Larry, you just expressed one of the major concerns with the tracking system. Thinking time - often the most valuable resource a highly experienced provider brings to the table - is completely non-trackable.
For providers willing to take on hourly jobs they are more or less forced to use Tracker other than in cases like Jennifer M. where I believe she has a long relationship with the buyer or an iron-clad contract to cover this type of thing.
@Vince D wrote:
Steve Ballmer on IBM and writing code for OS/2.
ugh... gotta admit never had it quite that bad but the industry went from terrible like the IBM example to really cool to now it's a tax writeoff for companies and half my job was always stupid status reports.
I always used to do like 2 sentences for my status reports and always heard about it but some devs would spend all day on theirs and I would LOL. They milked that day p gud on just screenshots and bragging about their accomplishments. I'm a terrible employee I tell ya.
It's extremely rare for me to pay any attention to my freelancer's work diaries at all. All I care about is what they deliver. You've got lots of good responses to this already, larry. I definitely wouldn't dispute the hours myself. If you're not happy with the end result, just don't hire them again.
Well, if you really want your freelancers to be "active" while thinking, you might as well ask them to tap random keys and just delete them when they finally think of something worthy of writing.
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