Fwd: Paying Tomasz Wasilczyk for security improvements

Ethan Blanton elb at pidgin.im
Wed Feb 20 21:48:16 EST 2013

Daniel had some comments on this matter, but can't send to the list:

Daniel Atallah spake unto us the following wisdom:
> On Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 9:08 PM, Mark Doliner <mark at kingant.net> wrote:
> > On Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 3:56 PM, William Ehlhardt
> > <williamehlhardt at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Forgive my ignorance, but: why is IMF acting as a middleman here at all?
> >
> > That's a good question.  It sounds like for Google it's easier to make
> > a donation to us than to pay Tomasz directly.  I don't know the
> > details.  Also maybe having IMF act as a middleman makes it more
> > likely that Tomasz will have the greater Pidgin/Adium/libpurple
> > community in mind when he makes his changes?  Rather than doing
> > specific work that benefits only one company.
> If I put my devil's advocate hat on, I can think of some additional
> questions that someone could ask. For example:
> "Why is this being done privately instead of allowing people to apply
> for a fellowship?"
> I don't really have a problem with this being done this way, but that
> seems like the type of question that could be asked once this is made
> public.
> That said, I would be in favor of this. (I don't know if I get a
> official vote or not :))
> It'd be good if there were some sort of guidelines about what would be
> expected out of this.
> -D
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