There's still a lot to be worked out.OrR, as I said in the first post, this is still in idea form - but obviously given the support the thread has, and the support for a better and more functional media player, i'm going to have to consider getting this Bounty Project up and running. We still havn't had any volunteers by a gp2x guru to handle the donation side of things, so unless that's sorted, or people don't trust me to do it, then nothing can go ahead i'm afraid.
First, as I have stated previously, I actually favor a pledge system backed up with personal information as opposed to an escrow. Note that in a pledge system it would not be allowed to retract a pledge, just that the money wouldn't have to be paid until the bounty conditions were met.
But whatever way it is done, any particular bounty needs a lot more than we have now before it can even really exist:
1: Clear success criteria. You can't just say "great controls and options" unless you appoint somebody to judge what is "great" who is going to be trusted by both a hardworking developer and the people putting up their cash.
2: A method of deciding when the success criteria are met.
3: A method of dealing with (2) when weird things occur like judges dying or whatever.
We're a long ways away from being stuck on figuring out who should hold the money -- weeks at least.
Yes, good point, I should have included the finer details in the other thread - i'll see if I can update it tonight.
This should really be a team project. I think we'd need the following:
A developer with good programming knowledge, and two other "judges", as well as people willing to be backups if anyone went AWOL. Experience and knowledgable GP2X users would be essential. Program criteria should be discussed on a case by case basis with other team members, and also with the community when discussing the likely bounty candidate. The only problem I see is team communication, I supose it could be done with a live chat program like MSN messenger, but it'd be great if there as a member-only forum section where matters could be discussed with the entire group, as e-mail wouldn't do well in this situation, and nor would live chat if one member or two were offline.
I totally agree with your pledges idea, and backing it up with contact details is a good idea, but i'm still a little concerned that people arn't going to follow through with it once the bounty is sent to the developer - what if people made pledges just to get the program developed? Or gave fake contact information? Unless there was an authority on this forum who could punish those who falsely make pledges, I wouldn't feel very secure with this method. It just wouldn't work if a developer got shortchanged when the bounty is due.
I guess to summarize: without forum moderator support or a member-only forum section, it's going to be quite difficult turning this into a success. I'm going to need support from quite a few people if this is going to work.
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