Continuing my study of whether or not external rewards kill intrinsic motivations, I read a paper Norms, Rewards and Their effect on the Motivation of Open Source Software Developers that Luis pointed me at and Matt Asay blogged about. (For the record, the paper is as long as its title implies it might be.) The authors of the paper were also interested in whether or not paying open source developers would demotivate them. They did a survey with college kids that concluded that paying open source software developers doesn't demotivate them. However, I think and they agreed, that the research has yet to be done on a real open source software project. They did point out three really interesting facts.
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