While the resulting, quality-controlled components, distributions, themes, etc. will be freely available for the public, as all this is based on Open-Source, this premium community is specifically for professionals that are concerned about their time, with high demands for efficient tools, professional behaviour, workflow tools and contribution credit.
We are building a reputation system with user points, badges, recommendations, etc., so that the contributors both have to comply to quality standards, and also will get their efforts visible in very practical ways. This is intended to become a great place to build a foundation for one's reputation, both for code developers, designers, content-managers, moderators, issue-queue helpers, and the like. We want to embrace all aspects of the information economy and build tools and visualisation (and verification) into this community.
There are two ways to join:
You can pay for a membership (type). As we aim to be both effective, productive and professional, we set our prices high enough so we can make sure we get dedication as part of the deal. If you have invested just a little, you will accept less in return. We dont want that. We want you to both join with a dedication to help out, but also with a professional mindset and professional claim on value for money.
We do not want to block entry for those who might not want to take on this cost moneywise, yet still are able and willing to contribute quality to our efforts. Therefore we are preparing tasks lists for volunteer contributions that will be rated and assigned userpoints. Each one will subsequently be assigned membership / roles / access / status according to the earned points. We are inviting for a discussion about how this could best work. See the link to the Drupal.org page on the front page for where that discussion is handled initially.
We are in the planning process of the userpoints scheme, and will take into account the feedback and ideas we get from you in the shaping of this.
The initial, main point will be to strike a balance between the various membership price levels, the importance and quality of the tasks, and the perceived time each task is "worth", converted to userpoints in a way that both makes sense and inspires more efforts.
We are also going to find ways to give credit to the existing maintainers and contributors of the components we will choose for our distribution base. We are looking at anything between 300-500 such components (modules, plugins, libraries, themes...) that we will take in here.
Furthermore, we will make use of quality reviews, summaries, collective, transparent decision-making tools and voting mechanisms to facilitate the discussions about further developments of each component, our distros, etc.
Finally, at the heart of our efforts there will be a Bounty Management scheme to help finance the development and honour the contributors.
We firmly believe it is possible to combine these aspects in a professional and efficient manner.
Parts of the process we are looking at involves exploring the "true" economy of open-source development.
We will be looking to collaborate with universities and other such entities in undertaking research and surveys into this exciting area.
We aim to build a solid, credible foundation for committing time, effort and money to issues we can build with certainty.
Far too many efforts - and especially time - is spent in the Open-Source sphere with very little certainty for the outcome.
This is mainly due to lacking policies, tools and strategy, which we aim to set an example for.
This will help new projects determine more realistic costs, while at the same time provide certainty for the decisions and for the investments in competence.
The latter is crucial. Many projects are postponed, take alternative non-optimal routes, or simply abandoned due to lack of the above.
Small / new information age entrepreneurs ("minipreneurs") are one particular breed of individuals that will find our approach extra rewarding.
The same goes for young individuals at the start of their career path, where they too know that the competence they invest time in, should ideally be useful for "any future project".
This is all about strategy and perceived outcome.
We are here to change some really cumbersome parts of reality. Collaboratively.
Professional Content Management for the 21st century.