I am currently the lead admin on a text based game (MUD) based on the C programming language. We have been around over a decade, and during that time we have had adminstrators and developers come and go. I am hoping to smooth out the variance in our development process by bringing on one or two hired coders on a consistent hourly or per project basis to work for us.
I envision having someone for the long term, who will be paid via the rent-a-coder interface. We would communicate on project plans and create exclusive bids as a result. Once work is completed, money is transferred, and then we begin again. Again, this can be as a flat rate, or hourly, depending on what we feel works best between us.
Individual would need to be talented with Linux, C coding language, and preferably with some exposure to fantasy/role-playing games, in order to make rational judgements or to ask questions when requirements are unclear. An individual with MUD experience is helpful as well.
Since our code represents the blood, sweat and tears of many people over many years, I would also be requesting a NDA before our codebase was provided upon successful bid.
1) Complete and fully-functional working program(s) in executable form as well as complete source code of all work done.
2) Deliverables must be in ready-to-run condition, as follows (depending on the nature of the deliverables):
a) For web sites or other server-side deliverables intended to only ever exist in one place in the Buyer's environment--Deliverables must be installed by the Seller in ready-to-run condition in the Buyer's environment.
b) For all others including desktop software or software the buyer intends to distribute: A software installation package that will install the software in ready-to-run condition on the platform(s) specified in this bid request.
3) All deliverables will be considered "work made for hire" under U.S. Copyright law. Buyer will receive exclusive and complete copyrights to all work purchased. (No GPL, GNU, 3rd party components, etc. unless all copyright ramifications are explained AND AGREED TO by the buyer on the site per the coder's Seller Legal Agreement).
4) Signed, faxed NDA.