For the past 8 years I've been contributing to a number of open-source projects. I like the way their communities are bonded and it's my way of saying "thanks" to the people that help build the tools that I use to make my living. I daily spend 2-3 hours of my time trying to find solutions to other people's problems and improve those tools.
With WPMU though I'm a bit puzzled. I had a discussion with a co-worker today so I will just relay what he said to me.
In my opinion, WPMU is a company that sells code and yet has managed to build a solid community of people paying a substantial amount of money to use it's products. The "motivation" for most of the people in this community is getting a life-time membership for free. There are of course those that simply like helping others and feel good about it.
It's quite ingenious and simple, yet it might discourage some people from contributing. Like my friend who told me
why contribute when you pay for it? They have to do do it for you. Why should you work if they are the ones to get paid from the work that you do?
I don't agree with this opinion 'cause it's still my belief that I should help improve the tools that I use at my own work.
Anyway, it did puzzle me for a few minutes and thought of sharing this. What do you think?