Following the recent (Aug 2016) rise in the market cap, the community is potentially big enough to have the developers paid (In XMR) to work on building out Monero full time. Has this been discussed in the IRC chats/ dev meetings? Is there a rough indication of how many hours a week fluffypony et al spend on the project and what it would cost for the community to sustain a couple of people full time (even if paid via project/goal funding) ?
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I'm reminded of this quote.
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” --Upton Sinclair
No, money creates a conflict of interest. Bounties that devs can choose to accept, as well as donations is fine, but once they get a salary their loyalty is no longer to the users, it is to the salary. What if there's a critical bug that could threaten the value of XMR? what if the salary he's being paid depends on him putting down his fellow devs to get to the top? What if the other devs get jealous/envious and try to make the paid devs lives difficult?
No, a salary is a horrible idea. They'll no longer be doing it because they enjoy working on an innovative, collaborative, vibrant technology, they'll be doing it because they look forward to the pay checque at the end of the month and they'll get fucking vicious if necessary to protect it.
Bounties, forum funding and donations are good, salaries, bad.