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Sharing experience with other clients and freelancers to get a better overview of the site's working and of the whole freelancing world, in order to better negotiate the site and that world with less chance of getting scammed, or working inefficiently and below your true value. Feeling empathy with like-minded people and feeling less entrapped in your little cyber-world and so less inclined to go and spend money on beer and relaxing medications. Sorry - just read it again - you want to go on the forum because you think one of oDesk's algorithms will make you richer? oDesk's algorithms are not there to make people richer - most of the mad robots they have seem to have been written to strip away livelihoods, not enhance them(or at least that's the effect they seem to have...)
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[quote: Stephen B.]....... and so less inclined to go and spend money on beer and relaxing medications.[/quote] Uuuuummmm ... some of the posts make me more inclined towards both of the above.
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Thanks for your response. Actually, I use the forums more so to learn the latest news on oDesk as I never get any in my inbox. I have to come here to find out what's new. The reason I asked what the economic benefits are - just wanted to make sure that not participating here doesn't make my job applications land in "hidden" section which I learnt of a couple weeks back. From the forums.