MonthOctober 2012

Improving the small things

Small things

Since last post there were a few small improvements. Not one of them is a very big deal, but altogether they account to something a little… bigger.

Some of it I already tweeted about, some not. Anyway, here’s the full list:

  • 1. More stats:

Statistics page now displays a list of the top sponsored projects, each project with a link that points to that project’s issues

  • 2. Merged pages “user profile” and “user history”

The user profile page used to have a “show history” link with issues related to that user.
Now the history content shows up in the user profile page.

  • 3. Added kickstarting issues to user history

User history did not display kickstarting issues, now it does

  • 4.  Colored values and better looking home

The home page and the search issues page now display colors in offer values. Green means PAID, orange means OPEN.
Also, the home page issue table is using a nice CSS that makes it more pleasant to look at.

  • 5. Show payments

The offer page and user history now displays the values that were actually paid for paid offers.
This is important because the payment screen allows for a last-minute change in the paid value, so there may be a difference between offered value and paid value.

  • 6. Comment edit history

Comments that have been edited now appear with a red “edited” label, that when clicked will show that comment’s edit history.


There is a motivation behind these small improvements. That motivation is one of the things we value the most in FreedomSponsors: transparency, visibility, openness. We’ll always strive to serve the Free Software Comunity with this in mind.

Hope you like it :-)

– Tony Lâmpada

A note to brazilians

A heads up for brazilian users.

Bug #25 has been fixed. What that means is that the conversion from USD to BRL no longer uses the fixed rate = 2.00.

Instead, FS now pulls the conversion rate from google, and adds 4,5% – an estimate of the expected conversion rate that will be used by Paypal (since there’s no way to get a precise rate from Paypal).

We might have to make small adjustments to that number as more payments are made. If that’s the case, we’ll add an update to the corresponding issue on FreedomSponsors (you can click the “Watch” button there to be notified of updates)

As always, feel free to look at the code.

New Stats Page

Check out the new stats page! Transparency is one of our strongest values – thus having this page makes a lot of sense for us.

If you’d like to see more stats, drop us your feedback or opinion.

And here’s the code in case you wanna take a look

FreedomSponsors-Github integration

We have just added another new feature.

If you have a Github account connected to your FreedomSponsors profile, now you can add a “Sponsor this issue on FreedomSponsors” link on your repositories’ issues.

We wanted to give Github users a functionality similar to the one provided by the JIRA plugin.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Log into FreedomSponsors with your Github account
  2. Go to “Github Settings” under your profile menu (top right), select the repositories you want to integrate, and click save.
  3. @freedomsponsors-bot will watch your repo for new issues and you add the comment with the appropriate link.
  • You can only select repositories owned by you or any of your organizations
  • You can stop that behaviour anytime on your “Github settings”

If you’d like to attract bounties to your Github project, please go ahead and try it out.

Disclaimer: this feature is still “beta” (since the whole process is not very testable from a TDD point of view). We may have to make adjustments to it in the future. And we’ll let you know if we do.

Feel free to leave us your feedback or opinion.
Also, take a look at the code if you like.

Tony Lâmpada

Watching issues

We’ve just rolled out a basic but very important functionality on FreedomSponsors: watching issues.

Now you can click the  toggle button to be e-mailed about new comments and other updates on any particular issue or offer.

Also, everytime you do something on an issue (like adding a comment, or sponsoring) you’re automatically watching it – and you can click to stop watching it.

A nice side effect of this new watch system is that it solves an old bug regarding feedback topics – FS didn’t send emails about Feedback issue’s updates. Now it does :-)

As always, feel free to look at the code, and if you’d like to help, or have any feedback, you’re welcome to!

Kickstarting issues

Yesterday we rolled out a new feature: Kickstarting issues.

Kickstarting an issue means registering it on FreedomSponsors without a money offer.
The home page will display the last 10 kicstarting issues, side by side with the sponsored ones.

People then will be able to sponsor those issues by placing real offers on it.

Why would you want to kickstart an issue?

There are a couple of scenarios when one would want to do that.

  • 1) You think the issue might be important to someone else (your boss, perhaps).

So you add it to FS by kickstarting it, and tell them about it.

  • 2) You would like to be sponsored to do it.

Maybe start a new project, or implementing something really cool on a project you like.
So you kickstart it and see if you can get a few sponsors to back you.
If you’re kickstarting issues like that, it’s probably a good idea to do it with a small, objetive, deliverable task than with a huge project.
That’s because of post-paid-no-strings-attached nature of FS offers. Do you have a big project? Kickstart it with small tasks!

Also, whatever the reason you’re kickstarting an issue, do leave a comment explaining why do you think that issue is important.

Feel free to look at the code.

As always, if you’d like to help, or have any feedback, you’re welcome to!

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