How not to offer a contract


This appeared in the text of the barcelona-metropolitan in the Classified section, yes I actually do work on finding contracts in Barcelona or elsewhere in Europe – is that not what Skype, and Google are best at doing, long distance face to face no cost business.

Here is a copy paste of the description

SEARCHING FOR AN EXPERIENCED WE PROGRAMMER TO HELP US GROW THE BUSINESS
INTERESTING WORK
FIXED FEE + COMMISSIONS ON REPEAT BUSINESS

Seriously not very informative … now I know business entrepreneurs do not want to give away too many secrets but this is just too opaque.

  • never use capitals, seriously don’t ever use capitals as it is annoying and certainly not in the classified section.
  • in any copy one should always check the spelling and grammar – very important for that professional look..

Now come the questions as any self-respecting person would ask as a web developer:

  • Do you actually have any infrastructure and what is it ?
    • JEE, .NET, Sharepoint (um … not unless you have over 500 employees and the infrastructure to match), or a LAMP server.
  • Do you actually have a domain, or even a hosting service ?
    •     important when it comes to underlying web technology
      • If not then is that included in the price (certainly not but price is very dependent on host’s technology stack – stick to LAMP providers as there is big competition in the market).
      •  If you want a .cat domain then it will have to be in Catalan unlike an eu domain which can be anywhere in Europe.
  • Proposed domain of web site:
    • is this going to an ecommerce site, a business blog, a social site etc, please give us a hint
  • Proposed functionality:
    • do you require social application integration, gamification, SOE etc. as that costs.
  • Without at a hint of domain and functionality
    • how can I cost the web site.
  • What is interesting about the work ?
    • I have no clue …do you

Well there it is, I’ll keep looking

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