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Mark forums as private so only clients can access the client forums and freelancers for the freelance forums. The change will allow the appropriate parties to discuss their thoughts on topics relating to them. As well, it will also prevent freelancers from hijacking a thread or trolling threads that aren't meant for them to read or discuss. Why? Because they are not the client, only clients should be replying and discussing.
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Exactly why the current system is broke. Their needs to be a private forum for clients as well as contractor's. It's unheard of that employee's can hijack threads directed at other clients. Think of it like a board meeting with multiple companies and employee's storm in to be disruptive. Their should be some form of fix, ie; clients that have spent x amount of dollars on Odesk have access. Not a perfect fix, but it will keep most trolls out.
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as the system respects that we are all 'matured' individuals who take our liberties with utmost responsibility when we post stuff here. I clearly recall you insulting me and other freelancers' intelligence on the thread you posted in the Client's section - which by the way is in violation of forum rule # 6 --- Including profanity, vulgarity, hate speech, disruptive or hostile comments, interpersonal disputes or threats of violence in a post. And no, don't feel like editing it too for I took screenshots just in case lol. It won't be long... so I'd say 'Goodbye'
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There is no such thing as an "employee" here. We all run our own business, we are business owners. Get the employer/employee mindset out of your head. The plumber you hire to fix your toilet is not your employee, he is a contractor who is doing work for you. Same here. I have my own state licensed business. I am nobody's employee. I also hire contractors on oDesk as well as other places including locally. You seem to have a very limited view of others. Open your eyes, there is a big world out there.