How to Get Bitcoin for Contributing to Bitcoin.org
Bitcoin.org was originally registered and owned by Satoshi Nakamoto and Martti Malmi. When Satoshi left the project, he gave ownership of the domain to additional people, separate from the Bitcoin developers, to spread responsibility and prevent any one person or group from easily gaining control over the Bitcoin project. Since then, the site has been developed and maintained by different members of the Bitcoin community.
To date on GitHub, there have been over 3,200 commits from 180 contributors from all over the world. In addition to this, over 950 translators have helped to make the site display natively to visitors by default in their own languages —now 25 different languages and growing.
Just last month (June 2017), 2,000,000+ unique visitors from all around the globe viewed pages on Bitcoin.org over 6,300,000 times.
For the past several years, with the exception of a grant from the Bitcoin Foundation, Bitcoin.org has been funded thanks to the domain owners who have been bootstrapping it almost every step of the way. Almost all contributions to date have been done completely by talented, unpaid volunteers from all kinds of different backgrounds and belief systems who share one thing in common, a passion for Bitcoin.
As many members of the open source community may already know, it’s difficult to have time to contribute to projects and to also earn income to pay the bills. Usually something has to give and more times than not, it’s what you’re working on for free. In mid May, we wanted to step things up a bit and start compensating contributors who have helped make the site so awesome. So for the first time we put a donation link in the footer of the website, noting that the site is community supported (thanks to all of the GitHub contributors and translators), along with a bitcoin address. Since then, close to 1.54 BTC has been donated — just under $4000. This will be used to compensate contributors, and what’s left over will help cover hosting-related expenses.
In the interest of being 100% fully transparent, we’ve created a publicly accessible spreadsheet with a record of all receipts and expenditures. All transactions for the donation address are logged into it. Of course, this information is already available on the blockchain, but we just wanted to go one step further to make it super simple and easy for anyone who is interested to review things with additional scrutiny.
Earn Bitcoin for Contributing
Thanks to donations, it’s now possible to earn Bitcoin for contributing to Bitcoin.org! We’re currently testing bounties on a limited number of issues. Open issues on our GitHub repository labeled with “Bounty” have bounties on them. Viewing the issue will reveal the value of the bounty. Submit a pull request resolving the issue along with an accompanying note or comment containing a bitcoin address and automatically receive a payment in the amount of the bounty if it gets merged. If you don’t see any bounties you know how to take down, don’t worry, more opportunities are coming soon. Also, feel free to send an email if there’s a particular bounty you’d like to see added.
An alternative to bounties that we’re also considering is compensating different contributors based on an agreed upon hourly rate, however, this will be more expensive and there are a limited amount of funds at the moment, but stay tuned, because we’re working towards this as well!
The goals behind compensating contributors are:
- Catalyzing efforts on Bitcoin.org to resolve issues and improve the site
- Helping people earn some extra money for working on Bitcoin.org
- Making it easier for anyone, anywhere in the world to discover Bitcoin
The Ultimate Goal
Our ultimate goal with compensating contributors is that at a certain point in the future, people who are passionate about contributing to Bitcoin, can earn a stable and reliable supplemental income from doing so. 🤞 Make sure you have a GitHub account and that you’re watching the Bitcoin.org repository so that you get notified of these opportunities. 🚀 🌔