Lets first see the image I attached or follow the link...
**edited for Community Guidelines**
This job post says
**edited for Community Guidelines**. When I first saw this, I thought Oao...Is that a new feature to advertise freelancers themselves to get jobs? I scrolled down and found there are more of it. At least 4 to 5 of it, the same post. Then I realize its a spam and definitely its advertisement. I flagged three of them myself as spam and advertsing.
But unfortunately, the following morning I found them again. I was shocked. If it is still there what is the meaning of flagging? What should we do or oDesk do to remove such spams or self advertisement? The first tought came to my mind again "Is that a new feature to advertise freelancers themselves to get jobs"?. Is that what I am missing?
Looking forward to hear more on this issue. Thank you for reading and for your valuable reply.
Hi Md. Mahadi,
Thank you very much for reporting this. I will make sure this report reaches our Team and appropriate actions are taken against the user who posted it. Users are not allowed to use their client accounts to solicit work.
Also, note that we had to edit your post and remove identifying information.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
I agree that the flagging options need to be improved. In addition to the two categories Preston gives, I also sometimes use Spam, because it usually isn't clear how or why new "client" accounts get set up to post junk jobs.
In the big picture, it's an oDesk quality control issue. I still pretty green, but it sure is a waste of my time to also see ads that were clearly intended to be a private message to a freelancer, or ones with descriptions that are just the title repeated. I don't know if that's a new problem or an old one, but it ought to be addressed.
Either oDesk should improve the flagging, or they should make clients jump through more hoops when it is clear they are posting rubbish.
re: "see ads that were clearly intended to be a private message to a freelancer"
It is actually very tricky and non-intuitive to send a private invite job to a specific contractor.
I think it is done using the "Contact" button that a client sees when they click on a Contractor's name in their team members list...
As a client, I have invited specific contractors to work on projects a couple of times, and I'm not sure I ever did it exactly right. I can tell that I have personally posted jobs in the general forum as public jobs and then sent a link to the job to a specific contractor, not because I wanted to waste the other contractors' time, but because I couldn't figure out how to do it the right way.
Its really nice to hear from you and as you assured to to take actions about this issue. No problem with editing. I will be more carefull next time. Just wondering why the word "flagging" has been edited. After all its a word used by oDesk itself.
You are always great to explain anything elaborately. I agree that there is something with the flag level that oDesk ccan work with to mak it ppropriate. Sometimes I hesitate when I want to flag a post thinking which one is appropriate. I think adding "OTHER option with manually typing the case as it is" would help to define the category properly. Though it will take some extra seconds but you will agree that when I will think a category for post at the same time someone else will think it as differently. In either case as a freelancer I just would be happy if there is no such job post which are spammy or inappropriate. Another thing I just want to say that sometimes the clients are not ignorant but some freelancer are so desperate to get jobs that they think of it as a alternative way.
Thank you Darrin to raise another good thing. I usually dont apply myself to a job post when it is posted specially for someone indicating names. But I saw some freelancers still apply to those posts. Definitely its a waste of time. I dont know how clients account works but I think thay can hire directly the freelancer they want. Why wasting times of others?