Team, I'm the author/owner of the repo and would be happy to answer questions.
We were inspired by the concept some fellow MIT alumni used to win the DARPA red balloon challenge, using a Query Incentive Network to provide superior scale and reach with a distributed payout structure. Results have been very strong so far, here is some more detail on the theory: https://blog.rezscore.com/the-red-balloon-experiment-fab19a0...
We'd love to get your thoughts and questions on the concept, particularly as it comes to how to best organize this new GitHub repo to best help you in your job search.
Myself, I gathered a few lists, and what worked:
- bigger Markdown files https://github.com/stared/science-based-games-list
- YAML files(s), as in https://github.com/stared/interactive-machine-learning-list (see websites.yaml)
The first one is slightly better for seeing many positions than clicking on every single entry.
YAML was my second approach, and it worked even better - much easier to enforce a schema, a possibility to visualize however one wants, etc.
Overall, the repo is very easy to navigate. The challenge is that the .txt files aren't .txt files. They're markup.
- Use an extension other than .txt to communicate that it's markup
- Generate a website where these postings are easier to read
You might think it’s an opportunity because you don’t see anyone else doing it. That’s because people have been doing trying and failing at this exact concept for at least 15 years.
There’s a deep and wide startup graveyard dedicated specifically to job sites with bounties/referrals.
There, I just saved you years of pointless effort. Expend your energy money time relationships and life on something else.
Unless of course you think you’ll be doing it right/better/different/with a twist/with better timing etc. in which case you must understand you should go straight to the very very large section of that startup graveyard dedicated to those who were smarter than all the others who tried, then pour your money into the next open grave.
For example: Every company renting out its employees is taking the bounty. These bounties are enormous. I've had a job for years where I cost 12 times my before taxes pay. I've also had a short term job where I cost 15 times my salary. Previous employer took 100%, current one takes 80%. I think that bounty is much to large, it doesn't reflect the amount of effort rather how rare it is to have someone organize the hours properly AND keep employees working.
I think there is lots of room to redefine the relationship, offer a superior product at lower fees. If I'm paid 3 times my salary I don't mind not getting hours 50% of the time and be available 24/7.
Scripting the contract without bugs is really hard but who knows, the right guy might come along? 5000 Euro is nothing if you get a good employee for it.
What questions do you have? Others might be interested in the answers.
If your question is “maybe our twist is new/different/better?” Answer is no.
Search HN for jobs referrals bounties to find many more:
It’s an idea constantly being reinvented and failing.
- from a remote contractor
In general: Try to avoid organizing your data in hierarchies, and instead navigate by filters. (This is why SQL won over older hierarchal databases.)
(Unless you are using mongo on the backend, in which case I am not familiar with that)
I don't understand this part. So let's say I recommend someone to apply for a job. I get the bounty? Who else would it be shared with?
If someone else shares my link to someone and that someone gets recruited, how does the system know that someone else invited him?
Cool idea anyway
As a practical matter, people are finding it confusing so we are moving to more straightforward criteria
The logic behind the github interface is articulated in this blog post: https://blog.rezscore.com/job-bounty-share-github-repo-78cba...
There are many great UX for finding jobs. For my case, I get things done a lot faster on the command line so I would personally prefer such an interface for browsing jobs, and judging by the reaction to this post it seems others might agree.
A big shout out to the companies who recognized this discount and will be rewarded with great value: Eight Sleep, Polis, Standard Tokenization Protocol, Zimperium, Adnomi, Checkbook, EnergyHub, Apptentive, PagerDuty, BetterHalf, Power Integrations, and EverQuote plus others I may have missed.
(I've got a relevant audience, so not spam)
I do hope that more remote opportunities are posted. I am an iOS developer who has worked remotely for the last 5 years, but increasingly noticing the trend towards fewer remote opportunities. In the age of constant high-bandwidth video communication you'd imagine that the reverse would hold true.
Of course the payout structure is at our discretion, we can only imagine how people will try to game this. While we encourage some creative thinking, we want to avoid outright spam.
For one, job seekers will benefit by knowing which companies are hiring, so applicants can try their luck at disintermediating us and taking their chances directly on the company websites. We'd argue that applicants will have more success through the direct relationship we've cultivated, but the option exists in the current incarnation.
Second, this repository will hopefully evolve into a very useful resource as job hunting evolves. If this happens, our codebase could become a great template and readily forked to create additional job resources, even competing ones, since we are releasing this under the MIT license.
That said, of course I'd love it if even more people use https://rezscore.com/ -- our team are building incredible tools to improve the job search process.