I saw this question, .net api for amazon and eBay (the link is for 10k users), and realised I wasn't entirely sure how to respond to it:
Hi I am willing to pay for some help with eBay and amazon api help.
All I need to search is search the vinyl records category and return all buy it now items.
Same with amazon, but just needs to search vinyl record category.
Language. .net 3.5
After a bit of thought I decided that in this case the question is a clear "too localized" and voted to close it, but it raises two interesting questions:
- Is offering to pay someone for help acceptable on Stack Overflow?
- If not, should this type of "I'm trying to hire someone" question be flagged or just close-voted?
It's unclear from the FAQ and other questions on Meta whether Stack Overflow allows code-for-hire type questions. It feels to me that Stack Overflow is not about paid work; rather it is all about helping people because we want to help, not because we want a reward (apart from all that reputation, of course).
If this kind of question is bad, then what is the appropriate response? When does a question like this hit the "this should be flagged" threshold?