I tried to contact vince by PM and on IRC without success (PM : I didn't receive a response, IRC : we don't leave in near timezones i guess), but gsan had some contacts with him.
What i can say is this project needs visibility, organisation, documentation, tools and a central web site to find/manage all this, and this can't all be done by 1 person (consequence is a wiki + a forum).
* Vince has forked the bitcoin client and launched namecoin
* I've started by creating a DNS bridge for .bit domains
and then the dot-bit project
. I did not chose the name 'namecoin project
' because there was no namecoin.tld available (i discovered later that someone else had reserved some of them
and i proposed to switch to this domain name).
* gsan has started the second .bit DNS server
and written the draft for the domain specification
* Some miners are sellings namecoins
* People have reserved around 500 domains
Here is a little summary of people involved in namecoin currently (sorry if i miss some).
So, i can't really say we are partners, and i would be happy if we can claim it both, but would it change something ?
If you want to make some donation to a person directly, because you think his personnal invest is significant for you, you can donate to him directly. If you think that donating to this project may help more, you can do it. Or you can do both :p
If you ever asked this to clarify things for the BitDNS bounty
, i hope you have enough informations to make your own decision (i cannot be judge and jury).
Vince, any comment about all that ?