What's the feeling here on announcing work, or availability for work?
The Google Group's page doesn't say anything about it, nor does the
forum (at least without registering), but I haven't seen many such
posts, which I think I would if it were considered OK....
Not sure when the group's home page was 'minified' (or who is
responsible for maintaining it at this point) but the convention wrt
job postings _used_ to be clearly stated:
Job postings need to be prefixed with [JOB] in the subject line.
There was a time when there were a lot of postings from recruiters and
several list members voiced a preference for this approach so that
those posts could be filtered. There are a number of Ruby / Rails
-specific job boards now and I guess the recruiters are getting
sufficient response from those that they're mostly leaving the list
WRT, postings for availability, I don't recall it ever being clearly
resolved. There was, iirc, a general feeling that shops advertising
their services was both inappropriate and a waste of effort since the
audience here was / is individual developers. I recall a discussion
wherein the recommendation was that notice of individual availability
be handled via a sig line.
In any event, that was several years ago and, as you noted, the
group's home page (on google) now makes no mention of either case so I
suppose folks are free to do as they choose. If it gets out of hand
I'm sure someone(s) will bring it up again.