I had to sleep on this. I understand what half of the people on this list are doing, how much time they are spending on it and why they should get paid. On the dev side it is really easy to understand, because you can go look at work committed into github and understand both the quantity and quality of work developers are committing.
The Ops side is a bit less transaparent at the moment. I hate to mention specific people/roles, but I have to in order to explain:
I see all of the Senior people on here every day doing work and being involved and never sleeping. For the most part I think their work is good. I don’t think they tend to all be that great about taking, digesting, incorporating and responding tov feedback from the community all the time, which would be something they could improve on for 1+ million a year a sallery.
On the midlevel side, I see Donald’s design work all the time and if he’s not designing for badger full time he should be. We need as much media as we can get. For Emissions/treasury management I see a few BIPs from Po and Mason, but it is unclear how much time they are really spending on this and what other work they are doing. I also understand that they got paid pretty big grants for the BIP’s the wrote and work they have done and we voted recently on a BIP to reward people with upto 1000 badger for participating in governance. BIP-28.
I’m just trying to figure out if any of the mid level ops roles are actually full time jobs, and it’s unclear how much we’re talking about paying these people. It seems like a lot of the work can be handled by bounties. Again for the kind of money we are talking about, I would like to see more energy put into BIPs to make them more human readable/have better TL;DRs. I’d also like see more of a job description and a summary of what these people will be doing every day.
On the Junior side, again it depends on pay. If these people are making normal Junior salleries to learn and help out mid/senior level peoplethen cool. If they are the best paid Junior Operations People ever to grace the face of earth, I think they should be working on projects that are challenging and will be judged by the community according to very high standard. Their team-mates should take shared responsibility for making sure that their work is of the highest quality.
Lastly, we are a tech company and it seems right now that we have 3.5 developers on staff + Digg-whisperer and an ops team of 8 people + support + 3 of the 4 seed team members. In many years of work experience, tech companies that become too ops driven tend to not execute well on techincal tasks. It feels to me like we are lacking in Technical Operations people to do things like product manage, create clear roadmaps, align developer work and prioriites, etc, and are maybe getting a bit heavy on our full time ops team.
Finally, if I want a million dollar job at badger. How do I apply? Where are the open positions? Who decides if I show up on a BIP to be voted for, and who decides the positions that badger is looking for. Who decides who to hire and how much to pay them. I know the answer seems to be the community, but I imagine a community vote to hire someone who hadn’t been vetted by the team wouldn’t go over to well, and would be counterproductive if it passed, so I think a team that is seeking to pay themselves this much money needs to make it very clear how one can become a part of it.