> There are various web sites that hook people up with freelance programmers to work on various projects: [...]
I will have a look at those when I have time to try to work out what a typical bug-fix (if there is such a thing) would cost. I would expect it to be quite high, since unless you find programmers already familiar with the project you want a fix for you have all the overhead of the programmer understanding what you want, understanding the problem and getting to grips with the code before they can even begin fixing, and the overhead of communicating with the project owners to get the fix accepted afterwards (always harder than one would naively expect, unless one has been in the shoes of the project owners before).
> But, you could probably find someone willing and more capable of doing it right on the project's official mailing list or something! And, let's be truthful here: most of the time, you aren't even going to need to pay them a cent to fix the bug, because they'll WANT to fix it...
I certainly know that we (VirtualBox) have lots and lots of open bug tickets that no one has ever even found time to look at. And I thought that we were better than average, but perhaps I am wrong there.