Selling Extensions & Exploiting Topics
-Second opinions on existing topics are always allowed and encouraged, as well as mentioning of extensions. However, if you are trying to exploit a topic with intentions of selling your extension you will be warned. There is a clear distinction between offering your extension as true help and exploiting. What does exploit mean? to utilize, especially for profit; turn to practical account; to use selfishly for one's own ends.
Obviously, there are thousands upon thousands of posts answered and replied to with the suggestion of extensions and this is encouraged. Again, there is a clear distinction between helping, and exploiting. If you are only here to piggy back topics with intentions to spam your extensions then action will be taken. This does not apply to the forum sections that are devoted to announcing and selling new extensions.
Commercial Development Ethics
-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. There is no "department" that deals with this per say, but trust me when I say...there are eyes in the sky.
- 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!
Patience for moderators and devoted forum support experts.
-As Open Cart becomes more popular with that comes more forum posts per day. Please be patient when posting a topic. Sometimes posts fall through the cracks or get delayed due to the actual topic or the number of people able to answer it. It "will" eventually be answered. As mention in Q's post http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=51672
it won't speed the process up by messaging moderators for help.