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I'm a professional who provides WordPress security services to website owners for a fee. We set prices so that our team gets paid fair hourly wages; with money left over for advertising, re-investment, and hopefully a profit by the end of the year.

We work, and we expect to get paid for it, as do most professionals.

That said, IMHO; this is neither a crowdsourcing site, nor does it promote spec work. Lawrence is on target when he said:
StackOverflow exploits the people who answer questions - they are never paid. Wordpress.org exploits the people who answer questions - they are never paid. Experts Exchange exploits the people who answer questions - only a few of them get trivial benefits, and the rest are never paid.

This site is different - money gets paid to the people who answer questions.

Wish I had just one dollar for every forum post and WordPress question I've answered on scores of sites over the years. I do it because what goes around comes around (no sig line promoting my company, no requests to check out our site).

No one here is being forced to answer questions. If I may speak for the owners, this site was not created to provide income, but to provide a bit of extra incentive for helping out. And it's doing a job great of that.

What an excellent idea, only wish I'd thought of it first. Lawrence, please keep up the good work.

WordPress Security | 05/18/10 at 4:43pm

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