Where would you look to find coders for a volunteer project?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by GFLPraxis, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

    GFLPraxis

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    So here's my dilemma.


    [skippable backstory here]
    My site, NintendoPlayers, is badly in need of a new coder and I'd like to really overhaul it with a focus on community stuff. This is the site's largest failing- while the actual news portion of the site has great design and the backbone is there for community stuff (user profiles and accounts that integrate through the site to let you leave comments on the articles and tracks posts you've made), it's completely separate from the forum (requiring the user have two accounts) and none of the planned features ever got implemented before the coder moved on to graduation and marriage.

    We've got a lot of stuff like a huge games database that we could integrate but never got the chance.
    [/skippable backstory]


    Without this, the community is slowly dying off, and we would like to find a coder willing to help build up the community side of things from beyond a simple PHP forum to something really big, with user blogs and facebook-style profiles and all of that. Thing is that we're all poor college students. We want to go about finding a coder, preferably one who likes Nintendo, who would be interested in joining in on such a project.

    The site's written in PHP, but I wouldn't care if it was rewritten. However, losing the games database (everything is SQL) would be a huge blow, so keeping with SQL is important or transferring everything from the SQL DB to a new one would be fine too.

    The idea would be that if the site ever becomes profitable, said coder would get a very sizable cut of the profits, which could end up quite a lot. If the site flops, then none of us really make anything. We might be able to pay maybe a hundred or two hundred dollars for their time up front but can't really promise more :(

    Problem I'm having is that I don't even have the slightest clue where to start looking for someone interested in such a project.

    I know there's some coders here, and you coders must know other coders. Does anyone have any tips on where I could ask around?

    Thanks for any helpful advice, whether positive or critical.
     
  2. Soulstorm macrumors 68000

    Soulstorm

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    Actually, the biggest problem is that you want to preserve your SQL database while rewriting the site. I know about web design and PHP, but I really don't have the time to get involved with it...

    I can tell you where to look at, however.

    Go into http://www.programmingforums.com/ , sign up, and post a job offer. That may attract attention.
     
  3. toddburch macrumors 6502a

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    Does that site work? I mean, it's appears to be just a search facility with a list view of results! I saw, what appeared to me, to be zero content.
     
  4. SthrnCmfrtr macrumors 6502

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    You think so? Any MySQL database is extremely easy to migrate to any other layout, in my opinion. It'd take far less time to migrate the database than it would to negotiate the profits even if migration were necessary, which I doubt it would be. It probably wouldn't take anything more than switching around a few words in the script. If it took a complicated bash script, I'd be surprised.

    Integrating the passwords of the different accounts shouldn't be that much trouble at all. Open source FTW.

    The hard part, IMHO, would be the visual design. That's what always kicks my butt, and why I've always just stolen other people's designs and tweaked from there. Or worked with someone who doesn't have worse taste than a mutant combination of Liberace and Johnny Rotten.

    It'd be fun, really. I'm surprised no one from your community has the know-how and willingness to contribute.
     
  5. Soulstorm macrumors 68000

    Soulstorm

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    Damn. I mean that the site is http://www.programmingforums.org/ . Sorry for the inconvenience.
     

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