I just came across bountysource.com, that uses the (currently disabled) github issues tracker to list issues and allows people to pay $X as a bounty for an issue to be solved. Then an interested developer can either accept the bounty or set a target amount for interested funders to reach. Here’s the automatically created page for Discourse - Bountysource (It seems that the issues that were still open when the issue tracker was disabled are still there and maybe should be deleted?).
I’m wondering what @codinghorror, @sam, @eviltrout etc think of using this website for issues that are “blessed” by the development team, like the ones in the “Features / Spec” category? (I’m not sure if there’s a way to allow just discourse github collaborators to post issues on the github issue tracker? That might be a good place for the “Features / Spec” issues only if that is possible.
Other bounties can be added manually without having them be in the github issue tracker it looks like too. So it would be possible for anyone to add a bounty even if it wasn’t “blessed” by the dev team.
I think it’s good because all the bounties will be open sourced, and I think there are some smart developers here (not me, lol) that are looking for ways to make some money from their interest in Discourse.
PS - I know I’d chip in to see a few features added, eg: having your Facebook profile picture automatically become your Avatar in Discourse if you login/signup with Facebook - anyone??