I just wanted to put something out there that I've been mulling over; please let me know if I'm misguided as I am still a little new to this whole thing. So there are two factions to the Litecoin product (a) the foundation and (b) the development team; well three I if you count the user, miner, and in some cases the donator/investor.
I imagine that the responsibilities are allocated like any other business structure, or project, where certain principles, functions, and objectives are approved by the foundation and then decomposed/implemented by the development team. The primary sources of income for the participants in these activities is (a) personal investments going on risk, (b) capital investors with contractual return, and (c) donators which fund the "awesome" etc. etc. There needs to be a certain amount of trust for the latter, in my estimation. Specifically in the business sense of the term and no-bullshit target goals established to mature LTC into the next 1/2 decade.
Maintenance: with any product there are annual maintenance costs attributed to it. Are they going up based on inflation? Cost of living, only? Scarcity of talent? Security provisioning and complexity increases? Or are they going down by virtue of the learning curve and elements that once needed attention and are now taking care of itself because of product maturity? I DON'T KNOW, because I wouldn't know where to look. For the users below, asserting you donated means nothing if we, the community, has zero clue and what it takes to maintain the product. If it takes 10000LTC for the year (eg 200K USD / 2 heads / 1780 hours) because of x, y, z no bullshit with supporting rational...then it costs what it costs, right? If only 1000LTC or less in donations are received, you're not getting a sustained commodity.
Development R&D: We're going to see additional challenges, some foreseen and realized others completely out of the box that could cripple (or at least set back crypto's intentions) over the next year. These known, unknowns, and corner cases need to be attacked by the best and brightest, no? Meaning not cheap. So maybe a big investor comes in and scratches 70% of the itch. How is the delta promulgated through the community to get it done right? Or at least in a manner that's consistent with meeting yearly objectives. Obviously there would have to be a level of transparency attributed to this, but concessions for "secret" projects would have to be understood. But it there's no transparency with burn-rates for maintenance, how would any one feel comfortable with donating the requisite funding for a secret project that could dictate the success of our users investments?
Marketing/Global Outreach: Who should pay for this? Think about it. I don't know the specifics, but if there is a group of people you know from the web conferences that are the voice of LTC and are charismatic, down for the long term cause of LTC, communicate with a business swagger and possess technical acumen, but have to purchase their own tickets to Malaysia for a currency convention conference on behalf of Ltecoin...is that right?
I digress. My point is as follows: If I have 10LTC's, I would donate 5 if I believed in an executable, transparent plan. At this point in the game LTC is an investment. A developmental item. And with the decisions and attributes that can be implemented today, hopefully a way of life.
I will invest LTC's for the good of the technology, but 4 bullet points leaves little to be desired.
No hate, only Peace.