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I have a question regarding re-writing and/or hacking an epson printer driver. Likely the answer(s) will also be beyond my ability to implement. Is it okay to ask for people to contact me re: paying someone to make the change? If not, where can I ask to catch the attention of SO people?

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See odesk.com/home – jjnguy Jan 31 '11 at 19:48

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No, it's not really acceptable to have people contact you to be hired for a project. You're more than willing to contact answerers directly if they have their contact information listed, but actively soliciting help in a question is bad form and generally frowned upon.

If you're looking to hire good developers to help you on a project, you can try posting a job to the Stack Overflow Job Boards on Stack Overflow Careers.

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So this can be rephrased as "there isn't a good place [in the SO family] to ask for paid help". What about elsewhere? – matt wilkie Jan 31 '11 at 18:55
@matt: I believe that would be careers.stackoverflow.com. – Matt Ball Jan 31 '11 at 18:57
@Matt & @matt careers is for long-term jobs, not single small projects. I think it is safe to say there is no good place for this at the moment – Pëkka Jan 31 '11 at 19:49
@Pekka: I'm not sure about that. When editing your CV, one of the options under "What type of work are you seeking?" is "Temporary contract." – Matt Ball Jan 31 '11 at 20:08
@Matt fair enough, but the $350 fee for the employer is pretty massive for a single project. Not unthinkable for bigger jobs, but still a sizeable chunk. – Pëkka Jan 31 '11 at 20:12
@Pekka, @Matt Ball - yeah temp contract is one of the options for people filing their CVs, but the someone wanting to search the CV's has to pony up $500 for the privilige. I understand and agree with the reason for that, but it does mean that for the kind of project I have on my bench right now I have no (quality) options. – matt wilkie Feb 2 '11 at 21:33

where can I ask to catch the attention of SO people?

SO Careers would be a great place to look, it will contain "SO people" who actually are looking for work. Even if they are looking for full-time work, they might be interested in a small side job.

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Thanks. Careers is the right idea, but this job isn't big enough for the buy-in price. I guess there's still a niche to fill. – matt wilkie Jan 31 '11 at 19:25

You might want to look at Elance, a website that is geared towards small-to-medium web-sourced contract work. It doesn't have any specific ties to SO, but I've seen it mentioned a couple of times on here.

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thanks. The search doesn't work very well, returning results only vaguely related, but the process for posting a small job is fairly smooth and painless. We'll see if anything comes of it. – matt wilkie Feb 2 '11 at 22:52

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