Re: [NYC-rb] Feedback on Bountify.co

From: PatrickTulskie
Sent on: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 9:55 AM
Hey Bevan,

Looks cool and all but as a programmer, I have a concern that has kept me away from these types of sites...

So, say there is a particularly sweet bounty of $50.  I submit a great answer that the poster would have actually loved but then tragedy strikes!  While vacationing in Trinidad, they are kidnapped and held for several weeks in a life-or-death limbo competition.  Upon release, they realize they had the perfect answer for their question on Bountify but they can no longer give the bounty to me because the question has expired and it's been sent off to charity.  Bummer.

This sort of thing happens once and as a developer, you chalk it up to "No biggy.  Charity is cool."  It happens several times and suddenly you don't want to write code and answer questions anymore for Bountify.

Do you have any provisions in place to handle these situations?  On Stack Overflow and other sites in that network, it's fairly common for the original poster to not award anyone points because they just simply haven't bothered to check the answers.  I have to imagine the same phenomenon will happen on Bountify.

Otherwise the site looks good and feels good from the onset without even signing up.  Best of luck with it.


On Sep 11, 2012, at 8:54 PM, Bevan <[address removed]> wrote:

Hi all,

I thought I'd pick your brains about Bountify, a Rails app I built recently:


Bountify lets you post programming questions or coding tasks along with a cash bounty ($1-100) to award to the best solution. It's like 99designs (a logo design contest site), but for programming solutions. It looks like a paid StackOverflow, but it's actually meant for questions you can't ask on SO (such as "build me a jquery plugin that does x").

I'd greatly appreciate any constructive criticisms you may have on any aspect of the site (concept, UI, etc...). Feel free to email me directly at [address removed]. Thanks for your time!

Thanks,
Bevan Barton
[address removed]

ps. I'll also be seeding the site with my own bounties this week, so feel free to take a stab at them. So far only a few users have been winning all my bounties, and it would be great to share the love!




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