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wordweb

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Bounties
« on: August 18, 2008, 09:07:35 pm »
I added a new bounty to the bounty wiki, but seems likely no-one will notice.

Wouldn't it be much better to have a bounty forum, so new bounty posts are obvious, and nice threaded environment for followups?

Would also be nice to be able to add bounty links to the bug tracker to help provent things going into oblivion (e.g. my last bug - which is a showstopper for my app - has been marked as target version 1.2, but I would happily pay something to get it fixed quickly).

btw, I can't join the mailing list because postmaster@ is not valid in my email domain.

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RE: Bounties
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2008, 01:01:19 am »
No, the bug tracker is not for posting bounties. The best place would be posting in the mailling list. You could create a gmail account only for that.

I don't know which bounty is yours, but most of the bounties there are too cheap for the amount of work they require. It's a case of demand/offer. If noone is interrested at this price, then raise it.

You can also try this website to get a free lancer programmer: http://www.getafreelancer.com/

Any delphi developer should be able to work with Free Pascal.

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Re: Bounties
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2008, 05:15:33 am »
Quote from: "wordweb"
I added a new bounty to the bounty wiki, but seems likely no-one will notice.


I sympathize. Those all look like legitimate bugs.

Rather than waiting for somebody to fix them, you might do what I do initially and that's try to work around the bug. Usually this means IFDEF's in your code, e.g., {$IFDEF DARWIN} do something {$ENDIF}

For example, with your TMemo's in a TScrollBox, could you intercept the WM_MOUSESCROLL message or something and force a repaint? You might be able to get a functional program that way even if it's not as clean as you would prefer.

My programs are sprinkled with IFDEF's. I see this as a necessary evil for handling a wide variety of issues - for example, the underlying native widgets might just not support all the Delphi behavior that the LCL is trying to simulate, in which case the fix may never be possible.

In a worst case, you might even consider using a different control. I'm not sure exactly what you're doing with the TScrollBox full of TMemo's, but maybe that's asking too much of a cross-platform library.

Thanks.

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Re: Bounties
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2008, 09:20:17 am »
Thanks for the replies. Yes, I realise it's not obvious which bounty is mine and new, which is why I was suggesting the bounty list moved to the forum so that it was.

And yes, IFDEF is useful - my code is already sprinkled with them to make it work in Delphi and win32 lazarus. But I really need proper fixes - WordWeb is used by over 4 million people, so glitches get spotted.. [the TMemos are used to display each definition - see the screen shot at
http://wordweb.info/free/
- why TMemo: basically so the user can select the text, and also double click to select and look up a word. I could write a custom control, but then it wouldn't work transparently with screen readers for the blind.]

I agree the bounties are probably mostly well below commercial rates, but then the end product is for the common good (though I thought my $100 for 3+ bug fixes was actually more than I might have to pay on GAF)

Thanks for the suggestion re gmail, though I don't see why having valid postmaster@ is a requirement since these days most people's emails of that kind will be flooded with spam.

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Re: Bounties
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2008, 06:25:57 pm »
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But I really need proper fixes - WordWeb is used by over 4 million people, so glitches get spotted..


4 million users but only $100 on offer to fix several possibly tricky bugs?

That sounds like an example of cognitive dissonance.

Thanks.

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Re: Bounties
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2008, 06:44:18 pm »
That's 4 million users of the free version...

Marc

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Re: Bounties
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2008, 09:43:12 am »
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btw, I can't join the mailing list because postmaster@ is not valid in my email domain.


I cannot imagine that the mailinglist software checks for this.
Anyway iirc, it defined in an RFC that a mail sending domain should have a postmaster. (which in my case gets routed to /dev/null)
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Re: Bounties
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2008, 09:55:09 am »
Actually it does - my mailing list join message was rejected on the grounds that postmaster@ did not exist. Maybe I just need to send it to dev/null rather than generating a bounce.

 

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