On Home Improvement, would it be on-topic to ask for a website recommendation where I would seek to purchase somebody elses time to do DIY-related work for me? For example, would the following question be on-topic on Home Improvement?

Looking for a web application that brings handymen etc. and their customers together

I'm looking for a web application where customers can review the work of handymen, painters, cleaners, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, etc.: anyone performing manual labour for others for a fee. On the web platform I envision, the handyman (etc.) advertises their services, and customers can review and rate their work. Perhaps it also includes a service where customers can post a request and handymen can bid to carry this out. What Tripadvisor and Kayak are for hotels, what Urbanspoon is for restaurants, and what Yelp is for businesses in general.

I am aware of werkspot, but this is only for The Netherlands. My existing approach is to look at craigslist/kijiji/gumtree or whatever the localised equivalent is, but searching for a particular service will yield many results with no way of systematically estimating previous customer satisfaction.

Can anyone recommend a web application according to my description?

Would this be on-topic?

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This sort of question should be off topic.

Recommendation questions are hard and it's no surprise that most sites don't allow them. Those that do have very strict rules about what makes a good question.

There are a number of problems with this type of question:

  1. They attract spam.
  2. They go out of date very quickly.
  3. Did I mention they attract spam?
  4. Answers are often just a link with no explanation of how that meets the questions requirements.

You can always ask in chat.

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  • All of those reasons, plus they attract a lot of spam too. – BMitch Nov 4 '15 at 22:19

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