railslist.com - an opensource craigslist!

Today, I have successfully launched <a
href="http://www.railslist.com">railslist.com</a>, an open source
craiglist style classifieds script.

It is named as such to reflect the fact that it has been developed using
rails.

It will be released to open source community today.

In the meantime, i would appreciate if you could take time to have a
look, play around and let me know any issues.

This is a beta release and we will be releasing patches based on your
feedback.

More features will be added as and when the community responds with
their requirements.

This is my very first open source release, so please feel free to
suggest me with your tips.

Regards

www.railslist.com

This looks great, still lacking user accounts? and non US cities,
maybe you could export those from here http://www.geonames.org/ they
have xml dumps. Nice work.

Patrick Aljord wrote:

This looks great, still lacking user accounts? and non US cities,
maybe you could export those from here http://www.geonames.org/ they
have xml dumps. Nice work.

Hurray!. At last I've got one feedback. Thanks a lot Aljord.

This script can be used to serve multiple countries by keeping each
country in a subdomain and by running a separate instance for each
country. This makes administration easier.

User accounts can be implemented as Rails has excellent plugins to do
it. Probably, we can include it in future releases.

Why go with the same design as craigslist? I posted an ad and the
speed it hit my email was very quick.
-rob

Yes, why the exact same look ? IMHO the look of craigslist is to
cluttered, and the design is most likely copyrighted.
Looks fast.

Trausti

Trausti Thor Johannsson wrote:
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, and the design is most likely copyrighted.

At least under U.S. law, I seem to recall that designs aren't
copyrightable (certainly fonts are not, which is why font knockoffs are
possible). However, look and feel is coyrightable (or something
similar) in the case of software. This could go either way, I guess.

Best,

I don't think style is that important, don't like it? Just modify the
CSS and be happy.

Your SEO is not.. optimal.

http://www.google.com/search?q=railslist.com

Love the idea, and certainly would love to go through the code.
However, I second the thoughts saying that a totally different design
should be adopted.

One idea for the landing page would be a giant Google map centered in
user's location with markers for every city

Google maps could also be integrated to draw search results in certain
categories.

how to see the code? where to download it?

You mention that this is open source, but I don't see any mention of
where to download the source code. If you really want good developer
feedback then you may want to consider GitHubbing (is that a word?)
the project which will allow us to download and play with the
software.

Billee D. wrote:

You mention that this is open source, but I don't see any mention of
where to download the source code. If you really want good developer
feedback then you may want to consider GitHubbing (is that a word?)
the project which will allow us to download and play with the
software.

On Aug 15, 4:44�pm, Rails List <rails-mailing-l...@andreas-s.net>

I am yet to release it. I will be doing it today. Before hand, I just
wanted developers/normal users feedback, so that I can be sure that
critical things work as expected.

It runs very quickly when it's working, but I did have a lot of
intermittent downtime in-between browsing (1-2 minute spurts). [note:
that may just be my ISP, a lot of sites seem to be going slow today].

For testing purposes, it might be better to just have a couple of
cities. I was unable to find any other posts so I didn't spend too
much time browsing.

I do agree that it is too similar to Craigslist (which is far from a
perfect design to begin with). However, it is a great job so far,
congrats! There are little things that still need to be worked on:

1) if a user submits a new classified, the app should auto-fill the
city and category (when possible)
3) go to the user's posting after activation

Great ... where can we get the it ? Will localize and apply it to my
region...

erwin

good job! with open source you mean we can all help you working on the
project on github? I'm down with it!

I’m curious to know what the motivation behind this was. Makes a good proof-of-concept, perhaps you’re a student?

Otherwise, I don’t see any business value in cloning what Craigslist already does. If I’m going to post an ad, I’ll use Craigslist and suspect most people would. Posting an ad on a clone site doesn’t seem worthwhile…

Robby

Rails List wrote:

Robby Russell wrote:

I'm curious to know what the motivation behind this was. Makes a good
proof-of-concept, perhaps you're a student?
Otherwise, I don't see any business value in cloning what Craigslist
already
does. If I'm going to post an ad, I'll use Craigslist and suspect most
people would. Posting an ad on a clone site doesn't seem worthwhile...

Robby

There is no business motive behind this. Having said that, it can be
used for business purposes if one wants to.

I am shortly pushing it to github as well.

it can be downloaded @ www.classifiedscript.in.

can extract the archive with linux unzip for some reason

xeno@amrita:~/incoming$ unzip railslist-v1.0.zip
Archive: railslist-v1.0.zip
  End-of-central-directory signature not found. Either this file is
not
  a zipfile, or it constitutes one disk of a multi-part archive. In
the
  latter case the central directory and zipfile comment will be found
on
  the last disk(s) of this archive.
unzip: cannot find zipfile directory in one of railslist-v1.0.zip or
        railslist-v1.0.zip.zip, and cannot find railslist-
v1.0.zip.ZIP, period.

winrar works though. do you have a finnicky FTP client? (i'm usually
using some sort of scp when developing from Windows though, mayhaps
you should to?)

Also, the zip on your site looks to be missing tests. Maybe you
accidentally left these out when creating the zip ??

If RForum is the script that powers this forum and you posted via it,
how can it be that it doesn't work?

Colin

Colin Law wrote: