The Tabbycat Debate Association (“TDA”) seeks to incentivize the development of our software and community through monetary compensation for entities who contribute to the development, technical or otherwise, of Tabbycat and associated projects (“Tabbycat”).
We compensate contributors for work done in furtherance of projects supported by the TDA, which can take these forms:
- Software development to projects under the TabbycatDebate GitHub organization name
- Development of open-source projects to extend Tabbycat
- Responsible disclosure of software vulnerabilities from Tabbycat
- Creation or development of documentation relating to Tabbycat
- Contribution to educational material relating to Tabbycat
- Maintenance of projects under the TDA’s purview
- Incidental costs to the realization of work in the aforementioned points
- Other work as approved by the board of the TDA
We may continue to compensate persons who have made major and sustained contributions to projects supported by the TDA for their earlier work, including but not limited to in recognition of cases where such work was not compensated at the time.
There is no set amount that can be reclaimed for work performed nor unit of work on which compensation can be based. The requester will either respond to an offer of compensation or suggest an amount.The requester should, where appropriate, provide documentation of work done, which may include but is not limited to:
- Links to commits, pull requests or issues to Tabbycat
- Receipts for fees related to work in scope
The board of the TDA will approve the request, approve it with a different payment amount, or decline the request. The board may take into account any considerations it considers relevant, including but not limited to the following:
- Quality of the work
- Quantity of the work
- Applicability of the work
- The requester’s expenditures
- The requester’s prior contributions
- The amount asked for
- The available funds
The TDA does not have “editorial” control over Tabbycat, and so no determination is made on the relevance of software development work done, provided it has been incorporated into the codebase.
Contributors retain ownership of their intellectual property, but agree to be bound by the licence of Tabbycat and allow subsequent modifications to their work and the licence.
The TDA will review requests on at least a monthly basis, but payment can be made earlier for exigent circumstances. Payment can be made through PayPal or bank transfer where possible. The main currency used is the Canadian dollar (CAD), but other currencies may be available if requested.
The recipient of any funds assumes fees associated with the payment and their tax liabilities.
We will make information about the requests and payments public on an internet-based platform (currently Open Collective), except for private information. Please contact [email protected] for the handling of sensitive or confidential information.
How do I get paid from a Collective?
Submit an expense and provide your payment information.
How are expenses approved?
Collective admins are notified when an expense is submitted, and they can approve or reject it.
Is my private data made public?
No. Only the expense amount and description are public. Attachments, payment info, emails and addresses are only visible to you and the admins.
When will I get paid?
Payments are processed by the Collective's Fiscal Host, the organization that hold funds on their behalf. Many Fiscal Hosts pay expenses weekly, but each one is different.
Why do you need my legal name?
The display name is public and the legal name is private, appearing on receipts, invoices, and other official documentation used for tax and accounting purposes.