These new forums should be extended for hosting services etc as well.
In regards to the certification of developers, well what will make a developer certified? A test? Previous experience with osC? Education? Code development (even if done poorly)?
Certification is an interesting idea, but unless you have a set of controls, on going skills upgrades and liability issues (if Harald certifies a firm, does thsat make him liable as well?) this idea really is a non starter.
The idea of members posting requests in these new forums has been an idea talked about for 10 years (imagine I have been around that long now, wow). I see two sides to this, as Harald should attain something for this (he is working on the project and I do not see others offering to cover his wages), and to ensure it is of service to the community at large.
Yes users can go to other places, but these other places generally mean you will not find an osC coder who really specializes in osC and related technologies. Coming here is the logical choice for finding developers who really specialize in osC. I used to be here daily, but my life has been pretty busy lately and I have found less time here (and maybe facebook had an impact too) but I know where my roots are from and always like to come in when I can and offer an opinion or two on interesting topics.
So, I am glad Harald has decided to create these two new forums, I think it will bring balance and help to those who need it and those who do support osC. I also think Harald should monatize the service as he is offering something to these shop owners and they are the direct recipients of his work, his generousity and the community at large.