Fiverr® – Project: Night Owl

Project: Night Owl

We’re Hiring Freelance Python3 Devs

Larry The Tech Guy, LLC is looking to partner with freelance Python3 Developers, and construct a large scale data driven A.I. project. We need skilled Python developers with an array of secondary skill-sets.

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Project Scope

The project will be a software service that will collect data from many different websites, aggregate, analyze, and store the data. The software will make many advanced intelligent calculations and inferences about the data, and store the results.

Project Parts

The following list contains the different parts of the Night Owl project. Developers will be given their own subsection of code to develop. In the end, all of the parts will be aggregated into the final project.

Database Manager

Handles multiple databases, and the flow of data between those databases as well as client connections that constantly feed in new data for storage. Connections must be secured, and encrypted.

Secure Socket Wrapper

A library that can be imported into each of the other scripts in order to provide a encrypted communication method via Python3 Sockets, and extended methods.

Web Scrapers

We need a unique, highly targeted and accurate web scraper for EACH of the multiple websites that we will be gathering data from. Each web scraper will send data over encrypted TCP to the [Database Manager].

API Manager

Some of the platforms we will be gathering data from provide their own API. For these sites, we need ONE universal wrapper to access EACH API.

Flask Dashboard

A web based dashboard for viewing and managing data, manual data entry, data import/export, and note keeping.

Unique Object Classes

Given the fact that this project will be handling a vast array of data types, we will need an object class for each type.

A.I. Brain

The Night Owl project will have a “brain” or “core” analysis script that will be made up of several application specific A.I. Algorithms working together to perform the overall task of analyzing the raw data, and drawing intelligence from it.

Skills Needed

The following is a list of necessary skills for the job. You must have excellent Linux Native Python3 Skills as well as ONE of the following in order to be considered. You do NOT have to have ALL of these skills, but candidates with the most of these skills will be considered first.

  • Python3 Webhooks
  • Python3 API Integration
  • Python3 Library: SQLite3
  • Python3 Library: Selenium (Firefox)
  • Python3 Library: Sockets
  • Python3 Library: TensorFlow
  • Python3 Library: Flask
  • Python3 Library: OS
  • Python3 Library: qrcode[pil]
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Web Server: Apache2
  • Front-end Web Development: HTML, CSS, JavaScript

How To Apply

In order to comply with the Terms of Service of Fiverr®, we are only accepting application via Fiverr®. Please, click the button below to be taken to our Fiverr® Request. From there, login to your Fiverr® Account, and reply to our request. Candidates with the most skills listed above will be considered first.

This project will be ongoing, therefore selected applicants that finish their part of the project may be given the option to take on another part. Even after the completion of Project Night Owl, we will have an ongoing need for developers in the future, and will offer first choice to the developers that help with this project.

Open Letter to Fiverr®

Dear Fiverr®

I’m Larry The Tech Guy, and every once in a while I use your platform to hire amazing freelancers that are highly skilled, very knowledgeable, and extremely talented. This has been a great experience, and I am actively looking to hire many more programming freelancers, as you have probably noticed. However, after all the value that Fiverr® delivers, I am left wanting just one thing, and that is what this open letter is about.

The Problems

Sometimes, I need a large project completed that requires me to hire multiple freelancers from Fiverr® and elsewhere. Even when hiring on Fiverr® alone, I find it to be quite a laborious, time consuming, and complex task to sift through request responses, organize freelancers based on skill, and differentiate between prospects and currently contracted freelancers. Yes, I know that the inbox and another system (I don’t know the name of it, but it’s where delivered projects are located) are virtually married together. I am aware of “staring” a message in the inbox. I am aware of the fact that all of the things that I have listed above can be done, but as mentioned, it’s a very slow and cumbersome task. Quite frankly, it has the end effect of making it take that much longer before I am able to come back on Fiverr® and hire the next round of freelancers I may need.

The other problem that I face that is solved by my workaround is the fact that you limit me to 2500 characters max when posting a request. The project I am currently hiring for, and future projects will require far more than 2500 characters, as you can see in this example: https://larrythetechguy.com/fiverr-project-night-owl/

My Current Workaround

A Quick Note

Before I explain the workaround that I currently use, please notice that my workaround has included and respected the Fiverr® Terms of Service as well as copyrights and trademarks. Also, notice that my workaround aims to keep freelancers within the Fiverr® Platform and Ecosystem. Please, read this letter to the end as I spent many hours putting everything together, and painstakingly made sure that I have followed all of Fiverr®’s rules. My workaround does touch a gray area of Fiverr®’s TOS, but that’s the reason for this letter. I am attempting to explain myself, my problem, my workaround, and my suggested solutions. I hope that you will find favor in me taking this approach, and not just shut me down.


The Workaround

Simply, my workaround is a simple form that is hosted on my website. All references to Fiverr® include the required “®” as per the Fiverr® Press Kit. I only collect the bare minimum information that I need in order to organize the teams that I build on Fiverr®. Once the form is completed, the user is directed straight back to https://Fiverr.com/ and is not given an option to navigate anywhere else. Please, see an example here: https://larrythetechguy.com/fiverr-project-night-owl/

This workaround allows me to organize freelancers as well as fully describe my project without a 2500 character limit while keeping 100% of all other communication on the Fiverr® platform. I even ask for the user’s Fiverr® Profile or Gig® link in order to have direct access to them on the Fiverr® Platform. I place these links into my web based dashboard for managing each project. Using my form allows me to automate the process of adding said data to said dashboard. This way I don’t have to burn precious time sifting and sorting by hand.


