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Prohibited Projects

It’s not easy to find, but vWorker does have a complete list of disallowed projects within its help files. In addition to the usual prohibitions against spam projects, dummy listings and those involving illegal activity, vWorker has a general list of illegal listings and another related specifically to its niche, software development.

General prohibitions include rules against projects containing any of the following:

  • Speculative or contingent-based compensation.

  • Ads for full-time employment (except for a special project listing type).

  • Vague projects.

  • Academic projects that “would determine a final grade in an academic class”.

  • Requests that violate the terms and conditions of a third party site.

  • Links to offsite requirements documents.

  • Unarbitratable requests.

The last two of these are directly related to vWorker’s comprehensive escrow and arbitration systems: the company doesn’t want to be put into a position of having to arbitrate a project where it lacks sufficient objective information to make a determination.

Software-specific prohibitions include disallowing projects related to most kinds of malicious or unethical software, including the development or modification of viruses, cracking programs, malware, keyloggers and email harvesters. Also noteworthy is a rule against programs that make use of proxies, which are tools often involved in illegal or unethical activity.

vWorker’s track record on implementing these policies is somewhat mixed; it does well in some areas, not so great in others. I have more details later in this review on the company’s ethical policies and how well they are enforced.

Project Value Restrictions

As mentioned earlier, vWorker effectively has no project value restrictions. Clients can list and award projects for as little as $4, and since vWorker’s own transaction fee has a minimum of $3, this means the client would get only $1. Amazingly, some projects get listed for that much, and even get bids.


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