There seems to be a growing number of "questions" which aren't really questions, but simply requirements specifications. This often happens with regular expressions, but I have seen requests for small but complete Java applications to be written as well.
I would like to hear community's opinion on the handling of such "questions".
I think they substantially decrease the level of discourse on Stack Overflow, so I lean towards closing them as "not a real question", but it'd be clearer that this is the right thing to do if the rent-a-coder "questions" were explicitly mentioned.
Also, it seems to me that adding them explicitly to the "not a real question" category is a more effective way of dealing with them than previously suggested additions to the FAQ. Basic answer to those suggestions was that the offenders usually don't read the FAQ and even if they did, they would ignore it.