> 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...
That means that you are either foregoing all future fixes to the software or that you are willing to pay for future maintenance of your branch - how much do your local plumbers charge?
> 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?
Almost everyone considers their particular bug to be very serious, some even telling us that it makes the product unusable (even if no one else has ever hit it and told us) and that it is not acceptable that we don't fix it immediately. A few do suggest paying us, but we would have a conflict of interest if we took their money for a fix done on work time (maybe even out of work time?) and I am usually not convinced enough that someone would put forward enough money to make it worth sacrificing precious free time for the job - my feeling is that they tend to be thinking of one or two hundred Euros, which by the time you have fixed the problem and done proper quality assurance on the fix (not to mention administrative overhead for freelance work, as I'm not currently working freelance on other things) is too little money.