Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Help Wanted: Rails Volunteer Work

I want to build a review site for Rails and Ruby books which includes affiliate links to the books being reviewed. We'll donate all the profit to Rails and Ruby open source projects, and since we can set it up on Heroku for free, it'll all be profit. In addition to written reviews - which takes time and effort - we'll also allow people to endorse any book with just two clicks via Twitter OAuth, and possibly also by collecting retweets, since these provide a reliable emergent metric of a book's popularity among the Ruby cognoscenti. In the case of ebooks, like JavaScript Performance Rocks! or The Rails 3 Upgrade Handbook, direct affiliate programs usually exist, and in the case of books from regular publishers, we'll use Amazon affiliate links.

I'm really too busy to build this myself, so I need developers. Obviously this is pro bono work, no pay, but the karma's fantastic. If you're interested, e-mail me at gilesb@gmail.com, and please use "Help Wanted: Rails Volunteer Work" as the subject line, because I'm already behind on my e-mail, and anything which makes it easier to organize makes it easier to do.

Update: I got way more responses than I expected, so I'm not sure what to do now, but on the upside, there's now a #radog channel on freenode (stands for Ruby Automated Donation Generator, I think).