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Prohibited Projects

oDesk prohibits the usual suspects: projects that would get them in legal trouble, spamming, and so forth. It also has rules against encouraging or enabling off-site work, since that would mean that oDesk doesn’t get paid. Beyond that, the following project types are also disallowed:

  • Projects related to school work (no details provided on exactly what this means).

  • Projects that violate other websites’ terms of service (with Craigslist, Yahoo and Backpage given as specific examples).

  • Projects involving cloning or “spinning” copyright material.

oDesk specifically does allow adult content projects, but requests that they be so labeled in the project title.

Regrettably, oDesk doesn’t show that it is serious about these restrictions through its enforcement measures, as I discuss in the topic on ethical policy considerations.

Project Value Restrictions

oDesk imposes a minimum of $5 for fixed rate projects. I suppose this is better than nothing, but not much; it likely exists only to ensure that oDesk gets at least 50 cents in fees on every job.

And as if that weren’t bad enough, oDesk has no minimum at all for hourly projects. It is routine to find clients on oDesk posting projects asking for laughably low hourly bids of $1 an hour or even less than that. Even worse: dozens of oDesk contractors are willing to work for that much...


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