Sometimes projects turn out to be not quite in accord with legislations of different countries. It might be a good idea to add "illegal" as a reason for flagging a project as inappropriate.
What do you think?
(Please feel free to move the message if it's in a wrong place.)
"Because oDesk reaches a global audience, it is impossible to declare something is illegal or legal."
Actually, it's not impossible. oDesk is an American owned business and it resides here in the USA. Mountain View, California to be specific. They should absolutely be going by US law, and what is deemed illegal by law should be held as illegal on the platform.
I second the motion for an "Illegal" flag. I've seen tons of illegal crap being posted on this site. I flag them whenever I can and even use the Live Chat option to report when something is really bad.
You have a bad habit of picking up little bits of posts and then blowing up on them, don't you?
oDesk has a poor moral standing when it comes to "illegal" activities that are posted through this site. Anything to do with hacking, cracking, reverse engineering or similar should be immediately flagged when the client goes to post the project. Just because it may be legal in some little 3rd world country doesn't make it OK to be posted here. Just because the work may be performed in a place where it is 'legal' does not mean it is right to post an advertisement for it in a place where it allows anyone, no matter the legality in their region, can perform the "job".
I'm pretty certain that you know exactly what the OP and I meant but, you took off you your own little excursion as if Mountain View was the point of the conversation at hand.
No offense meant.
Freel free to re-read my statement while substituing "the United States" for Mountain View. The same philosophy applies.
ODesk has clearly stated policies of its own which prohibit the activities you mention: hacking, cracking, reverse engineering.
But many of these are NOT actually illegal according to local, state or federal laws governing Odesk.
I support oDesk's prohibition of these types of activities. But this is exactly my point: ODesk's policies should not be constrained by local/regional legalities.
I think what you are seeing is job postings that violate oDesk's policies, rather than a company which doesn't have such policies. It is difficult to police all the job postings, but contractors can help do so by flagging jobs which are inappropriate.
I would like to be able to flag posts as illegal too. Whatever is against oDesk's TOS, is illegal in oDesk land so to speak. It shouldn't be country or region specific, but adhere to the policy as laid out in the user agreement and terms of services. It is in oDesk's best interest to create descriptive flagging labels as it streamlines the effort on the backend and helps oDesk staff to prioritize appropriately.
Along with illegal, there should be one for at least immoral ones - specificall I'm thinking academic cheating, and requests for academic articles and theses to be written. The job lists are riddled with them at the moment.