Are users permitted to indicate they are willing to offer financial compensation for answers to their questions?

I'm pretty sure the answer to this is "No", but I couldn't find the answer written anywhere in the FAQ.

I am referring to Order list: Pay unpaid invoices, and any similar question.

If it requires some coding then can offer a small fee for it if completed in short time (2-3 days).


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The answer given to this question on Meta Stack Overflow gives some reasons why they should be edited out.

  • There's always the possibility that the offer isn't even genuine.
  • Assuming it is legit, it is essentially hiring someone to solve a problem. The place for hiring someone isn't within a question, it is elsewhere.

I agree with that answer that whatever the OP wants to offer, it should be done outside the site, and it should be the award for a good answer, not an incentive for answering.

On Stack Exchange, there are already bounties, which are an incentive to answer questions.

  • Thanks, that helps! I also agree. Commented Apr 23, 2012 at 15:47

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