Patrick McKenzie+ Your Authors @patio11 I work for the Internet, at @stripe, mostly on accelerating startups. Opinions here are my own. Sep. 04, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

An interesting place where a (partially subsidized) gift economy and market economy collide: academic journals and their peer reviewers.

You can extend this logic pretty quickly to “Hey our build is broken so I need you to review this PR ASAP, OSS maintainer”, which is a similar imposition upon the gift economy that often comes from someone who is getting paid to write that email because of course you pay labor.

I don’t know exactly where I net out on this, as someone who “works for the Internet”, often for free.

I think it approximates to “Anybody can send me an email, and that will always be free. Or you can assign me work. The privilege of assigning me work has a market price.”

For more fun meditations on this, see @nayafia’s book Working In Public:  (which I am about two chapters into and am enjoying so far)

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