> 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).
I had kind of assumed that in the case of needing to go to an outside party to get your fixes, that this step wouldn't even be done... Ie: upstream wasn't interested in this fix (or doesn't see it as a "fix" for anything), so you're effectively taking on your own fork...
> 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.
Sure... But, if someone posted that they considered one bug in particular to be VERY serious for them, and they were willing to pay you to fix it, don't you think that might spur you into tackling it?