The whole purpose of Crowdsourcer.io is to do away with monetary investment and to free up creativity. Open source projects are a good way to avoid the issues that come with investment/investors but because of their nature, people will only dedicate so much time to them because of the lack of financial reward at the end of it.
We want people to be as ambitious as commercially orientated companies, whilst maintaining the spirit and ideology of open source software. Now, with Crowdsourcer.io, the time you spend on a project may actually reap some rewards later down the line - which we think is quite exciting. But how can you get paid for simply dedicating your time? Well that’s where contribution points come in…
What they are¶
Simply put, ‘Contribution Points’ or (C.Pts), are an indicator of how much you’ve contributed to a project. Who’d have thought it? The more C.Pts you have in a project the higher your share of the sales will be when your project comes to being sold.
Moreover, C.Pts grants you extra rights within a project such as the ability to create new tasks or to vote on tasks in review, depending on the settings of the project.
How to earn C.Pts¶
Simple. Complete tasks. When someone is a contributor in a project the Mission Control will become available to them and from there they can accept and complete tasks - see Tasks . If the contributor is happy with the points on offer and completes the task well and is approved by peers, the contributor will earn the predefined number of points. A good starting point is ~ 1 C.Pts per hour contributed with some variance thrown in for complexity, though really it’s up to the project members to discern what constitutes 1 C.Pt, as long as it remains consistent.
A properly run project will offer the same amount of contribution for the same level of work, to all contributors. In fact, this is a foundation of Crowdsourcer.io, there are no managers or directors earning far more for their effort than the people actually creating. All contributors should be treated equally when it comes to distribution of tasks and C.Pts.
How do you define a fair amount of C.Pts?¶
The biggest question we always hear is “What’s a fair value for my time?”. In all honesty, we don’t know and we don’t want to! We want to leave that to you and your project. All we require is that whatever is agreed within a project is consistent throughout the lifetime of a project and between contributors. If you scale C.Pts with task complexity, time or a combination of both, then that’s all good with us.
Everyone is protected.
Because our platform is designed to reduce conflicts of interest, you’ll always be aware of the reward of a task before you begin meaning you’ll never be caught out after you’ve done work. If you don’t think a task isn’t worth the effort, don’t begin to work on it and open a dialogue with the assigner of the task to get it changed - there’s absolutely no harm in this, and doing so can help to improve team bonds. If all goes south, we can mediate situations and help you and your teammates get back to doing the fun stuff.