Is allowing users to submit ads going to be a problem?
September 21, 2010 2:31 PM Subscribe
[Web dev filter] I work for a small parenting publication that uses advertising on the website. My boss wants me to create an online system where a user can upload an image, choose from a number of different options (length of time the ad will stay up, number of pages on the site it will appear on, etc), then check out using PayPal. Am I crazy to think that there will be many problems down the road with this?
My boss got this idea from a website similar to ours, but they have since removed the feature from their site. It seems to me that they must have run into some problems that caused them to decide it wasn't worth it, and to just allow customers to interact with the sales reps (which is what my boss is trying to avoid).
I guess I don't have a real basis for my concerns, except that my rule for my boss as the sole web developer in this company is generally "if you don't see it anywhere else on the web, there's a reason". This occasionally shuts down his wackier ideas. This idea of his is not going away, though. Does anyone else have any experience with a system like this, either as a customer or a developer? Can you think of ways people could exploit the system? Is there a different, automated system out there that would save me the trouble of trying to build this from scratch?