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Introducing Projects and Developer Profiles

I'd like to introduce two new areas we've been working on. These new areas are designed to support our developer community, while making it easier for our clients to get their custom projects taken care of.

Projects
http://community.invisionpower.com/resources/projects

The first new area is Projects. When you have a custom project for which you need a developer/designer, this new area will allow you to gather responses from developers interested in working with you.

Post your project details, choose an approximate budget and date, if applicable, and developers can then register their interest in the project. From there, you can contact developers to help you decide which to go with.

Projects you post will be open for responses for 30 days, after which they'll be closed. If you agree to work with a developer before that time, you can mark it as completed by clicking the Accept link next to the chosen developer's response. You'll be notified when new developers respond to your project, too.

IPS won't be involved in the communication between you and a developer in any way, so it's up to you to agree project details and exchange payment, if necessary, before work starts.

We hope this will become a handy tool to help match up customers and developers on custom projects. In time we'll add more features, such as the ability to review customers/developers when a project is complete.


Developer Profiles
http://community.invisionpower.com/resources/developers

The second new area is Developer Profiles. This new area gives developers a place to present themselves to potential customers. When a developer creates a profile, we'll automatically build a page for them that pulls in their Marketplace information, and gives them a way of highlighting one of their contributed files and a place to write about themselves.

As a customer, you can browse the listings to check out the developers in our community. If you've worked with a developer or just like their files, you can Recommend them by clicking the link on their page.

If a developer with a profile responds to a Project, we'll link their name to their developer profile so that you can find out more about them.



We hope these two new features will help foster more growth in the development community, making it easier for customers to find developers, and giving developers a central place to find potential work.

Check them out - and if you have any feedback, please do feel free to share it. We've already made many changes based on the feedback from our preview to developers, so now it's your turn :smile:

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I just added two projects, but I see the listing shows my email address!

 

Why show email addresses publicly?

 

I almost feel like deleting my projects (if I can).  This bit surprised me.

 

Edit:  My email address is shown only on the index page.  I'm not sure where you got that address as it is an old address that I don't use anymore.  Maybe it was associated with my account many years ago.  Anyway, I think this might just be a bug?

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I just added two projects, but I see the listing shows my email address!

 

Why show email addresses publicly?

 

I almost feel like deleting my projects (if I can).  This bit surprised me.

 

Edit:  My email address is shown only on the index page.  I'm not sure where you got that address as it is an old address that I don't use anymore.  Maybe it was associated with my account many years ago.  Anyway, I think this might just be a bug?

 

 

Sorry about that - you're right, it is the 'name' your account originally was under, rather than your display name. I hope I didn't cause you any issues, and please accept my apologies. It is fixed now :)

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Sounds good. One thing, though, is that, at least currently, links to various areas related to developing aren't obvious. A lot of times I forget how to even get to some areas. In fact, I would say that is the main thing about even the default ip.board I am hoping will be improved is ease of finding certain things. (especially for newbies)

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  • Was this functionality developed using IPC, out of curiosity?
  • Are these extended/special profiles something you would consider releasing as a mod/addon?

It seems like the type of functionality other communities using IPB could benefit from...

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