I am seeing a few people posting for Job Opportunities within the community, which is not what we're about. I'd like to get some community/mod feedback on a new custom close reason. Feel free to add a new answer with the wording and links you would like to see when we close these types of questions. As well, should we make a specific Meta post about why it is off topic?

Questions asking for freelancers to complete work are off-topic because it is essentially advertising, not asking answerable questions. If you need workers, you can check out Stack Overflow Careers. For more information, see the Help Center.

  • What would the timeline be like to implement this off-topic reason? Feb 16, 2015 at 20:52
  • @Chris just need 2 mods to sign in and hit approve
    – Canadian Luke Mod
    Feb 16, 2015 at 21:19
  • So you and either Amelia or jmort253? Feb 16, 2015 at 22:55
  • Yup. And for more than just 2 votes
    – Canadian Luke Mod
    Feb 17, 2015 at 0:47

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To ease the need to write a meta post, we could link the close reason directly to the help center page on user behavior. See the following section:

Avoid overt self-promotion.

The community tends to vote down overt self-promotion and flag it as spam. Post good, relevant answers, and if some (but not all) happen to be about your product or website, that’s okay. However, you must disclose your affiliation in your answers.

If a large percentage of your posts include a mention of your product or website, you're probably here for the wrong reasons. Our advertising rates are quite reasonable; contact our ad sales team for details. We also offer free community promotion ads for open source projects and non-profit organizations.

  • Can we edit that section to include asking people here for jobs?
    – Canadian Luke Mod
    Jan 14, 2015 at 17:35
  • We can't edit it, but I can ask the community management team if it's worth adding that into the global template for all sites. I'll do that right now.
    – jmort253
    Jan 14, 2015 at 17:36

Adapted from my related answer:

Questions asking for or requesting work are considered off-topic since they are essentially advertising. For more information, see "Why can't I ask for freelancers to work on my project?" or "Why can't I advertise for work?"

I think it would be a good idea to create a meta post for these scenarios.

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