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Erwin A Member Since: Aug 27, 2011
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Thanks Darren! This is great! It's my first time finding this forum, my first reply. I really enjoyed reading your post. I'm a newbie here on oDesk and have experienced or seen everything you've just mentioned.
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Judith B Member Since: Aug 26, 2011
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you could also add all those that talk about being a "great opportunity for newbies" which means: no, it is not a great opportunity - the employer knows their rates are a joke and hopes to scam some recent arrival into accepting their "great opportunity" in return for feedback. I saw one of these today that actually threatened to give negative feedback for some infringement or other in the job description. Obviously, the pay was also ridiculous.
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Janeth N Member Since: Jun 27, 2008
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I don't know if we can flag those kind of job posters. This is really exploitation.
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Gaya L Member Since: Feb 7, 2016
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I agree! We need more protection here! 

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Barbara W Member Since: Nov 16, 2007
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Using feedback as a threat, or as leverage in such a way is violation of policy and yes, you should absolutely flag anything like this. One more thing, it doesn't make sense for someone to work for free for feedback, because if a contract doesn't generate earnings of at least $1.00, that feedback doesn't post on the profile and it doesn't count into the feedback rating. So, again, please flag these posts. Thank you!
"Everybody is talented, original, and has something important to say." - Brenda Ueland
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Judith B Member Since: Aug 26, 2011
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is that this would-be buyer decided to include the negative blackmail in the actual job posting. Yep. That, along with the hilariously low rate and "great opportunity for newbies" warning signal, really is going to attract people. I don't think anybody applied, strangely enough. I did flag the posting because it was obviously trying to take advantage of people, but wasn't sure what category to put it in.
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Barbara W Member Since: Nov 16, 2007
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Thanks for clarifying. I think the best one to choose if there isn't a good one, is the spam option, or you can contact Customer Support to submit a ticket to report it. You'll need the link to the job posting when you do that, though, so oMQ can find it.
"Everybody is talented, original, and has something important to say." - Brenda Ueland
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charles k Member Since: Jul 5, 2016
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Do some people actually do work for $1? I am new to this site, and reading this has been interesting to me as someone who is interested and hiring through the site.

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@charles k wrote:

Do some people actually do work for $1? I am new to this site, and reading this has been interesting to me as someone who is interested and hiring through the site.


No, Charles K!  

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Grace B Member Since: Sep 14, 2011
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two thumbs up for your awesome effort to take time to write these enlightening tips! a must-read post for odesk contractors (and buyers alike) especially newbies (that's ME!)