I look at bountysource.com and see that there are not that many OCaml ecosystem bounties offered recently. I would like to think aloud about what could be stopping people from getting paid for shipping OCaml ecosystem code.
Perhaps this is due to an awareness problem? I myself didn’t realize this was a resource until today, so hence this post.
The way bountysource.com works is if there’s an OCaml ecosystem GitHub issue that you want to see resolved, you can copy/paste that url into the https://bountysource.com/ search and offer a bounty on it.
Another problem might be a hangup on offering bounties?
I anticipate most people don’t offer bounties because they don’t want to be insulting by offering too little, but this is clearly irrational. The vast majority of GitHub issues have an implicit bounty on them already, they’re just not displayed: $0. Surely offering something should be better than nothing. I’d like to try, in the hope that it encourages more people to get paid for shipping OCaml code.
A third issue might be that it’s actually a little hard to search for Ocaml bounties? Perhaps we could normalize compiling them into a permanent megathread here?
What do people here think?