There are of course lots of things done on a volunteer base around the OFN project. BUT we need also at some point to be able to buy beers
So we are working on local and global business models, which means enforcing a “platform coop” strategy (every hub using a local common should contribute to it), and a % contribution to global common by local partners and white label users.
But around that, we also work a lot in “projects”, like for example there is a new client who wants to build a markeptlace based on OFN and ask a lot of new features, ask a specific front end, etc. In those case we can build a proposal by setting up a team, and it makes sense to try to gather in that team OFN contributors (like devs who are already doing dev on OFN).
So as we want people to work together in JOY, we also want to make sure the retribution system we adopt is fair for everyone working on an OFN project
Fair = equal?
What is a fair rate?
I guess a wage is supposed to enable someone to pay for their daily expenses, but those expenses are not the same if you live in London/Paris or in Mumbai or in “La Loupe” (small town in France ;-))
I know @nick told me in UK you had a conversation around rates in that sense.
Should we differentiate the rate depending on roles and experience?
Should dev people be paid more than non-dev people?
Should an OFN junior developer be paid less than an experiences OFN dev?
My opinion on that is that the rate should be a mix of effort and value. Regarding developers I guess a junior dev will do less in the same hour than an experienced OFN dev, so I guess we can recognize that somehow, so that we don’t always work with the same super efficient developers who know very well the code, and empower a distributed team.
How to handle habits regarding rates?
I guess some freelance developers have some usual rates they charge. Should we allow every dev to fix their on price? Or should we collectively say : on OFN projects here are the rates? Those rates could be co-designed and agreed upon by the community, and we could use that as a basis. It can be also a range of rates to leave a bit of margin and ensure a fair system at the same time.
Here is an example of table I wanted to share with you to open up the discussion on the topic
Ping @Kirsten @serenity @nick @tschumilas @enricostn @emak @pierredelacroix @paco @CynthiaReynolds @sreeharsha (please give us also some tips about usual rates in India, I took India as an example, let me know if you think it’s consistent or not…)
Thanks for your views on that.