Proposed Solutions

I propose multiple possible solutions. They are as follows:

  • Develop a system within the Fiverr® website that streamlines the process of hiring, managing, and organizing multiple freelancers simultaneously. Include the ability to build questionnaires that customers can send to perspective freelancers as well as actively contracted freelancers. Maybe have a separate area dedicated to only the current freelancers a customer has an open contract with, and make it easy to locate and use.
  • Allow much greater than 2500 characters when crafting a custom request. I’m not sure why you chose an arbitrary 2500 char limit, but to each their own. I have successfully listed previous requests and found 2500 characters too be more than enough, however other times like now I find 2500 char to be nowhere near enough. Therefore, I am having to result to this method of treading the line of what you allow on your platform, and I don’t like it because I’m not sure how you’ll react. I am doing everything I can to keep you happy while also meeting the goals and deadlines that I have for such a large project.
  • Alternatively, you could allow customers to use or even embed customer forms like the ones I am using, and specifically allow it in your Terms of Service so long as said form is compliant with the remaining Terms of Service.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I hope that Fiverr® will find this letter to be helpful. Overall, I am highly satisfied with my experience on Fiverr®, and only wish to help Fiverr® improve by providing my feedback. I hope this letter is met with warm welcome as it was written out of respect, appreciation, and a desire to synergize with a platform that I have come to be quite fond of. I have used Fiverr® sparsely in the past, but that changes starting with this project: https://larrythetechguy.com/fiverr-project-night-owl/

I hope to get to know what Fiverr® thinks about this open letter. Please, feel free to message me inside my Fiverr® Account (this way I know it’s authentic), or publicly reply with an open letter of your own.

Thank you very much, Fiverr® for your time, consideration, and the critical services that you provide.

To many successful years of business,

-Larry The Tech Guy

Investigation of Rent2OwnHelper.com

On March 29, 2022, like most people, I began my day by scrolling through my Facebook news feed. It didn’t take but a few minutes to come across a very interesting post. It was advertising a piece of property for sale in Berrien County, GA. Living in Berrien County myself, and wanting to work toward the purchase of my own property, it quickly grabbed my attention and pulled me in. Little did the person that made the post know, I don’t blindly follow trails. I pay attention to every detail along the way, and in this case, that would serve me well.

The post is very visually appealing with a photo gallery focused on a beautiful house. This is also where we find our first red flag. There is no address for the home. 99% of legitimate realtors and agents will proudly include the address of a property in their posts. Not all of them, but an overwhelming majority.

At this point though, I wasn’t too suspicious. I just figured the address would be available after clicking the link in the post, but when I clicked the link, I was taken to a website that looked like a real estate website, but not one property was listed for sale, rent, foreclosure, etc.

So, upon first glance, the site appears to work like Zillow.com with a search area. But, when you search for anything, you are not going to see results. Instead, you will be met with a screen wanting more of your personal information before showing you a single piece of property.

So, getting more skeptical by the click, I decided to humor them, and attempt to make an account. After filling out the form, do we finally get to see properties? You guessed it. Nope! Instead, we are met with more questions.

After filling out these questions, I figured, “Surely I can see the properties now.” What was my reward for all of my private information? Of course, I get redirected to a brand new website, and it feels almost like a full circle to square one. Now keep in mind that we have been on Rent2OwnHelper.com, but after this redirect, we are taken to MyRTOPro.com.

In the spirit of reaching the finishline of this rabit trail, I continued on giving the requested information on MyRTOPro.com. Of course, the “Free Trial” is the result of trying to search MyRTOPro.com. Well, let’s give it a try! It is, “Free” after all, right?

So, we have our info populated into the form to get our trial. Now, let’s click “Continue.”

Surprise, surprise. Who knew? A payment gateway that wants my credit card details in order to charge me $1 for a “Free Trial.” Keep in mind, we started this journey two websites ago, and we have yet to see a single piece of property for sale, after also searching on both websites.

At this point, it’s painfully obvious that these sites don’t have a search function, and have been setup to farm your information right out of your hands. I’ve come as far as I am going to on this click trail. I’ve been lied to already, so let’s look online for some actual info about the clowns that run this website. Let’s start with a Who.Is lookup of the domain name. This will tell us who owns the “.com” domain name “Rent2OwnHelper.com”.

Looking at the global Who.Is database gives us a business name and address. Let’s take a look on Google Maps. Surely we will be met with an office owned or operated by “Rent 2 Own Helper”.

Interestingly, we arrive at an office plaza with the office in question clearly marked with a red pin. So, we need a closer look. Let’s drop a street view pin as close as we can.

Well, look at that. Thank you Google. We can drop right in front of the door of the office. Does the sign say anything about “Rent 2 Own Helper”, or anything “Rent 2 Own?”

What’s this!? “Mail Link?” Okay, so we are dealing with someone who has rented a mailbox or something, right? Let’s zoom in and take an even closer look.

Yep, a mail proxy business. So, we have someone who wants all of your personal info short of your Social Security Number. They don’t show you one property for sale other than the bait piece that is used to hook your interest, and fish you through the forms. All the way giving up, private, critical, sensitive information that can be used for Identity theft. Meanwhile, the person behind this scam doesn’t want you knowing where they are from, where their office is, or anything else about themselves. They hide behind what they think is a wall of invisibility. They don’t realize that this much information is public. The trail can be followed further, and I may soon pick back up on the trail and follow it all the way to the real person behind this scam.

Please let this be a lesson if you would have fallen for this scam, or another like it. Be very careful, and skeptical before giving out your personal information online. Just because it looks nice doesn’t make it honest, or what you honestly think it is. I will soon be releasing a course teaching you in detail how to do this research yourself in order to validate websites, and businesses that you might come across and need to validate.

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