A photo prof wanted to host an online photo auction, Eyewitness I, to raise funds to compensate for this year’s massive budget cuts. There’s open source auction software out there, and plenty of open source image gallery software, but how to combine them? (keeping in mind that I work on zero budget and even less time).
Ended up using Gallery, which allows people to leave comments on images. Altered the default templates (which is way harder than it should be) and then hacked the comments feature to function like an impromptu bidding system. It doesn’t do any fancy auction transactions, just lets the prof and other bidders see what the current high bid is. Everybody’s happy.