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A weblog authored by Carthik about the latest in the WordPress world.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Bounties for WordPress Development

Filed under: Uncategorized — Carthik @ 11:49 pm

There’s a bounty of $1000 for WordPress that’s wedged on whether WordPress gets released before, or on Valentine’s Day.

Towards that end, we are offering a BOUNTY for the release of WordPress 1.5 .That’s right – we will pay CASH (paypal donations) towards the development of specific milestones and special initiatives taken on by the WP dev team and individual WP users.

We will donate up to $1000.00 to WordPress.Org if WP 1.5 is finished by Valentine’s Day.

Bounties are welcome, and will help the project, but Multi-blogging in 1.5 ? That’s pushing it too far. Remember, WordPress 1.5 is already beta, and it’s not too long before it is released. There are a few kinks and bugs to be resolved, and some more testing needs to take place.

It’s great that people seem to have a lot of plans to make money using/for WordPress, but let’s not lose the spirit here. WordPress is in a strange situation – being a Open Source project, along the lines of other *nix based projects, and a truly global cross-platform application which is popular in it’s niche. A lot of the users and the community members are not essentially committed to open source software as a way of lifeuse a non-free Operating System and the concomitant tools. Even if they were, they may not be too familiar with what can usually be expected of such projects, how things work, etc. Sometimes when I read about the problems associated with beta testing, and some of the complaints, I am given to thinking that it is a case of gross over-reaction – but then when I remember that the profile of the average WordPress user is not that of a Linux/FreeBSD user, I understand why the complaints arise. The WordPress project is very personal and intimate to many of it’s users, and that’s what makes the community special. The project is responsive to users and there seems to be less of a “gap” between users and developers. One only needs to look at other such projects to find some to compare WordPress to (Azureus?, FireFox?, others?).

It would help us all to remember that this is a voluntary project still, and no amount of money or complaining will make it otherwise. Pressuring the developers, or the community at large, will have little effect. That said, I am confident that the developers are concerned about releasing 1.5. One only needs to look at the changelog at the bugtracker, or subscribe to the CVS mailing list to see the number of bug-fixes that are being committed daily.

I will not trackback that post here, and I think not many members of the community would do that either – not because we don’t need the money, but because there always seems to be someone else in the community who seems to have put it so much more effort than one’s self, for so little, that it would seem immodest to stake a claim as being an important contributor. In my eyes, no one person invovled in a project like this is more important than the others – speaking in an absolute sense. In a relative, subjective sense, yes, there are people that I respect more than others. I have my favourite developers, users, documentors and #wordpress hang-outers. If I had a thousand dollars, I would gladly send gifts to these individuals, without advertising it, perhaps.

Since they are looking for suggestions – the best way to influence the development of WordPress in the future is to not try too hard to influence the direction and leave it to the collective wisdom of the users and the developers. Huge bounties such as this one may work, but then again (more likely) will not work, since money is not the primary motivator. Smaller bounties for specific plugins, directed at the normal plugin-author, or cash or gifts to some of the best known supporters at the Forums, the bug tracker, the Codex, or even some of the better known plugin writers would be a great way to provide an incentive to members of the community who help the community in whatever way they choose to. Who’s to say a support volunteer is not as important as a developer?

If it’s not clear by now – we* don’t it for the money – nor do we do it for the fame, though recognition is nice. It is not entirely clear why people contribute to open source projects – but let me hazard a guess here — It’s because all of us are free, most of us are good**, and some of us want what is good to be free.

*Not just me – me and some of my friends.
**The rest of us work for <insert evil spamming company here>

Interview with a link spammer

Filed under: Uncategorized — Carthik @ 10:50 am

The Register interviews a link spammer. Pretty ordinary and nothing new learned, but it might make for an interesting read. What amazes me is the amount of money these guys claim to be making.


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