Thoughts about the Public Bounty program


As shown in our newly created Developer Portal, in addition to the Responsible Disclosure bounty program, I also introduced the “Public Bounty Program” for the genearl development.

The basic idea is that, we should have a place for people to engage in the project. I classify the engagement in a few parts:

  1. Submit a (non critical) bug or feature request
  2. Join the discussion
  3. Show the support to the idea
  4. Fix the bug / implement the feature

GitHub issue system can be used here. An user can submit a bug or feature request as an GitHub issue in the Deverloper Portal repository. Later, the community join the discussion. When an issue gets enough support, the dev team or any community contributer can implement it and finally close the issue.

The system won’t work well without incentives. So here we can introduce a bounty for each GitHub issue. There can be two types of bounty: the one from BTG development fund, and the one from the community (totally optional). The dev team should assign an amount for the open issue if the team believe the task deserves it. But users can also show the support by donating the the contributor. So when the task is finished and accepted by the community, the dev bounty as well as the communtiy donation will be paid to the contributor.

The bounty model is already adopted by BitShares (bitshares-ui repo). Taking them as a reference, I believe a good start point for the bounty can be ranged from $50 to $1000 (not considering some rare cases). Beyond the defined bounty, the community can also donate to show the support or influnce the priority of the development.

When the task is compeleted, all the funds will be paid to the contributor. In case there are multiple contributors, BTG team should decide how to split the bounty representing the willing of the communtiy. When the task expires (obsolete or impossible to complete), the donation will be returned to the donators.

Put them together, here we get the full model:

  1. Submit: Anyone can submit a bug or a feature request to the Github issue system.
  2. Arrange: The BTG dev team arrange the issues (dedup, deal with spam, tag, create bounty wallets, etc)
  3. Discuss: Anyone can discuss under the issue
  4. Donate: The community can optionally donate to the issue
  5. Match: The BTG dev team will consider the property of the task and define the dev bounty. It can be seen as “matching the donation”.
  6. Develop: Anyone can finish the task
  7. Pay: Except the paid developers in the dev team, the contributor will get the dev bounty plus the community donation.
  8. Future donation: When the task receives additional donation after the bounty payment, we should redirect the donation to the contributor directly.