In the OVA, @kirk suggested using OpenCollective for RIOT. (I’d like to keep the thread open to alternatives like liberapay might be, but Kirk seemed to know what he’s talking about, so let’s take it as a starting point).
I’m posing a few questions that might help assess whether that’s something to have a deeper look into:
- Do we, from a very feel-of-the-community point of view, like this?
- How do we get by an estimate of whether there’d even be financial input through this channel?
- AIU (disclaimer: never had to do with any of it) our current cost and funding structure is mainly shaped by the founding organizations. Does that work well for the involved? Is it sustainable (it seems so)? Do we need funding for more infrastructure (murdock, HIL)?
- Is this something we could run large and small bug bounties with, possibly for strategic goals of the project that nobody who is in to whichever extent employed to work on RIOT can get time on? (@mcr’s comment on “wish I had time/funding to make [6TiSCH] happen” is what triggered me to take this up here)
- If so, approval of bug bounties would put more weight to the decision process on roadmap components (where roadmap was a big topic on the summit anyway). Can the nascent roadmap process bear that?
- Are there any external services we’d need budget for?
- Might this make running (especially in-person) summits easier?
- Is there anything not on this list that’d strongly indicate we don’t try this?