[FFmpeg-devel] [RFC] Bug Bounty

Michael Niedermayer michaelni
Fri Jan 29 12:39:08 CET 2010


As our foundation is apparently nearing fully functional status.
Heres my first suggestion of what to do with some of the donations
Dear gentelflamers may i present to you today my proposal of bug bounties,
The idea behind it is to dispose of the many old bugs that dont seem to
receive the attention they should.
Suggested rules:
* Only reproduceable bugs and reproduceable fixes are eligible
* The fix must reach main ffmpeg svn (and not be reverted at the spot;)
  that also implicates proper & clean fixes only
* Duplicate bugs are not eligible, if a fix fixes 3 bugs only the highest
  of the 3 bounties is payed.
* The rules and bounties can be changed by the developers of ffmpeg through
  a vote or by the project leader.
* People must keep track of their own bounties and notify the treassurer
  within 1 month of closing the respective bug.
Suggested bountie:
* IF      Bug older than 24 month: 40 Euro (there are 15 such bugs currently)
* ELSE IF Bug older than 12 month: 20 Euro (there are 59 such bugs currently)
* ELSE IF Bug older than  6 month: 10 Euro (there are 88 such bugs currently)
If all these bugs where fixed this would coast the foundation 2660 Euro.
In that sense it appears a nice thing, fix all bugs older than 6 month for 2k6

[count of bugs from the roundup search of its webinterface]

An alternative bounty system would be:
* bugs must be at least 6 month old
* bugs receive age_in_month*2 euro
this would lead to a more smooth relation between age and bounty but iam too
lazy to count how much money this would cost the foundation for all current

Open questions:
* Can we do this or are there some legal/ tax issues for the foundation
  with such many payments to probably quite different people over the

comments, flames, love letters, death threats?

Michael     GnuPG fingerprint: 9FF2128B147EF6730BADF133611EC787040B0FAB

The real ebay dictionary, page 1
"Used only once"    - "Some unspecified defect prevented a second use"
"In good condition" - "Can be repaird by experienced expert"
"As is" - "You wouldnt want it even if you were payed for it, if you knew ..."
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