I had developed a functioning prototype of the Digital Art Auction in PHP/MySQL as a plug-in to the Xoops CMS/framework.
Unfortunately, I failed to keep my version of Xoops up to date, and despite some effort couldn’t get Xoops operational again.
T’DAA! has now reverted to the older FrontPage site for the time being.
Once the Contingency Market is operational, and I’ve finished migrating QuidMusic to it, I’ll produce a new T’DAA! site.
I hope your art auction website succeeds! I would find it useful. I am a visual artist making the best of selling art to the public domain using kickstarter.com:
I tried programming something similar on my own website using PHP and the PayPal API, but I’m not a programmer by trade, and it took 7 hours. On kickstarter, I just had to post a picture and write the contract describing my proposed release of art to the public domain.
I see value in the eventual success of the T’DAA site. Prospective patrons would understand the concept of paying for the release of public work, so I wouldn’t have to include a distracting explanation in every painting description. Customer attention spans are precious! It might also help marketing. It’s time consuming to search acquaintances for people who naturally think in terms of ransoms to release art to the public domain. I hate to say it, but people are still more familiar with purchasing of one-of-a-kind original art or licensing copyrighted work.