Introducing Arch Bounty

For several years, I’ve had a project bouncing around in the back of my mind that would allow users to donate money to have specific Arch Linux related tasks accomplished. Other users could accept these ‘bounties,’ do the work, and receive the donations.

I decided this fall that it was time to implement it. I’ve been working on it (a few minutes at a time) for a month or more. The current site is very basic, but I wanted to put it up for code review:

http://bounty.archlinux.ca/.

It is not currently active; no donatons are processed (even if you go through the entire payment procedure). Any projects created will be deleted when the system goes live, so feel free to add whatever you like. I’d appreciate feedback (patches best) on the code and styling, as well as new feature ideas. Donations are now processed and test projects were deleted. Arch Bounty is Live!

Use github for feature requests and issue reporting.

If you don’t like the idea, that’s fine, you don’t have to use it. I’m perfectly aware that introducing money to an open source can cause a dangerous change in the dynamics. But I want to give it a shot and see what explodes. If it works as well as I would like, it could be a very good thing for the Arch Linux community. If it works as poorly as it could, we shall simply not speak of it again.

6 Comments

  1. I like the idea but I doubt archlinux has the best userbase for it. It is my perception that Arch users are mostly hobbyist and while some users said they were using Arch for production use it’s surely far less than Debian or CentOS for example.

    That said, I think it could be great for Arch to make known what is needed and maybe get users more involved in the process. My involvement with the Arch project is currently limited to maintaining some packages in AUR (I have 13 now! it’s like pokemon you always want more :P) but I might be interested to do more if I see a project I feel competent in.

    As for the application, it looks like a good start. Would be a good feature to be able to “adopt” a project to be able to track it more easily.

  2. ryooichi says:

    I don’t care for the brownish orange color. Perhaps a dark blue? Love the idea.

  3. asdf says:

    I like the idea very much. hope to see it live soon. good job :)

  4. akurashy says:

    So it’s more like a hmm.. lets see if I understand… whilst it is my to be arch-related tasks will it be limited to that or do users have the options to make nothing not related to arch?

    So the programmer creates some type of software he’s willing to create, donators support the project, programmer implements the project. Once the final task he receives the money. … hmm reading more of it it seems interesting idea but so complex to manage and keep it together (the people).

    A suggestion, might not be loved for tons of people but take a small percent for using the service to pay host and donate to archlinux team. (still getting familiar with the users in arch linux and community members daily contributing in both irc and mailing list so sorry if this sounds a bit awkward!)

    Best wishes!

  5. scott says:

    Great idea, cant wait to see it go live.

  6. dusty says:

    Arch Bounty is now live. Feel free to test, break, donate, and contribute!