I know CSS because I use it as a webmaster, but I'm not an expert. I have a short break coming from college soon (until summer semester starts), although no break from my full-time day job, in the coming weeks. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help out. CSS is a lifesaver for the huge site I maintain at work.
Loc: Lancaster PA USA
(Not necessarily replying to anything you wrote, Donna. Your post was merely the latest one in the thread)
I just think it's a little disingenuous for a company which has spent money acquiring other properties over the past 18 months or so, and which runs a significant number of concomitant technical businesses to call for free work like this. I find it a little hard to understand how a company with the history and scope of Xplain would need to solicit a volunteer. How can there possibly be no one in their entire roster of employees and business & technical associates who they'd normally call to do something like this? And what about the liability of using someone who isn't under contract? There are all kinds of messes that could happen if someone doesn't know what they're doing, even if they say they do, and show other work to ostensibly stand as proof of their claims.
Please understand I have no quarrel with those who would volunteer to help, nor with their motivations for doing so. But Neil, if I were in your position I would be a little concerned if somebody comes out of the woodwork—somebody who isn't a well-known entity here—and volunteers to "help."
It just smells a little funny to me that Neil would even ask, or have to. Something is surely being left untold about why volunteers are being solicited.
Or, Neil, you could just go ahead...just tell me it's NOMFB!
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If my CSS expertise was up to the level needed for an endeavor such as this website I would gladly offer my time and services. These guys need help and asked. If anyone deserves it, they do. They have helped us out with a home when we lost ours, several times over.
In our midst we have a wealth of tech expertise and should have someone qualified to help or know someone who knows someone who is qualified.
It's funny, many of my web clients now are somewhat the result of a single volunteer (no pay) job I did many years ago that ended up helping to launch me into the web design biz. You never know what will turn out.
Anyways, in forums such as these, asking for help or asking why are both somewhat healthy and natural functions.
I will inquire around and see if I can find somebody who knows more than I do about CSS.
Loc: Louisville, KY
Just spit it out: You want to do it but want to get paid.
This sentence alone stands out as what your agenda is about:
I just think it's a little disingenuous for a company which has spent money acquiring other properties over the past 18 months or so, and which runs a significant number of concomitant technical businesses to call for free work like this.
You hide your agenda behind such simple things like "Just sayin', is all...", "which posed the perfectly reasonable question" & "It was a COMPELETLY fair question, and not posed in any kind of a rude manner."
Yeah, your initial question wasn't rude. But your follow up was.
Now, let me ask YOU a question. Why didn't you take this up with him privately? What purpose was it serving to ask this publicly? Look at the responses here..do you see anyone agreeing with you?
Hopefully Neil isn't thinking that we are a bunch of ingrates because you feel like you have to champion this cause.
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