-Many users on the forums are in need of a developer to help them with a project. For obvious reasons Open Cart is not involved in what goes on behind closed doors between users and developers. Both the developer and the user have a responsibility to practice their own business sense whereby protecting their assets.
If you are a developer on this forum it is suggested that you practice good work ethic when dealing with potential customers. How you do this is your business. If you are a user on this forum it is suggested that you practice good work ethic when dealing with potential developers. How you do this is your business as well. Again, if there is exploiting going on between either party, Open Cart will not get involved because it is purely your responsibility to protect your assets. However, users have been banned from the forum that were proven to be taking advantage of developers and vice-verse.
As far as "who to choose" as a developer, well that is up to you. There is no reputation system built in similar to Ebay so in truth you are on your own. Sometimes it helps to "ask around" before starting work with someone.
- Don't go with a developer just because "they are cheaper than everyone else." Even though there are excellent developers out there that have ridiculously low prices, they are hard to come by and its doubtful you will find one in this forum.
- Be weary of people that spam the forum with 20 posts that state the same thing with a link to their website, attempting to solicit work. I said "be weary" I did not say "avoid" these people.
- Look for things such as "number of posts". How regular are they in the forums? And if they have created any extensions in the Open Cart Store, at least here you can see the ratings of their extensions. (This is by no means a requirement for someone to be legit, it just helps.)
- Perhaps if the project is large enough to warrant it then ask for examples of their work. This may not be necessary depending upon the size and budget of your project.
General Rule Of Thumb: To make money we have to spend money. Both parties are taking a risk when taking on commercial work. It's no secret and nothing new....where it has been done this way for eons. Good luck!