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The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, December 25 2014 4:59 PM UTC +00:00
Michael MooreBy Michael Moore
First created
Michael MooreBy Michael Moore
First created
$1,375
pledged of $250,000pledged of $250,000 goal
8
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, December 25 2014 4:59 PM UTC +00:00

About

I want to perform a social experiment with crowdfunding a permanent advertised space on a website for people to view and click through. This could be a link to your favorite website, your own company or blog, your facebook page, your Pinterest board, anything to which you'd like to drive traffic (please note some exceptions to this below). This space will be viewable by all, last for at least 10 years (I'm hoping for forever) and all backers of any level will be able to provide and own a clickable link to any page with as little as $1 (again please see exception below). 

Confused? Please read below or head straight over to http://www.pixelperdollar.com/ to see a terrible-now-but-will-be-improved prototype.

For those that may remember, the Million Dollar Home Page (http://www.milliondollarhomepage.com/) did this to help its creator with his student loan debt. I'm also in that situation, a few more years out but still with a ton of debt, and would like to use whatever's left to work on a venture and start building a better life for the people who've been there for me through everything. Why is the goal only $250K when the current grid is slated for a million pixels, you ask? Although it would be great to break that record, what I'd like to do differently is source the awesome Kickstarter community to see how high we can raise it, and promise all backers their pixels, not restricted to a square grid; if we break a million, we'll simply increase the dimensions as necesary. Also, I'd like you to help build out some of the suggestions for the website: colors, adding dynamic content, whatever feature's on your mind. If the project is funded successfully (the end date is December 25, so hopefully a Merry Christmas!), all backers will receive a notification through Kickstarter with a verification link that will allow you to submit your link, select color and/or upload a picture.

A horrendously terrible HTML splash screen with random colors can be found at http://www.pixelperdollar.com/. As backers increase and we near the goal, I will add fidelity and some actual working code to make it shine! Tweet me @pixelperdollar (https://twitter.com/pixelperdollar) with your thoughts on what some of the improvement tiers should be!

Tiers For Site Improvement

Let me know what you'd like to see at https://twitter.com/pixelperdollar

  • At $100 - I will add a title bar and nav header
  • At $150 - I will throw in some basic CSS
  • At $1,000 - I will include a poorly-written FAQ, and will remove all uses of inline CSS
  • At $25,000 - I will implement the database to support easy management of links, photos, and other settings. As well as legitimize the functions.
  • At $100,000 - I will upgrade the servers (they're mega cheap editions running currently because that's all I can afford! So, you may notice slow lag time if this thing takes off). 
  • At $200,000 - I will finish the working prototype, and provide some extra little goodies along the way, like redoing the UI (it's already too boring anyway, right?) and add some flare with Ember.JS plus add in some actual test cases. I'll also upgrade to Rails 4 and Ruby 2
  • At $250,000 - I will begin work notifying the backers with the instructions on uploading their links and pictures, and we'll create a beautiful piece of art together! 

In the Event of a Successful Fund

After the project, in the event of a successful fund, I'll release all source code to GitHub. Please note to all backers that the image and the content for the link you provide must not be obscene, adult or otherwise pornographic (there will be a short review cycle). Also, I will make every attempt to keep the site up and running and domains renewed forever, but there is a minimal guarantee of 10 years and in good faith I'll continue it beyond that as long as I'm able! Thanks in advance to all who have even read this far!

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is not meeting the project fund goal; after reaching the goal the biggest challenge will be the logistics of getting the backers to upload their link and picture/choose their color.

But bringing this project to completion is a fairly trivial task of connecting vacuum tubes to a few dozen ENIAC machines then transferring all data via Voice Over Carrier Pigeon (VOCP). I've architected and built a vast array of systems like these, as well as managed a ton of enterprise-level software, on both Windows and Linux, all of which turned into Cyberdyne Systems.

In all seriousness though, the functionality offered here is a cool and fun experience, and is definitely possible using a myriad of techniques that will scale to the growing number of backers. We could overengineer this, but in all things I develop I strive to make them fun, enjoyable, but most of all, usable and beautiful. I'll love putting this puzzle together!

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