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Re: [NYC-rb] Feedback on

From: Bevan
Sent on: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 2:00 PM
Hi everyone,

Thanks for the great feedback on!

@Sandy, thanks for signing up and posting a solution! I agree that the solution display / submission process should be improved. I plan to make the solution displays narrower, and to add a text editor for submissions (like on SO). The solution you provided should also improve the submission process!

@Steven, thanks for the heads up about Airbrake's 10-20 second latency, I've never seen it quite that bad before. I didn't think Errbit had the JS notifier, but I just checked and it seems to have it after all. I'll be switching over this week.

@Patrick, thanks for pointing out that issue (that solution providers would be dissuaded from providing further solutions if/when their correct answers get neglected). I'm hopeful that that won't happen much- seems like most people would enjoy bestowing the bounty on the best answer- but as you mentioned, kidnappings do occur. I'm considering implementing a feature whereby the community selects the winner if the question asker fails to do so (like reputation bounties on SO). I'm a little worried about fraud, but there should be ways to mitigate that. Oh, the other thing is that bounty creators are incentivized to maintain their reputation because their bounty-awarding histories are visible to would-be solution providers, so not picking a solution would be a black spot on their record. I also have an optional "Github verified" status in the pipeline that displays a link to your Github page, which I hope will make it easier for would-be solution providers to do their due diligence before answering, and to increase the pseudo-accountability of bounty creators. But I must say, it would be great if this actually became an problem :)

Please let me know if you have any other ideas about the concept, UI, or anything else. Good feedback like this is hard to come by, and I really appreciate it!


On Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 10:23 AM, Peter Bell <[address removed]> wrote:

To be fair, if you are so unlucky as to have multiple of your clients kidnapped in separate, independent incidents in the caribbean, you were clearly cursed as a child. A fate that no amount of edge case programming can reasonably protect against :)

Best Wishes,

On Sep 12, 2012, at 10:02 AM, PatrickTulskie <[address removed]> wrote:

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!

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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