Hello guys, I was just chatting with @zodern and I learnt that he’ll start focusing a good portion of his efforts on some private matters of his own instead of contributing to Meteor for the upcoming months due to Meteor Software ending their sponsorship. I understand the reasons why Meteor Software would wanna switch over to bounty system as there’re lots of problems with community packages or stale issues that needs attention but their man power will never be enough. So, it’s understandable. But, cutting support from key contributors like @zodern, @Storyteller means a lot less time for Meteor/OSS and keep in mind certain things they do/did wasn’t clear cut problems that you can assign a bounty to and the community would solve.
For instance, in the last couple of months @zodern worked on typescript support via zodern:relay, faster minification via swc and finally he listed few of the problems he intends on tackling in the upcoming while.
@Storyteller aside from his usual evangelism, he worked on MCP packages like oplog and roles. He also started working on Meteor Dispatch alongside @alimgafar and @jkuester. Him too is starting to switch focus to private endeavors to garner support for his companies and make income.
So, to put my ideas into clear points:
- Cutting support from key Meteor contributors leads them to put less time in Meteor and more into private endeavors hurting Meteor eventually and causing the opposite of what Meteor Software team and the community as a whole intend.
- OSS work is a creative work, you can’t boss an artist and expect extraordinary work like @zodern was putting out. But you may provide financial support and leave him to do his own thing without interfering. For the sake of this bad analogy. Sure, you may commission an artist for a piece and you’d get pretty good results but I’m not interested in solid/mid tier pieces. I’m interested in spontaneous phenomenal pieces only. And this model, of supporting contributors was working out pretty well. So, why tamper with it?
- Meteor Software reasons for trying out bounty system are justified but their execution is not. Yes, adding a bounty to help out with all the extra work is a good idea but to cut support from other people isn’t. Why not do the same together? To be even more frank, the only reason you’d do this move if supporting community contributors was such a great financial restrain that you had no way to roll your bounty program without cutting support first which is something I highly doubt. You made lots of new hires to work on your ahem ahem cough
shittyplatform like Thiago Reis, Vitor Souza, André Luis. You even hired a Developer Relations Manager, who started her Meteor forums account less an 90 days ago!!! WHAT THE FUCK DOES SHE KNOW ABOUT METEOR??? HOW ABOUT GIVING THAT MONEY TO PEOPLE LIKE @storyteller @jkuester @alimgafar WHO STARTED A GODDMAN PODCAST ABOUT METEOR??? WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?? I’m truly perplexed by the amount of ignorance the people making these decisions have. There’re some other problems but I’ll refrain from mentioning them here so as not to take the spotlight from the problem this thread is for.
Please support your creators and roll your bounty program alongside it, thanks!