Why superstar programers hate recruiters? Look at this people [https://gist.github.com/1962484
and authors of stupid comments below] or [https://twitter.com/#!/dhh/status/154336235068993536
I don't get it. Recruiters are doing their job - they are linking employers with employees. That's sort of useful activity, given high unemployment rates.
Obviously someone might not be interested in a job offer, but why publicly mourn about that?
Sometimes when I walk or drive I come across people who are cleaning sidewalks or streets. Sometimes I have to wait or walk on the lawn or drive slowly but it never came to my mind to be angry. These people are doing their hard and, in fact, very important job, getting salary probably lower than mine.
The superstar programmers are earning much more than average recruiter. They get these money partially because the company they are working for managed to employ right people - maybe thanks to some recruiter’s work.
Some superstar programmers are kind of celebrities. That has advantages and disadvantages: Basecamp is so popular because of the hype connected to 37signals people, (David Heinemeier Hansson, Jason Fried) and Ruby on Rails. So DHH managed to become rich because of the marketing strategy, in which he and his 37signals colleagues played crucial role. They are rich, popular, sell books, many people know about them and want to work with them, use them, etc. Celebrity’s everyday life.
Madonna, Lady Gaga, Jack Nicolson, Dustin Hoffman, Kate Winslet or Nicole Kidman are also getting job offers all the time, but I haven't heard that they are arrogantly complaining about it.
You do not want to receive job offers? That's simple. Remove your Twitter/FB/G+/LinkedIn account or keep it private. Stop blogging. Don't post your e-mail address publicly. Use fake Github account (if you need to use Github at all). You are invited to TED conference - refuse. And so on. Easy.
And think how many people would like to have your problems with recruiters.