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Looking to hire a Vanilla MASTER to help me bugfix and customize and mod my website.

Hey there,

I'm looking to hire a strong vanilla developer to help me add some custom social networking features (deeper profiles, image galleries etc) to my vanilla site, as well as clean up TONS of bugs that are plaguing me. Ready to start immediately. I'm based in LA, CA - USA, can provide wireframes, PSDs, and desired features.

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    422422 Developer MVP
    edited March 2013

    perhaps be more specific before being barraged by:

    1. idiots like me asking tons of questions.

    2. just idiots contacting you and wasting your time

    Info:

    Site link

    Site schema

    Budget

    Timeframe

    Mockups

    Full brief of what you want, without it in the post / thread you will be totally wasting your time and others/

    Best of luck

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    @makeoutclub said:
    as well as clean up TONS of bugs that are plaguing me.

    If you could elaborate on the bugs, that would be great, we need them to file bug reports on gitHub. This can be the summary topic and you can show the bugs in this topic or in separate topics, whichever you like. I always tag the topics with the gitHub bug report number, that's why I was thinking of separate bug reports (topics)

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    edited March 2013

    @422 said:
    perhaps be more specific before being barraged by:

    @UnderDog said:
    If you could elaborate on the bugs, that would be great, we need them to file bug reports on gitHub. This can be the summary topic and you can show the bugs in this topic or in separate topics, whichever you like. I always tag the topics with the gitHub bug report number, that's why I was thinking of separate bug reports (topics)

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    Sure - www.makeoutclub.com - modded older version of vanilla.
    I'm looking to clean up the following bugs as my developer is no longer able to help.

    • double posting
    • posts not appearing at all on site activity and forums (sometimes have to enter a response twice or three times)
    • notifications appearing LATE, suddenly you get 5 notification popups at a time instead of one after another as they happen
    • bonk errors on user search
    • mobile version template not matching
    • "visits" and other values not reporting correctly.
    • admin messages stopped working

    We've added things like user pages divided by boys and girls, added some stuff to the profiles, but what I really want are:

    • profile image galleries
    • badges
    • winking/poking
    • leaderboards (top users, top posts)
    • private galleries
    • image feeds (a top level place where we can all upload photos and "like" them, etc

    So - some heavy customization work too.

    gibbymiller@gmail.com if interested.
    Thank you!

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    businessdadbusinessdad Stealth contributor MVP

    @makeoutclub said:
    modded older version of vanilla

    Just for completeness, it looks like it's version 2.0.18.4.

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    422422 Developer MVP

    And for added completeness...

    Budget ?

    Hope you have deep pockets

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    @422 said:
    And for added completeness...

    Budget ?

    Hope you have deep pockets

    Pocket depth is relative. If anyone here considers this a doable endeavor and would like to propose, please hit me up at the email provided and let's talk shop! Thank you! :)

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    422422 Developer MVP

    well for plugin development:

    try @peregrine @businessdad @x00

    for css try @vrijvlinder

    Good Luck ( psst pocket depth is indeed relative to the length of your arm ;) )

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    businessdadbusinessdad Stealth contributor MVP

    @makeoutclub said:
    Pocket depth is relative. If anyone here considers this a doable endeavor and would like to propose, please hit me up at the email provided and let's talk shop! Thank you! :)

    I don't want to sound pedantic, but what @422 said is right. Doing everything you listed would cost quite a bit:

    • Several thousands for the new stuff to add (it can easily take several weeks of work).
    • Another X to fix the issues, where "X" means "depends on how much time it takes". That's because troubleshooting, especially the one related to issues occurring semi-randomly, could take any time between a couple of hours and a couple of weeks (although I would not bet on the "couple of hours", from what I understood).
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    @422 said:

    well for plugin development:

    try peregrine businessdad x00

    for css try vrijvlinder

    Good Luck ( psst pocket depth is indeed relative to the length of your arm ;) )

    no need to try me for the forseeable future. I'll provide free help on the forum periodically, but not much else.

    I may not provide the completed solution you might desire, but I do try to provide honest suggestions to help you solve your issue.

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    422422 Developer MVP

    totally agree.

    My priority list these days is:

    1. fix bugs
    2. sort validation

    then move on to priorities.

    1. what can be done with existing plugins, even if you think outside the box.
    2. reduce number of plugins to an even balance of cause and effect, based on a benefit doesnt always equal a feature, and vicky vercky
    3. then consider plugins development outside of the parameters of "freebieness"

    People literally shit themselves when i tell them, if you want me to develop a theme, its gonna cost you min. $55 - $75 / hour and min. 10 hours.

    Hence I don't take on any work with Vanilla now, everyone wants stuff for free.

    In the last 4 months we have had 2 ppl try to get a refund for our themes which cost $5 , five measly bucks, on the grounds I refuse to give them free support. FFS

    Thankfully we were succesful, and tbh has tarnished my developmental routes within Vanilla.

    But I am hoping that when 2.1 gets released @Todd and @Lincoln , unify the system, so that those who wish to produce commercial plugins themes etc. get the opportunity to do so within the commercial framework, and not the back shed which this forum has become.

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    businessdadbusinessdad Stealth contributor MVP

    @422 said:
    People literally shit themselves when i tell them, if you want me to develop a theme, its gonna cost you min. $55 - $75 / hour and min. 10 hours.

    Hence I don't take on any work with Vanilla now, everyone wants stuff for free.

    In the last 4 months we have had 2 ppl try to get a refund for our themes which cost $5 , five measly bucks, on the grounds I refuse to give them free support. FFS

    If you had not mentioned themes, which I don't make, I would have thought that your post was written by me when I was not looking. :)

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    I think at a minimum I'd like to fix all the bugs and upgrade to a new stabler version of vanilla without compromising the customization my previous developer did. If anyone can help, please give a shout!

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    I think at a minimum I'd like to fix all the bugs and upgrade to a new stabler version of vanilla without compromising the customization my previous developer did. If anyone can help, please give a shout!

    One plan of attack - if you don't get help.

    1) Back up your source and database. 
    2) Create a second "test" vanilla forum on your host with "latest version of vanilla".
    That should get rid of bugs.
    3) Get a bit of rudimentary knowledge of cutting and pasting and understanding a bit about config.php, solving bonk errors, minimal css and php.
    4) If your developer modified the core files (which makes things hard), convert your custom mods to plugins.
    5) Add additional features via theme or plugins.
    
    You can read and search through discussions - to do 1,2,3 by yourself.
    4 and 5 you could post your issues one by one and solve them with help on the forum.
    

    I may not provide the completed solution you might desire, but I do try to provide honest suggestions to help you solve your issue.

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    businessdadbusinessdad Stealth contributor MVP

    @makeoutclub I second what @peregrine wrote, it's a good action plan. I can add that, based on what I saw on the site, you already have the latest stable version of Vanilla 2.0. I would not recommend upgrading to 2.1 yet, as it's still in Alpha. Besides, the plugins you're using may not be compatible with 2.1.

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    advantage of testing with 2.1 - you will have the latest version when it does come out.

    You won't have to do it twice.

    disadvantage of 2.1 - you will have the latest version, but you may need to update as changes are made to beta.

    If you weren't in a rush, going to 2.1 for your test enhancement - might be less and more headaches :).

    I may not provide the completed solution you might desire, but I do try to provide honest suggestions to help you solve your issue.

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    Anyone here want to make $ and help me out? This is one of 3 projects I'm working on in addition to my full time job - I really want to stabilize and move forward. Willing to share ad revenue % moving forward with partner, etc.

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    @makeoutclub you're approaching it the wrong way. I would look really really closely at the comment that peregrine made. I think every single respondent in this thread agrees with peregrine.

    Your customizations seem great, but you will run into problems every time Vanilla gets a new version. Plugins is the way to go.
    The extra stuff you wish is what most of us wish to get on the open source vanilla, meaning B*dges (sorry, some of the guys in this thread will throw up every time they see that or even a thread about it, hihi)
    So if someone is making that plugin, based on sponsorship, help sponsor it (start there).
    You will get 'free' help with the easy things, real bugs, etc.
    As soon as you contribute a little (Wiki please!) you can see how things are supposed to work here on the forum.
    So start with the sponsorship, follow peregrine's list and then follow 422's list. All free help will be done without any problems as soon as you help out a little and then the rest is peanuts (figure out if you want to make things work with Vanilla 2.1)

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