MaidSafe Code Bounty Program

We have mentioned the introduction of a code bounty programme a few times recently and, in the true spirit of Open Source software, we want the community to be able to take an active role in helping MaidSafe roll out the SAFE Network. This will not only decentralise and spread knowledge of how the network functions, it will also enable SAFE to be released more quickly.  The following post will provide a bit more detail on how we see MaidSafe’s code bounty programme working initially.

MaidSafe will publish tasks at the start (and potentially during) a development sprint. These tasks will be listed in Jira where anyone with a Jira ID will be able to claim and start a task. The tasks will be fully specced out by the maintainer of that library whose e-mail address is published in that library’s GitHub readme. If you feel the task description is not clear then you should contact the library maintainer prior to accepting the task in Jira. The fact that it is not clear could be a sign that it isn’t well suited to your skill set. Here is a rundown of the terms:

The terms

  • Participation will be on a first come first serve basis
  • The bounty only applies to open Jira tasks identified by the MaidSafe team
  • The developer that claims the task will be given a sufficient amount of time to complete it. For example, a task that is scheduled for 8 points (around 8 hours work) should be completed in one day. However, if a GitHub pull request is not received at the end of this period, or the task is not correct (doesn’t pass tests/ other task requirements as specified in the task description), it will be made available to the rest of the community. We will need to be strict about timescales and work quality to avoid delays
  • All submissions should take the form of a GitHub pull request
  • If the task is complete (meets the spec and passes all tests ((including coverage)), MaidSafe will pay the bounty (in bitcoin) to the successful developer
  • Each contributor agrees to the terms of the MaidSafe Contributor Agreement
  • MaidSafe’s core development team and employees are not eligible for rewards

The rewards

  • $20 per story point (paid in bitcoin only). Story points are used by MaidSafe to estimate task timescales
  • 1 story point is typically calculated to be around 1 hours work
  • The reward will be paid on the merge of a contributors pull request to a btc account of their choosing. We would also donate the bounty to the preferred charity (one that accepts bitcoin) of the developer should they prefer. Contributors should enter the bitcoin address they would like the bounty paid to into the pull request description field
  • An exclusive and limited SAFE Network core dev t-shirt (this is a one off reward and is limited to one shirt per developer)
  • The developers name added to the main SAFE Network repositories

This is a process that is likely to change over time as the bounty programme develops and grows. We plan on starting the programme slowly and in about 2 weeks time we will identify the tasks from the current sprint (RUST-3) that are eligible. Over time, we anticipate opening up all Jira tasks to the community, but we would like to trial the process first. In future, we may start to pick much bigger pieces of work, such as the addition of specific network features, and ask community members to compete for them. These types of projects would obviously carry many more story points and be much more lucrative, but we should learn to walk before we can run!

So, hopefully this provides some more detail about the bounty scheme as a whole and we will start to announce applicable tasks in the next couple of weeks. We can’t wait to start working with you all more closely!