Dear Martin, Henrik, esteemed developers
There is a possibillity at last of some money coming from my university to pay for some development.
1) They are inclined to pay a Japanese software developer.
2) My boss is saying that a national university cannot pay for open source. I am not sure why.
However, there is perhaps a chance that I would be release it by saying that the programmer retains the copyright. And then the programmer could agree, informally to release it.
I have a question....
If we were able to pay a programmer to make certain functions, and these were released, would these become part of Moodle or would they fall by the wayside?
The functionality I am thinking of is
1) Improvements to the quiz functionality - Some method of adding sounds to answers as well as questions, one question at a time quizzes, quiz opening in a new window.
2) Enhanced Japanese language compatibility - making sure that the subject line of mail does not garble in any mode (html or text), and that downloaded excel files are non-garbled too. Also perhaps that the given name and surname are asked in the Japanese order (with the family name at the top).
3) Ability to move large numbers of activities
at once or enter a blank week in a course to enable me to manage a large number of courses.
Perhaps a slight problem with the sort of functionality I might be able to pay to be added are that they are rather non-socially constructive, because I like to do that myself, and leave brutalisation to computers, as explained.
So, my general question is, how does one attempt to have funded software development become part of Moodle and not become a dead branch?
There is still a chance perhaps that the funding might be able to go outside of Japan but it does not seem all that good.
There is probably just as big a chance that it won't come at all. Blood out of a stone and all. I am applying for 30,000 but I recon at most I will get 50 to 30 percent of that.