[FFmpeg-devel] [RFC] Bug bounties

Michael Niedermayer michaelni at gmx.at
Thu Aug 28 12:34:44 CEST 2014

On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 11:50:37AM +0200, Clément Bœsch wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 02:15:45AM +0200, Michael Niedermayer wrote:
> > On Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 11:47:59PM +0200, Clément Bœsch wrote:
> > > On Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 10:16:12PM +0200, Michael Niedermayer wrote:
> > > > Hi all
> > > > 
> > > > I was thinking about if we should put an
> > > > automatic 50 USD bounty on every bug thats open since more than
> > > > 12 month on trac, and limited to the first 20 claims so its limited
> > > > to 1000 USD max expenses for us (for now)
> > > > (also limited to real unique bugs of course)
> > > 
> > > What about the votes instead of time?
> > > 
> > > https://trac.ffmpeg.org/report/11
> > 
> > iam fine with any rating, no preferrance here but votes can be
> > manipulated, time is alot harder though we shouldnt try to fix an
> > issue where theres no issue. We could still switch to time when
> > someone tries to manipulate the votes, if that ever happens ...
> > 
> In that case, maybe we (any recent ff developer) could just discuss in a
> committee which bugs should be rewarded (with the help of the votes or
> not). If it's like 10-15 bugs/reward to decide per year, I think we can
> handle that.

> For instance, Stefano was willing to work again on DVD input but sponsored
> would help here. I support that initiative since it's a blocker for
> replacing mencoder.
> In the same spirit, #2391 (VobSub support) is regularly requested. Nicolas
> could probably work on it, but given how hellish this can be, I think it
> might be a good idea to propose some remuneration as a motivator.

yes but i dont think 50 USD for these would work as motivation
these are not bugs one can fix in a days work. Actually they arent
bugs at all but feature requests
I think for there to be a motvation the payment should be above the
minimum wage of the average western country

> Anyway, this tends to look like a bit like what ffmtech propose... And as
> you asked initially, this might not be compatible with SPI anyway.

if we choose to go ahead with this we will need to find out if this
is possible with SPI
I suggested in the past that if asking doesnt work its a matter of
trying. We can simlpy have a vounteer fix a bug and then ask SPI to
pay 50 USD for it. Theres of course the risk our volunteer wont get
anything and similarly that risk would stay for future such bounties
but hey some people like gambling so it might even increase
interrest ;)


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Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into
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