Maybe some of you came across the project by Open Whisper Systems – BitHub. In short this is a system that pays out bitcoins to a creator of every merged pull request. Money is taken from the project’s donation pool. Every reward is calculated as 2% of the current donation pool size. This software is being used at OWS.
We discussed in a few topics that we may want to attract some new contributors for the project. Having a little reward for the merged pull request might be motivating for newcomers. Also AFAIK we already have a donation pool at Bountysource, the money that was given to the project at whole and not for the specific issues. And we’re unsure of what to do with this money actually. So I was wondering what do other people at diaspora community think - whether it could be profitable for us as a project and community to set up this software and introduce rewards for merged pull requests?
I don’t like the idea of fixed percentage, since there are more and less trivial pull requests. Instead I would propose to have a gradation of complexity of the pull request, having trivial, simple, medium and complex with 0.5%, 1%, 1.5% and 2% respectively. Complexity is defined by a maintainer who merges the pull request. This is nothing that is implemented in BitHub, but this is how I see it could work better.