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From Jörg Schmidt <joe...@j-m-schmidt.de>
Subject Re: Community building: give our User a chance to contribute!
Date Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:00:44 GMT
Hello, 

> From: Peter Kovacs [mailto:leginee@gmail.com] 

> We see in Star citizen how mighty crowd can be.
> 
> Maybe a platform would be great where people can pledge money 
> for something
> they need.
> If the needed budget is reached, payed developers implement it.
> Or we could do it as a bonus system. You pledge money on a 
> bug/enhancement,
> if the bug gets included in the release the developers get a payout.


 
> This is just an idea. I am not sure if we can do business 
> within the ASF or
> if we have to found a 3rd party entity for this.
> If we have to go 3rd party I prefer a cooperative society as 
> a legal form.
> https://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/social-economy/cooperative
> s/european-cooperative-society_de

You are basically right, but let me give the following information.

Team OpenOffice was such a project. The participants were mainly experienced OpenOffice developers
from SUN Microsystems.

See:
https://web.archive.org/web/20120107200702/http://teamopenoffice.org/de/the-team-de.html

But Apache made a front against this project and so it was no chance. The only short-term
result was "White Label Office", see for example:
http://www.chip.de/downloads/White-Label-Office_53492033.html

I do not want to criticize one-sidedly, here is a different view:
http://www.golem.de/1112/88663.html

But Apache is the larger party and it would be the task of Apache to recognize opportunities
and bundle forces.

This is unfortunately the truth and it is a central problem for OpenOffice. 



btw:
A project such as "Team OpenOffice" did not necessarily need a commercial orientation (eg
in Germany a gGmbH https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gemeinn%C3%BCtzige_GmbH one possibility),
but such a project needs the recognition of Apache.



Greetings,
Jörg


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