Before we get started I want to concede that I got this idea from Paul on the internet marketing forum. BUT I do think it is highly relevant for what is happening in the offline forum as well.
So just like Paul over on the Internet marketing forum I've been seeing a lot of threads here lately from people talking about tough times. And I agree, some of the stories are emotional and really quite saddening whilst others come off as having an ulterior motive.
Either way if this forum is to fulfil its purpose and help like-minded people then one thing is for sure. We should have one resource where everyone has a chance to share their ideas.
So, here's Paul's suggestion (and I want to echo each word):
Pretend this is a request from someone who's in a tight spot, and needs to figure out how to make some money quick. We don't know if they're on the verge of getting kicked out into the street tomorrow, or if they've got a couple of months to get something going.
Give your best suggestions, starting off with the required skills and the timeline you're addressing. Let's get one thread with a ton of ways for people to handle a tough spot.
Then, when the threads come up, we can point them here. The folks who need advice get it - a lot of it in one place - and you don't have to re-type your answers every time.