On Thursday, 13 March 2014 at 18:20:16 UTC, Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:

Over $2000 in open bounties left:


Looks like most of these are on compiler bugs.

The only Phobos one is the std.getopt one, however its situation is two abandoned patches and no clear goal as to what constitutes a change worthy of marking the issue as "fixed" and paying out the bounty.

As for the compiler bugs... well, all of these are HARD, at least from the perspective of someone inexperienced with DMD's codebase. If they were easy, they'd have been solved already. DMD is not something you can easily dive into and start moving code around to fix big problems. Speaking from experience, it wasn't once that a 50-line patch would take me days to author and debug. And even if I were to manage through, the chances are high that the patch ends up crap because you need a lot of knowledge about how the compiler works to understand what's a good idea, and what isn't. Not even Kenji's pulls are always approved.

However, the biggest problem is the open pull request count. What good is authoring a patch if no one wants to take time to review it?

IMHO, we don't need more bug bounties - we need REVIEWER bounties. Some way to convince more experienced D developers to review others' contributions. I have a number of open DMD pull requests myself, and sometimes I consider bribing someone to just look at them.

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