Over on Speckyboy, Andy Killen just restarted the discussion on rewarding plugin developers. It was a worthy topic of conversation when Alex King raised it last month in his Open Source Motivations post, and it’s a worthy topic now.
Why? Well, because we haven’t solved the problems yet.
Producing a Solution
Lately, a fellow plugin developer and I have spent our nights and weekends thrashing out potential models for a solution. These generally revolve around some combination of crowd funding new development, like a kickstarter for feature requests, and using subscriptions for premium support services, based on the bbpress plugin. This would all be tied together with the Prospress marketplace plugin which I develop.
It’s a complex problem that can only be solved with an entirely new and elegant system. We haven’t conceived a suitable model yet, but once we do, we’ll be releasing whatever we come up with as a plugin on WordPress.org Extend. The more help we get, the sooner that day will come.
You Can Help
The WordPress plugin community is tremendous. I know both plugin users and developers want to see this community continue to thrive. So if you want to help solve the problem it faces, get in touch.
As a plugin user, you can give us details about how you’d like to support plugins. It would really help us settle on a model.
Plugin developers can help us understand their pain points. And if they believe in the idea like we do, help build the thing.
If you want to help, contact me.