I have no experience with the current batch of sites but I know that I definitely have (side) projects where I would like to have someone code something for me. Now I do have some experience in offshoring coding projects (while at Microsoft this DVD driver my project depended on wasn’t outsourced but was being developed by a non-Redmond campus) and definitely don’t want to repeat those experiences.
So what would be nice if there was a site for “professional programmers” to be matched with serious projects. In other words a site that attracted the best and brightest from Stanford/MIT/Waterloo either in need of side projects or as a way of earning a living. Yes, I could post on Craigslist but by the time I screened resumes, put the good ones through an interview loop, developed a short list and then have them bid the projects the time involved on sides would be significant. If there were a site that could short circuit that and let me browse profiles and portfolios of top talent from good schools and good companies and submit a project to three of them I think everyone would be happier.
Would the top talent want this? Watching my professional programmer friends “grow up” many of them take long sabbaticals after two to five year stints at companies like Microsoft and Amazon I’m sure a project now and then during their sabbatical would go a long way in terms of replenishing their piggy banks as well as keeping their skills current. Especially if they weren’t competing against $1/hr folks and instead were competing with their peers for $75/hr jobs.