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Shai Almog

I think this might be a bit problematic. I find that incentives are very hard to control. E.g. when you pay someone you instantly disable other incentives like the one that makes you feel good for contributing and the "joy" of coding. It turns into a job.

In fact, I think the proliferation of bounties for security vulnerabilities did a lot of harm. The problem is that once an incentive is offered, even taking it back is difficult e.g. the Haifa kindergarten case from Freakonomics.