Are there any web developers that are able/willing to create this website for a price?
Have you considered using pligg as a starting point? Or are you looking for a complete "build from scratch" approach?
What's your timeline / budget?
For now I will try creating a rough demo website so that when I present my idea people will have something to see. Thank you for recommending pligg. It gives me a starting point
So, the question you need to ask is this (IMO): Do you think you'll have the money to re-code later? Or should you spend the extra money now to build the platform you want?
On the partnership vs. paying a programmer...
If you plan on seeking a partner, be prepared to answer some tough questions like: Why is your concept original? How will you make money? What are the ownership arrangements going to be? Who will control the money? Who's your target market? etc.
At this point I have decided to pursue finding a web design partner while seeing if I can also find someone who can just make it and leave. Since I am creating a social media site I think it would be better for me to find a partner who is able to grow and expand the website. For now I am going to focus on creating a business plan and a presentation so I have something to show people. I just had a couple of questions on legality issues. How am I suppose to talk to anyone without them just taking the idea? Do I get people to sign a legal contract saying that if they wish to work with me they have to promise not to take the idea? Are there any copyright applications I can file?
Is the job still open?