Sponsorships Support / Bounties / Affiliation with Bountysource

There are currently 557 unresolved unclosed bugs in the tracker.
450 (more than 80%) of which are colored in red. That is, no one has never even added a single note to them. They’ve remained as “new” reports as far back as 2008 (almost a decade ago).

I therefore think it’s time to support bounties. Nowhere in this site can I find anything about them.
I’ve tried e-mail you a private bounty, but never even got a reply which isn’t too encouraging. I think bounties could boost phpList to the next level and motivate you too. Plus just because someone puts a bountie doesn’t mean you have to take it. It might even encourage other developers to join in and leave you just to confirm their work. Kind of like Google Summer of Code.

The tracker is run by Mantis, which offers Sponsorships Support. As Mantis phrases it, with it “users are able to place bounties or sponsorships for specific issues, also developers can track such sponsorships / payments.”

But here’s the thing - you supposedly already have two standalone bounty systems - https://www.bountysource.com/teams/phplist/issues and https://www.bountysource.com/teams/phplist-1438284904 - the latter seems like a mistake.

Are they affiliated with you? Can I post bounties there and have you claim them and put them in the next version?
All the bounties there are $0 so they might as well use your official tracker.

If not, how about using Mantis’ own feature?

The bountysource.com pages seem to be auto-generated from the current phplist github issues, so do not seem very meaningful.

If there is a specific mantis issue that you would like to be addressed then I suggest adding a comment to that issue.

There are barely any issues in github so that seems unlikely.

Bumping Mantis issues might antagonize the developers and taken advantage of. But bounties might motivate them.
Another solution is a voting system. Like a true democracy, let the people decide what to fix and improve first.
Problem is Mantis doesn’t support it natively.
Plus I still prefer bounties…there are too many unhandled issues for Democracy to kick in.

That seems to be exactly what happens, see https://github.com/bountysource/core/issues/1114

Bountysource even has some closed issues on my plugins https://www.bountysource.com/issues/26047801-sending-mail-based-on-date-from-attribute

It’s still weird as can’t find these issues in phpList’s github projects.