Somehow or another my wife and I got involved in a project in Southeast Asia that is attempting to build a very complex website. It is being built in (with?) ASP.NET MVC 4.0. The site will have forum, reviews, booking, classifieds, and general information pages and the hope is that it will have <1000's of registered users. It will be an English language site.
There are two coders - although they seem to be pretty good coders, they speak extremely limited English and their writing skills are also limited. That's how my wife and I got involved. We are the token English speakers and writers - travel writers by trade. We have ended up as the "project managers" cultural interpreters and main beta testers. Although we are computer savvy, we don't write code, and this is the first website that we have tried to help design. This is also the most complex project that these coders have ever attempted.
So I need a reality check. The progress on the site is very slow. To try to speed things up, I asked the coders if it was possible to take open-source material, written for ASP.NET and plug it into their code. For example, I have seen a few forum projects written in ASP.NET MVC that are much further developed than what we have, which is basically nothing at this point.
They say no, cannot. Their databases won't match anything else and besides open source is full of malware! They think that they have to write every line themselves. I think it will take forever.
Am I crazy?