Proposal for donation link in Thunderbird 31

Irving Reid irving at
Fri Nov 22 16:40:53 UTC 2013

I'm concerned about any plan that lets users put $$ on specific bugs. 
Our biggest hindrance isn't so much money as it is availability of 
people with both time and expertise to fix even the most pressing issues 
in our backlog. Per-bug money might attract some time & expertise, but 
I'd be surprised if it's enough to be sustainable, and it's likely to 
come with unrealistic expectations.

We already have problems with people getting angry about their 
particular issue not being addressed. Adding "I put $50 on that bug!" to 
the existing "Why do you idiots have 10-year-old bugs?" comments isn't 
going to be very attractive to new contributing developers (let alone 
the negative emotions it may inspire in existing devs)...

I suppose we could annotate bugs with a ball-park cost of fixing, to 
give people an idea of how much they would need to pledge to attract 
attention, but there's still a lot of ways I could see this making it 
even harder for us to manage expectations around bug prioritization and 

  - irving -

On 2013-11-22 10:20 AM, Tanstaafl wrote:
>> Maybe one option would be to have some kind of system where only a
>> certain percentage of the contribution can be dedicated to a certain bug
>> or bugs, with the rest going into a general pool.
>> The amount could vary based on how many votes the bug has (the more
>> votes, the higher the percentage of the contribution that can be
>> dedicated to it), up to some maximum (I was thinking 50%)?
> No one thinks this is a viable option?
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