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Re: PaySwarm-based Debian donations

Tollef Fog Heen <tfheen@err.no>
> Money is a very undemocratic resource, and I believe that tipping (which
> is what I consider small donations based on work done by an individual
> to a single package is) is denigrating and a blight upon the world.

tfheen is not alone.  This podcast suggests a correlation between
tipping and other forms of corruption - maybe because it normalises
the concept of informal payment for work if and only if you like the
outcome - and a deeply-researched link between various types of
discrimination and tipping:

That said, I think donations are already going on around debian and
not only through the project, so doing nothing would mean continuing
the current shady market.  I don't think that is healthy and I would
like to see it brought into the daylight, but I'm not sure that
PaySwarm is the best way.

I would prefer a simpler listing of which developers are available for
hire and which projects they are interested in working on.  If that
could be presented in the PTS, package managers or reportbug, that
would be great.  Would anyone block such changes?

Disclosure: like many developers, I'm listed on
http://www.debian.org/consultants/ but don't get much work from it.

Hope that helps,
MJ Ray (slef), member of www.software.coop, a for-more-than-profit co-op.
http://koha-community.org supporter, web and library systems developer.
In My Opinion Only: see http://mjr.towers.org.uk/email.html
Available for hire (including development) at http://www.software.coop/

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