What do you think about adding an “official” section on the website/forum dedicated to requests made by users willing to fund skilled developers for new plugins development? Something like “Ehy! I’d like to have this particular amp simulator, if someone else is interested let’s start a new reverse crowdfunding campaign”. By reverse I mean the campaign is started by the customer instead of the developer/creator/producer (like traditional crowdfunding campaigns).
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But it’s not without a few well known pitfalls. Basically it’s like hiring a freelancer. There must be some kind of specification process. The developer and all backers must know what exactly the plugin should do. If you’re not careful in this specification, there’s one essential thing missing and the developer could refuse to implement that. And what about bug fixes and such?
It is intended for well known developers like those that have already published plugins here. It could be a process defined by several steps. If target is not satisfying, the developer could still take a percentage of the campaign for the effort. Like freelancers sites, a developer should have a honorable portfolio.