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Proposal for sponsored development of "Obliterate"

From: Julian Foad <julianfoad_at_btopenworld.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2009 21:29:14 +0100

After being out of the Subversion world since January I now have time on
my hands and I want to design and implement the much talked-about
"Obliterate" feature. I'm looking for help in wording a proposal for
doing it as a "sponsored" development, which I'll advertise in public
and send to anybody I think might respond. The development itself will,
of course, be done in full participation and only with the full
agreement of the community, and the aim will be to integrate the results
into trunk, not to create a special version.

With this in mind, I've started drafting a proposal, which is attached.
I broke it down into tasks that are roughly sequential, and which could
possibly be charged for separately. Do you think this proposal contains
the right sort of information? Too much? Something missing?

One point I wonder about is whether I should try to get sponsorship for
the whole thing or whether it would be better to do task 1 (requirements
analysis) and maybe 2 (high-level design proposals) as a volunteer in
order to give a potential sponsor better confidence and less risk.

Thoughts please?

One thought of mine is this would work best if I come up with at least
one other proposal for some different work, and then a sponsor can feel
that their money will really lead to their preferred feature being
developed first.

I also expect I could advertise this as a "distributed funding" project
on one of the web sites that help organise that.

- Julian

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