You may have a point here, and perhaps this idea arose out of MaidSafe wanting to find a way to reward people, but not wanting to be the authority. Having the community involved being so important to them.
Everyone in this topic has made good points IMO, especially me .
I liked the idea, especially as it was put forward in a spirit of fun, but I’ve no experience of such a competitive way of doing it.
I can imagine the downsides mentioned are real, and I wouldn’t want that.
I worked at two great tech companies.
The first decided awards in secret. Your boss, or a project manager, would make the case that you had gone way beyond what was to be expected and put that to his boss, and a small number of people would receive a financial bonus - ad hoc, not every month. Those receiving an award were acknowledged in the monthly newsletter, with an explanation of what they’d done, but the amount of the award was secret.
The second didn’t have such a scheme. It had share options, and it had Christmas and summer parties (the first company had those too), which were quite lavish so long as the company could afford it.
I enjoyed working at both very much, and I’ve received one of those awards (in ten years), but I think it would have been fine not to have the awards.
But for some I think, maybe that kind of reward is special and I think @beermenow has hit the nail. Most here would be blown away to be acknowledged by Maidsafe, and David in particular. So there’s a conflict there - David I think would like it best if he wasn’t seen as the man, and crucial, as soon as possible. But maybe doing this behind the scenes, with an announcement, and less of a competitive feel would be best?
Personally I do this because I’m having a ball working on things (helping, discussing, designing, coding) that I both enjoy and feel matters, just might change the world, and might make some money too. Pretty amazing to have all that in one place!
I think it’s nice, shows that heart is at the centre of David and MaidSafe’s vision that they suggested this, which is one of the things that brought me here and keeps me interested and involved.