Social networking site with rich discussion features

We'd like to engage a skilled Joomla programmer or programming team for a social networking project. We are looking for someone with Joomla social networking experience who can identify the best platforms, applications and extensions and make them work together as an integrated system.

Edit 09-22-2009: Clarification of the purpose of this site:

The site will be used by independent content developers (writers, etc.) to obtain feedback on their work. The content developer will post their work in its current state and invite specific people to view the work and provide feedback in the form of comments. The content developer may discuss a comment with the commenter via threaded comments.

Social networking is ideal for establishing groups, privacy and notifications, but this implementation requires rich discussion features to handle the type of content that can be posted. Each group must have the ability to create ordered topics and ordered posts within those topics.

/end edit for clarification

How you will win this bid:

Provide a ballpark time estimate for a full social site development on the platform of your choice (without custom work, just installing packages and extensions and choosing a theme). This is not binding, it just tells us how long you think it should take for you to bring a site up from scratch. We need to see this to determine a baseline for working with you.

Post your experience in custom Joomla work and highlight your social networking platform/application/plugin work.

Post your rate per hour for custom development and your availability over the next 2 months. We would prefer to work with you on a scheduled basis so that you can continue other projects while working on ours.

How you will NOT win this bid:

Responding with generic "We have done a lot of this and therefore we can do yours too" statements. This project will require integrating a strong discussion domponent with other social networking components. We are not interested in working with people who do not explain how they are qualified to do this.

## Deliverables

1. Unless a superior platform is demonstrated by the seller, this project will be delivered on the Joomla [url removed, login to view] platform and use any commercial or non-commercial extensions possible prior to custom work.

2. Custom work will be delivered in installable extension form whereever possible to maintain modularity.

3. Any coding work which modifies the platform or extension files to achieve the deliverables is to be fully documented for the buyer.

See the attached requirements document for a breakdown of the functionality needed. Any additional work beyond what is agreed at the time of bid acceptance will be done under a separate bid.

* * *This broadcast message was sent to all bidders on Wednesday Sep 23, 2009 4:09:18 PM:

Thank you for your time and attention to this bid. We have chosen a different provider for this project, but look forward to working with you in the future.

Skills: Engineering, MySQL, PHP, Project Management, Python, Software Architecture, Software Testing, Web Hosting, Website Management, Website Testing

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