It would be cool to have a way to track what features users would find most useful for future development, like a way to vote on GitHub issues. It would be especially nice if it could be linked somehow to our OpenCollective account (or run directly through OC) to add a crowdfunding aspect to it. Developers could post a “bounty” for a given feature, based on what they estimate it would cost to develop. Then users could pledge whatever dollar amount they were willing to sponsor it for, based on how useful it would be to them and what they were able to pledge. Once the bounty was reached, the devs could go ahead and build it, and get paid for it.
I’ve been talking about this in chat for a while, but was prompted to posit the idea here after I saw that Webpack has something kinda similar on their website, linked to both GitHub and OpenCollective:
The app’s source lives here: https://github.com/webpack-contrib/voting-app
I know in the past we’ve also discussed the possibility of contributing something directly to OpenCollective itself, since it’s also an open source project that takes community contributions. Rewriting the farmOS website in Gatsby would also make the Webpack approach perfectly feasible as well. All food for thought.
I’m curious what others, particularly non-developers, have to say about the idea.