Crowd funding of plugin development

8 posts by 4 authors in: Forums > CMS Builder
Last Post: April 6, 2015   (RSS)

By gkornbluth - April 3, 2015

Hi All,

Something that I've been thinking about for a while...

Crowd funding of plugin development might be an interesting way to fund projects that are a bit too expensive (or complex) for one of us to implement alone. (like the Facebook plugin being discussed in post http://www.interactivetools.com/forum/forum-posts.php?postNum=2236507) .

I'm sure that the magicians at Interactive Tools have more than enough organizational projects on their plate, so I'd be willing to coordinate and organize this effort through my CMSB Cookbook. http://www.thecmsbcookbook.com

We'd collectively have to decide how the process will work:

  • How ideas are submitted,
  • Project acceptance criteria,
  • How bid specs get developed,
  • How projects get paid for,
  • Who gets to use the finished project,
  • How projects are distributed, etc.

In addition to a project being available to those who initially funded it, I'd personally like to see any projects available to all, for unlimited use, maybe for a nominal fee for each plugin that goes towards funding new projects.

As a first step, how about using this thread to discuss what we feel it would take to get this concept off the ground.

Food for thought.

Jerry Kornbluth

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By JeffC - April 4, 2015

Hi Jerry

I'm not sure if I have understood your post correctly. Are you looking for developers to create crowd-sourced plugins? If so, I'm not the right man to be included, I generally use the services of IT when I need something that is beyond my skill set.

As more of a front-end designer than back-end developer the usual process for me is: approached by a customer asking for something beyond my skill set AND wanting the work to be completed in super-fast time, I ask IT to quote for the work AND ask them to complete it in super-fast time. More often than not the job costs sub-$300 and I can pass that cost onto my client. It is the fast turn around that works well, and I don't think crowd-sourcing would suit that.

Having said that I do have dozens of ideas in my head that will probably not ever see the light of day because I don't have them time or money to implement them on my own - they are not time-sensitive so crowd-sourcing would be ideal for them.

I suggest first we should wait for IT to respond to this thread as they maybe totally against the idea - I wouldn't want to step on anyone's toes.

Jeff

By gkornbluth - April 4, 2015

Hi Jeffncou,

I'm just exploring if crowd funding could generate the funds necessary to hire IT to develop plugins for some of those ideas that are in the back of all of our heads.

Jerry Kornbluth

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By JeffC - April 4, 2015

in that case I'm all for it! Suggest the facebbok plugin would be a good place to start as a bit of interest has been generated already. Over on the thread you've linked to we've started outlining what we would each like it to do.

Jeff

By Toledoh - April 6, 2015

There was a system I came across some time ago, built into a support desk / forum.

Each "Member" has a limited number of votes - say 10.  Whenever they came across a wish list item in the forum that they liked, they could vote for it, with 1 or more of their votes.  But voting on one item, means that you have less votes left to vote on another item.  You may have used your votes on something - then a new and better something comes up, so you can remove your votes from items to allow you to vote on others.

This gives value to the votes, rather than just a 'like".  

I've always liked the idea of building on this... for instance, having votes purchased in the first place (this could then be used as a build budget), having votes expire after a certain period of time (to increase participation) etc.

Cheers,
Tim (toledoh.com.au)

By gkornbluth - April 6, 2015

Interesting ideas, Tim

Do you remember whose forum it was?

Jerry Kornbluth

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By Toledoh - April 6, 2015

Sorry - no.  I got iTools to build a similar thing for me on another site - but it's not public.

Cheers,
Tim (toledoh.com.au)