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Re: Special paid section for 'write me a program' posts

by Anonymous Monk
on Jan 09, 2003 at 09:11 UTC ( #225489=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Special paid section for 'write me a program' posts

I liked reading the name "Wishing Well", but anything where money is involved in any manner whatsoever just seems... wrong. This is a community where we learn from each other, not where we demand that people donate money to get answers. I can forsee disputes where monks are arguing over whether or not a post made to SoPW should stay in SoPW or be placed under this new section. Think about it. Couldn't every single question posted to SoPW be said to be worthy of a donation?

My personal thoughts on this: why have a new section for donation-based posts at all? As it is with only SoPW, couldn't monks just donate right now if they feel that they have received a great deal of help? What's stopping you right now from making a donation. Why should you have to get something in return for your donation? The best definition of 'donation' I can find (found on

a voluntary gift (as of money or service or ideas) made to some worthwhile cause

I see the words 'voluntary gift' there. Why should a person have to receive code in order to donate? That sounds more like a contract to me than an act of kindness.

I could perhaps see the addition of one more section: a section along the lines of "Perl Projects". Basically, this would be a section dedicated to large projects which would be a collabarative effort between members of the community. On the other hand, SourceForge exists with this exact goal in mind, so even this section is not really needed. Just start up a new project on SourceForge and announce it within one of the existing sections on the site.

To sum it all up: Why create a new section? Just donate your time or money whenever you are able to: don't wait until you're given something that you deem as 'worthy' of a donation. Life is short, live it :)

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