to the iPod Nano 4G and 5G

Re: Proposal for Bounty to get Linux & Rockbox ported to the iPod Nano 4G and 5G

From: Paul Louden <>
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2010 18:18:01 -0500

> Sorry about that, didn't read down that far on the etiquette section I
> guess.
> Anyhow, it appears this bounty thing is not going to work. Please forget I
> mentioned it.
It could work, but you need to approach it with a few specific thoughts:

1) Recognize that an awful lot of work has already been done, and
they've contributed it to the project for free. While you don't need to
acknowledge this financially, you gain a lot of goodwill by building a
donation to the project into the total to recognize their work.

2) Recognize that people are always going to object to bounties (and
ignore those).

3) Recognize that your financial structure delivers a message about what
you consider most important, but others may not (an idea might be to
allow people to donate toward the sub-projects as they see fit, rather
than having one pool that's divided by pre set amounts).

4) Try to avoid financial incentives *not* to work in certain areas if
you're setting up a constant pool. For example if you set the bounty for
Linux higher than Rockbox, you're also in some ways encouraging people
to pick it over working on Rockbox if all they're doing it for is the money.
Received on 2010-05-01

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