Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 10th Oct 2012 22:37 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Donating to software projects - or, more accurately, open source projects. It's hardly new, it's hardly rare, and I'm sure most of us have donated at some point. That's probably why Canonical has opened Ubuntu up for donations - but with a twist.
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RE: A poll that cannot be crashed
by r_a_trip on Thu 11th Oct 2012 12:23 UTC in reply to "A poll that cannot be crashed"
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It might be sufficiently hardened against flooding,but it seems frought with difficulties nonetheless. What if only one user donates $ 2,000,000 to a feature the rest of the world couldn't care less about?

What will Canonical do? Look at the number of donations to an item and strike the above item as not really sought after or are they going to look at the amount of cash and go "We can't decide to not implement this feature! We've received a boatload of cash for this." What is the determining factor here?

People significantly donating to unpopular items will probably get miffed anyways. Their cash will never lead to direct improvements in the areas they are interested in (whatever the methodology) and the one who pays for a specified item expects to get his moneys worth. To me it seems like another Ubuntu headache in the making.

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I totally agree. I was just guessing at their incentives.

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