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Contributor Compensation


Contractors

The term “Contractors” covers both corporate contractors and independent contractors.

  • Corporate contractors are companies that do work for Bitum, e.g. Company 0, Raedah Group, Ditto. Corporate contractors typically employ a number of contributors who work on Bitum (but for the corporate contractor).
  • Independent contractors are people that do work for Bitum. This page explains how people who contribute to the project can become independent contractors.

Contractors contribute in a wide variety of ways including software development, design, communications, community support, research and documentation.

Bitum currently has over 50 contributors (independent contractors and employees of corporate contractors), and you can see them on bitum.io/contributors in portraits with badges indicating whether they work for a corporate contractor.


Billing and payments

At the end of each month, each contractor prepares an invoice and submits it to the Bitum Holdings Group LLC (DHG). The invoice lists the items the contractor has worked on and a charge (in USD) for each - typically these charges are for a number of hours worked at an agreed hourly rate.

USD amounts are converted to BITUM at the average daily market rate for the previous month.

Once all of the invoices have been received and processed, payments to all contractors are made on the same day. This typically happens in the middle of the following month, around 2-4 weeks in. The intention is to turn payments around as quickly as possible but the process takes time and relies on timely invoicing by contractors.

As the BITUM/USD conversion rate is pegged to the previous month, contractors are exposed to any volatility in the price of BITUM that occurs during this period. As contractors will be unable to liquidate their earnings until payments have been processed, they should be mindful that prices can decrease or increase in the interim, and plan their finances accordingly.


Request for Proposals (RFP) - Historical

Bitum was launched with a Request For Proposal system in order to provide compensation for contributors working on larger or more significant projects. A document (RFP) would be produced which described the requirements and scope of a project, along with a clearly defined set of milestones and a reward specified in BITUM. The RFP would be posted publicly and community members would be given a period of time to submit their proposals. After review, a proposal would be selected and awarded the contract.

The RFPs were stored on GitHub and they can still be viewed. The first, RFP-001, was looking for developers to overhaul the Paymetheus application. RFP progress and payments were made public via the Bitum forum[^1].

The RFP process worked well for certain types of tasks, however a need arose to have contributors engaged and compensated over the longer term and on a more flexible basis[^2]. In January 2017 the RFP system was changed to a contractor model and Bitum began to hire its first contractors. In October 2018 Politeia launched, this augments the contractor model by facilitating decision-making about the work which should be funded.