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Occasionally I come across a good programmer that I could use to do some projects for me. I have lots of ideas and need help sometimes. I wondered if it's allowed to hire someone?

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You should go the the Stack Overflow Careers specific site to hire people :

http://careers.stackoverflow.com/

It is not a good idea to try hire people within the questions and answers site by leaving comments. That's not what the comments are meant for. Though, if you find the person's email on the profile, well then you can contact it. The profile is public, so if someone leaves their email, it's okay to communicate with them.

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As long as they aren't leaving off-topic comments about trying to hire a user, nobody will care. Heck, I got the job I'm about to start because someone came to my profile, looked up my email and asked me to fly in for an interview. –  Mysticial Apr 16 '13 at 0:11
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well that's rather neat –  user219273 Apr 16 '13 at 0:12
    
@Mysticial well yeah, if he contacts you directly by your profile that's ok, if the persons leave a comment on your answers to try to hire that's bad! –  Hugo Dozois Apr 16 '13 at 0:12
    
why is that bad? I haven't done that just wondering –  user219273 Apr 16 '13 at 0:15
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@Prog Because comment are meant to ask for clarification, provide a bit more of information (though most of the time that should be edited in the post), suggest information to the author of the post, so he can edit it. Not to try to hire for jobs, that just put noise on the site. –  Hugo Dozois Apr 16 '13 at 0:17
    
that makes dollars. i mean sense. ;) You're right. –  user219273 Apr 16 '13 at 0:18

Assuming you have a legitimate project, and you're not filling answer comments with job solicitations, then

Go for it

I got hired in my current—dream—job after my current employer went to my profile, browsed to my website, found my email address, and contacted me.

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This answer is just wrong. Posting job ads here anywhere but Careers is outside the scope of the sites, and violates every faq I've ever seen here. SO, for instance, requires that they be specific programming questions about actual problems, and trying to find an employee (even if it's for a coding job) is not a programming problem any more than my asking for a list of good lunch spots because I'm starting a job at Google and programmer's gotta eat to keep up their strength for writing code. –  Ken White Apr 16 '13 at 11:35
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@Ken - don't care. My job's awesome and high paying, and I got it from a user contacting me through my profile. Everything else is just noise as far as I'm concerned. –  Adam Rackis Apr 16 '13 at 16:03
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The question asked nothing about asking through the profile, and neither did your answer. (And thus my comment.) If you meant "through their profile if an address is available", you should say that so that it's clear (as Hugo did). :-) Your answer sounds like "Sure. Contact them.", which leaves open asking in comments and other places, and that's what newcomers who find it will think you meant. –  Ken White Apr 17 '13 at 1:21
    
@Ken - OP didn't specify how he wanted to contact people, and my answer was quite clear on how I was contacted; I hope I didn't imply that making comments for this purpose was ok. –  Adam Rackis Apr 17 '13 at 2:04
    
Adam, that's the immediate impression I got (and the reason I posted the comment I did and the downvote), and I'm not new here. :-) If I misunderstood what you meant, I'd suspect someone new here could do so easily. I wouldn't have had any objection to it if it was clear how the contact should be made. (Note I said "Posting job ads" in my comment.) –  Ken White Apr 17 '13 at 2:10
    
@Ken - whoa - delphi :) Ok, I've edited my answer to be a bit clearer. –  Adam Rackis Apr 17 '13 at 2:23
    
And you're insinuating... what exactly? :-) Delphi does Win32/64, OS X, supports generics and closures, and will soon be supporting iOS and Android, all from the same language. But I've got a few badges in other tags, too, and I reed n rite purdy gud when I try rilly hard n consintrait. ;-) –  Ken White Apr 17 '13 at 2:35
    
@Ken - I'm no language snob (unless it's VB, naturally). Delphi is just not a common language to see in these parts. Sorta like seeing a gold badge in Ada :-) –  Adam Rackis Apr 17 '13 at 3:07
    
Adam, no offense taken (you saw the smile, right)? I'm used to it somewhat. :-) –  Ken White Apr 17 '13 at 10:52
    
Oh none intended, @Ken :) –  Adam Rackis Apr 17 '13 at 15:27

Not that I'm an expert at this , but the right kind of work and money usually gets things done in the world of IT. I'm assuming you are talking about IT work , considering you want to hire a good programmer. Also you might need to be specific about what kind of skills are you looking for.

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skills vary and I'm not "open hire". i like trustworthy hard workers and many people say they are that but really they are not. I occasionally need help with an advanced project. However I spend a lot of my free time learning on my own. –  user219273 Apr 16 '13 at 0:13

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