At yesterday's COD session I asked Ezra if there was a system in place to accept money from individuals or organizations for the purpose of funding the development of COD. He was [as you would expect] very open to the notion. Currently no such system exists but the decision was made to take the conversation beyond the session.
We have ONE destination for the checks OR other forms of payments. These payments can be for any specific feature request, or issue queue post or for an unspecified reason.
I envision a gdo/cod wiki-post where each donor adds their name and amount to the list and what [if any] reason for it. Donors realize that the payment is not a magic bullet that will make their feature request or bug squashing request magically apear the next day or even week. We simply rely on the active developers to do their best to juggle other responsibilities BUT with consideration that COD work is now a funded operation; or at least is until the pool of funds dries up.
I really like this idea and I have already pledged the 1st $500 from the Indy Drupal Camp funds left over from 2010 camp. [THANK YOU to my fellow organizers!]
I am asking every camp to budget $500 for their COD distro just like if it was $500 for coffee or venue rental or something. And if you are putting on 2 [or more] paid events this year, I would even recommend $500 per event.
Mike Anello [of Orlando Camp fame] has also joined the pledge. [THANK YOU Mike!]
We now have $1,000 waiting for a home and I predict many more thousands once the word gets out.
We all need the most robust and functional COD we can have. It already ROCKS! But OMG what if we throw some $$$ at this & knock this baby out of the park?
I've already heard one expression of concern over this model and there is likely more concern to be found. I'm really hoping that this thread will quickly bring us into the adoption or rejection of this model.
If you are replying to this post please mention if you are wanting to make the COD500 Pledge. Two camps down and so many more to go! When [if] there's a place to put the $ we are doing so immediately.
- Doug Vann