Raising separate fund for a complete redesign in Feature Requests
so basically you want there to be BYOND, but you also want there to be something somewhat like a BYOND pro?
If this is a serious request
with limited funding, this project would take years
But there's really no reason it has to be done within BYOND.
Maintaining the existing system is a big job, not even counting any new feature work.
And they will have the last word.
it shouldn't matter if it takes two or five years
If Teka, at that time, had contributed ~$5000 and Tiberath was 9th on the contributions list with ~$700, I estimated the total amount of all contributions at $10,000. Looking at it again that might be a bit low, but I wouldn't put the total much over $20,000.
I'm also curious what U.S. programmers you know that make $166 / hr.
I never said they make $166/hour, I said they charge $166/hour. Freelancers have to pay all of their own expenses (computer, internet, electricity, office, travel, health insurance, etc.) out of pocket. If a freelancer wants to make $50/hour in profit they'll have to charge about three times that much for their time.