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Inflation based is undoubtedly the best, but it involves a lot of uncertainty of how to allocate the money. The easiest option would be to have a central granting body, but a dispute about removing that granting body would be extremely contentious and drawn out, like a 10x worse ProgPow dispute.
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This is an older article but it's such a good fulcrum for the "funding open-source" conversation. It states the need for rewarding maintainers and explores the OSS funding space. I think funding open-source is top of mine for everyone right now and the goal of a lot of different projects. For example, OScoin. They are proposing a permissionless network protocol that enables an open-source crypto-economy based on the concept of inflation funding/block rewards. Their #whitepaper: http://oscoin.io/oscoin.pdf I'm really excited about OScoin's approach. Even though I am often questionable of "network approaches", I think it makes a whole lot of sense for open-source funding Another one is SourceCred and their development on SourceGrain. SourceCred creates reputation networks for open-source projects. SourceGrain is the next step: project-specific cryptoassets, called grain, for open-source projects rewarded to developers for contributing to the project directly. Check out the mission statement here: https://github.com/sourcegrain/mission Lane Rettig's thread pulls great commentary from both projects after questioning the use of "crypto-economics" to drive network value: "it's essential to divide value-creation along intrinsic vs. extrinsic lines. Creating value for folks _inside_ your economy with a token isn't hard. The hard part is creating _extrinsic_ value. This is the part that I find most projects skip or fail to appreciate." https://twitter.com/lrettig/status/1136608490632437760 What do other's think of these approaches to open-source funding?
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The idea of inflationary funding has resonated with me, since first hearing about it in the context of Livepeer and Decred. I’d be curious to hear the perspectives’s of @cburniske & @jbrukh on the models discussed in this article 🤔