I want to make a nonprofit "tracking game" site. [url removed, login to view], [url removed, login to view], and [url removed, login to view] are a few examples of tracking games. While I understand that the budget is tiny considering the complexity of the project, I'm positive this would make wicked portfolio addition. Please read on...
What the site would track, in this case, are objects with a url, "object name" and password written on them. When someone is given the object, they go to the url (the homepage for this site), where they can either a) type in the "object name" or b) skip the login and browse the site.
a) Typing in the "object name" will redirect them to a blog-style page that has been created for the object. There, they can read (in other words, track) all of the posts made by other people who have been given or found the object. It is organized by most recent at the top of the page, to oldest. Visitors are allowed to write a post on this blog. There should be a post form at the very top, just beneath the most recent post. But one of the fields in the form will be the "password" field. The password must match the one on the object for the post to actually publish. (Other fields in the form would be "your name" "city/state/country where you found the object" "tell us the story", for now. But later, I'd like this to develop to where they can post photos or embed youtube videos.)
But, before they can actually post, they will be asked to create a username of their own (maybe a field within the post form). I want to make this registration very easy, so as to not discourage them from posting in the first place. Perhaps after the post is published to the blog (which would happen only is the username has not been registered), they can be redirected to a "registration completion page" where they enter their email address and they select a password, etc. Keep in mind that this username/password is different from the "object login". The purpose of this registration is to keep a track of which objects a user has been given. Users will be allowed to create profiles. (Down the line, this should develop so that they can create their own "object names" and passwords and track these objects as well.)
b) Browsing the site without an "object name" will allow visitors to view all of the other objects by name. There should be an index page with some highlights like "latest posts" or "most active objects". When this person visits the blog-style page for an object, they see the same exact thing as someone who was redirected to the blog from the homepage. In other words, they'll see the post form... but obviously they won't have the password.
These people who have not been given an object should still be allowed to create a username and profile for themselves. There should be a link for this somewhere in the navigation bar.
Again, this is a nonprofit idea. I have a domain and hosting plan, and will also be putting some money toward creating the first several "objects". I am hoping to keep the cost of website development down. If this really catches on, it would make a great addition to any developer's portfolio. However, the important thing is that you be passionate about the cause, and that you will not just boringly fulfill my requests, but also provide input of your own.
The cause is based on "giving" these objects. The idea is that you pass these objects on to people who have done something nice for you or for someone else. These objects would be small enough to carry on you at all times (for example, a livestrong-style wristband, a gift card, a business card). It's a concept that's meant to inspire people to do good deeds. If you are interested, please post.
(Note: I would prefer someone in the Los Angeles/Orange County areas, so that we can meet in person a couple of times to discuss the details of the concept, draw layouts, etc. But if you think this can be done without face-to-face time, please post as well.)
You can read an article about tracking games here: [url removed, login to view];_r=1
Thanks for your time!