I'm looking for something that should exist, but that I can't find. It could be implemented using the stackexchange platform probably in relation with the Open source proposal.
Stackoverflow questions can be roughly divided into two categories:
General questions like, for example:
Questions related to a specific programming problem like, for example:
The second category of question can be assimilated to bugs in personal or corporate closed source software.
So my idea is the following : instead of spending time trying to earn reputation points solving bugs in personal or corporate software why not doing the same on open source software.
The stackexchange platform could provide support to implement this idea in the following way:
Questions will ask to solve issues in an open source software like, for example:
and also explain the reasons why this issue is important.
- A minimum bounty will be placed on each questions.
- Answers will gives clues or solve the issue with a patch.
- After the upstream publication of the patch the total of the bounties will be distributed among the main contributors.
Details of this process should be still defined, particulary how it could be linked with the Open source proposal.
The goal is to obtain something similar to bountysource but with the same reputation system as in the stackexchange network.
Any propositions and suggestions are welcome.