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    I am a frequent viewer of the forums, particularly the contest forums.
    I'm a student, and I often do the contests for fun to exercise my
    skills, often not even submitting them to the contest. I just like to keep my problem-solving skills exercised.
    It just seems like every time someone posts a contest in the contest forum, every
    user pulls out their anti-spec work argument. Not that I disagree with
    them or anything, of course no career designer will waste their time
    doing free work with all the risk, but it gets REALLY old hearing it
    every single time.

    Couldn't you post a thread in the contest forum that says 'Read before posting or entering a
    contest' or something and explain to contest givers that many designers
    on the forum don't agree with spec contests, and explain the ethics of
    the situation to the designers and leave it at that? Every single
    contest thread turns into a cynical discussion about the reliability of
    a contest giver and the ethics of doing spec work. I think it should be
    up to each individual user whether he or she wishes to participate in a
    contest and we should be able to make that decision without the
    badgering and lecturing of other designers on the forum, and oftentimes
    the other designers will make fun of or make known their disrespect for
    any user who does choose to participate. I think this is unfair and I
    hope the forum will do something to resolve it. It makes the forum a
    really un-fun place to visit with all the conflict.

  • #2
    I agree with you Morgan. We are definitely sending mixed signals when we on one hand condone them by having a section for them and on the other hand flame both the people who post them and the people wh reply. I will continue my crusade to have both the contest and the job sections removed. [img]/emoticons/cool.gif[/img]

    Where am I going and why am I in this handbasket?

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    • #3
      There is a stickied post in the contest forum about 'When is a contest not a contest'.
      People read that about as much as any disclaimer we come up with.
      As in, quite obviously, they don't.
      And it's written better.

      I used to check websites and contact info and post a cautionary disclaimer on every job or design-for-free ad I moderated in but people still jumped on em anyway.

      I'm with Kool on removing the Job and the Contest forums. But this is Allen's place. His decision is the final one.

      PD is a grande format digital print dude. His advice/opinions may not apply to the 4color/offset/web world of printing

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