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Freelancer.com - Project Quality
(Page 2 of 3)
Like all sites, Freelancer.com prohibits
projects that deal with illegal activity. In addition, they have a list
of projects that they consider “invalid”; if one of these
projects is reported, they can delist it and in that case, the normally-refundable
project fee is not refunded:
- PVA related projects
- eBay account creation
- Email account creations - includes social network
- Money transfer and exchange
- Cloning of websites
- CAPTCHA Projects
- Selling of end products
- Advertising services
- Selling of stolen scripts
- Buying/Selling of Accounts
- Craigslist Projects
- eBay Scam Projects
Sounds good, but unfortunately, the
company does not do as much as it could to enforce these restrictions,
and you can routinely find many instances of the projects above in the
site’s project listings. See the ethical policy discussion for more details.
Project Value Restrictions
Freelancer.com does not explicitly
specify a project value minimum. However, it requires clients to associate
a budget range with each project, and the lowest-value range is $30 to
$250, so there is effectively a $30 project minimum.
As with most quality-related policies
on Freelancer.com, however, this rule is not very well enforced.
Client Verification Policies
Despite the quality issues mentioned
above, Freelancer.com actually does a reasonable job in this area. In
order to post a normal project on the site, a client must pay a refundable
$5 project listing fee. Since this payment is required up front, it acts
as a screen on fly-by-night “clients” who have no intention
of ever paying for the contractors they hire.
It is possible for new clients to
bypass this payment by using what Freelancer.com calls a trial project.
However, in this case, the project is actually screened by Freelancer.com
personnel; see below.
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