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From Chip Childers <chip.child...@sungard.com>
Subject Re: Question about Apache projects and Kickstarter-like campaigns
Date Fri, 04 Oct 2013 17:37:56 GMT
On Fri, Oct 04, 2013 at 02:24:11PM -0300, Thiago H de Paula Figueiredo wrote:
> Hi!
> 
> I'm an Apache Tapestry committer and PMC member and very active
> specially in the mailing lists.
> 
> I'm at a period in which I have no job, no clients and I haven't
> started looking for a job again. So I have the schedule for that.
> But this free time cannot be free, because I, as everyone else, have
> bills to pay. So I thought it would be a perfect time to run an
> fixed-funding IndieGogo campaign (Kickastart only allows USA
> citizens) to have me working exclusively on the Tapestry codebase
> and documentation for a month.
> 
> If there are people actually wanting to fund that, I just didn't
> want to lose the opportunity before I get some other work and I
> don't have all that time to work on Tapestry itself again. Of
> course, I will still contribute to the project in the mailing list
> as usual and also some code, but all that on my actual free (i.e
> time I'm not doing something that would earn me money or help me
> find paid work).
> 
> From the Foundation point of view, is this allowed? From a community
> is it something to be avoided? I'd take a lot of care to make sure
> nobody would consider this potential campaign to be blackmail, just
> one way to say thank you and to help Tapestry, which has no backing
> company, progress faster.
> 
> Thanks in advance.
> 
> Cheers!

Not an authoritative answer, but...

I don't see why this would be a problem, assuming that you continued to
interact with the community in the same way as before.

Many contributors / committers / PMC members in projects are paid by
organizations to work on those projects, so I don't personally see how
this is any different.  You are just being creative about how to get
paid to do what you like to do anyway.

Again - not authoritative.

-chip

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