I don't like the ransom terminology but the idea of voting for the features you like with money sounds good to me.Thanks normis, of course, pass on a +1 to the dude dev team
Maybe consider a 'ransom' style donation system, where we could all put a few bucks towards the features we want added/updated/fixed.
You could use this funding in two ways.
1) Money = developer hours towards feature/fix
2) You could see that we put our money where our mouth is and get a much clearer pictures of features that really matter to us.
I vote +1 for this.